PhD Scholarships 2018/19

Full bursary/fees only scholarships, commencing October 2018

Our vision at the De Montfort University (DMU) Doctoral College is one of developing the applied academics of the future. We are keen to welcome new students to our growing cohort of research students across the university, from fashion and design to pharmaceuticals, through to robotics and cyber security to art and architecture, and much more besides. We also offer a vibrant practice-based environment, whereby conceptualisation and active engagement are seen as both contributing towards the development of a chosen field.

At DMU, we are committed to research that can also benefit society, and our newly launched research strategy targets inter-disciplinary research in the areas of urban living, lifelong well-being, creativity in the digital age and social value.

DMU has a track record of research that impacts society and makes a real difference to people’s lives through improvements to health and well-being, infrastructure, creativity, economic growth, business and civil society. Our commitment to research is integral to our aim to develop our students as critical thinkers.

Committed to recruiting and supporting talented doctoral researchers our Doctoral College is delighted to announce applications are now open for the DMU Full Bursary and Fees Only Scholarships.

Prospective PhD researchers are invited to apply for:

  • Full bursary scholarships (covers Home/EU fees and stipend of £14,296)
  • Fees only scholarships for Home/EU applicants
  • Fees only scholarships for International applicants

De Montfort University offers an exceptional research environment and is hosts to a supportive community that connects supervisors, graduate researchers and Doctoral College support staff across all four of the University’s faculties. It provides access to key training opportunities and supports students to follow their vision and beyond to achieve their career ambitions.

All of our subject areas are eligible to apply for the DMU full bursary and fees only scholarships schemes.

Each application should be jointly prepared by the student and the potential supervisor and should contain:

  • Details of the student and his/her performance to date.
  • Details of the proposed research project and how it maps onto DMU areas of research excellence, in particular how the proposed project relates to the research strategy inter-disciplinary themes of urban living, lifelong well-being, creativity in the digital age and social value.
  • The proposed research project should also explain how it would endeavour to engage internationally with relevant ‘others’ in the field.
  • A completed Fee Waiver/Full Bursary application form (completed by your potential supervisor), standard PhD application form and annexe form, academic transcript, copies of degree certificates, two references and the approved Faculty decision form (completed by your proposed supervisor).

The deadline for submission of applications has now passed.

Faculty scholarships


Analysis and Simulation of User Behaviour for Effective, Smooth and Responsive Handover of Control in Driverless Cars

 To apply for a scholarship, please complete the forms below and return them to along with scanned copies of your academic transcripts and certificates and a research proposal. Your references can also be sent directly from your referees.  Please make sure to quote the scholarship name in the subject line of your email. Please note that these scholarships are available to Home and EU applicants only. Once the closing date has passed, all applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome in due course.

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership 

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City. 

This newly launched programme will provide you with combined research expertise for the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.  

This programme is sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and will provide over 400 full-bursary scholarships across the six universities for both full-time and part-time students from UK or EU between 2014 and 2020. Full details of the scheme including the areas of training available within DMU and how to apply are described here on our M3C web-pages.

Please note applications for 2018/19 have now closed.

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarships

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