Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships

Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships

The Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships at Imperial College offer an outstanding opportunity for potential international PhD students for the 2022/2023 academic session.

About Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships

The President’s PhD Scholarships aim to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor. Opportunities for PhD funding via this scheme are extremely competitive, with higher than usual eligibility requirements.

Applicants should be confident that they are able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance before applying for this scholarship scheme. Previous successful recipients of the scholarship have ranked highly in their class, often achieving grades of 85% or higher in their degree(s).

Application Timelines

Below  are the application timelines

  • Applicants who apply before 5 November 2021 and who receive a scholarship will receive  notification by 31 January 2022. 
  • The applicants who apply before 7 January 2022 and who receive a scholarship will be receive notification by 31 March 2022.
  • Applicants who apply before 18 March 2022 and who receive a scholarship will receive notification by 31 May 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

Below are the eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants can be from any country. There are no restrictions on nationality.
  2. Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK degree or equivalent.
  3. The candidates with a standalone Master’s qualification must have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They must also hold a first class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent (integrated Masters that form part of an undergraduate degree, e.g. MEng, MSci, M.Math, are assessed by Admissions as an undergraduate qualification when determining eligibility). Candidates with multiple standalone Master’s qualifications must have achieved a distinction in the one most relevant to their PhD study.
  4. Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores / grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.

Prior to applying, the candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project.


  • supervisors can only supervise one scholar at any time.
  • review the President’s PhD Scholarships Supervisors page for more information.
  • current Imperial PhD students are not eligible for a President’s PhD Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new PhD applications.

Selection Process

Review of the applications will by a two-stage process:

  1. Candidates meeting or predicted to meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the Department to which they have applied. Departments will select a shortlist of the very best candidates to present to the Imperial College Selection Panel for consideration.
  2. The Imperial College Selection Panel will make the final decision. The members of the panel are the Vice-Provost (Research) and the Faculty Vice-Deans for Research. The Panel will consider shortlisted candidates from all Faculties. Candidates who show the most potential will receive the scholarships.

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on final interview by the Department and (if applicable) on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.

Applicants not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for the PhD.

Value of Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships

Successful candidate will receive the following:

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • stipend of £21,800 per annum to assist with living costs
  • consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

How to Apply for Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships

There is not a specific scholarship application form.  You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through the university’s online admissions system. Your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

When prompted for a personal statement, you must ensure that it consists of approx. 1000 words (maximum 2 pages) and outlines your academic and research achievements to date. Also, the statement must explain in brief your planned research project. The selection panel will not consider statements exceeding the 2-page limit. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission.

To be considered for the President’s PhD Scholarship scheme, applicants must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form. In addition, you must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.

For more information, visit the Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships Webpage.

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