Scholarships & funding opportunities

Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme - Student Excellence Awards from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership funds are awarded to the University of Strathclyde annually.  The University administers these funds under the Strathclyde Research Studentship scheme and awards at least 45 PhD studentships annually for students commencing their postgraduate studies in Engineering and Physics Sciences. The funds are split between Student Excellence Awards (see below) and Research Excellence Awards. Students successful in the 2021/22 competition will commence studies in October 2021.

The Student Excellence Awards are awarded to students with, or who are expected to obtain, a 1st class honours with an outstanding emerging academic track record, with internal and external recognition and a proven commitment to the field of study.

The Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme 2022/2023 competition will open in Autumn 2021.

  • Number of scholarships 22
  • Value home fee and stipend for eligible candidates
  • Opens 1 November 2020
  • Deadline 31 March 2021
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Equipment and study costs
  • Duration 3.5 years


Academic qualifications

A good honours degree at first-class level

UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Contact us

Applications are made by academic supervisors and, in the first instance, interested candidates should contact the department/supervisor they are interested in working with.

How to apply

Each Faculty or Department may set their own internal application procedures and deadlines which may be prior to the deadline listed above. As applications for SRSS EPSRC SEAs are made by academic supervisors, interested candidates should contact the department/supervisor they are interested in working with in the first instance. 


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty Deadline: tbc
Departments may have earlier deadlines
Contact: HaSS Graduate School


Faculty of Science
Faculty Deadline: tbc
Departments may have earlier deadlines
Please contact Science Departments directly 


Strathclyde Business School
Departments set individual deadlines
Please contact SBS Departments directly


Faculty of Engineering
Faculty Deadline: tbc
Please contact Engineering Departments directly