Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Academic year 2021
Amount £15,009


Scholarship value

The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the home rate and a maintenance grant at the same rate as the UK Research Councils (£15,609 for 2021/22)


Sunday 11 April 2021, 23:59 BST


Please note this award is open to PhD research students only.

Candidates must:

  • Hold, or be expected to hold a Bachelor's degree (1 or 2.1), or Master's degree (merit or distinction) from the University of Kent.
  • Hold an offer of a place for a full-time PhD research degree at University of Kent for the following academic year 2021/22.
  • Demonstrate that they have made a contribution to the wider University community, for example, through Students' Union activities - societies, sports, volunteering - or acting as a student representative on University committees.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to: 
    • Explain their research clearly and without jargon to non-experts.
    • Convey their passion for their research to a wider audience.
    • Convince the panel of their research's wider value.
  • Provide a supporting statement of no more than two A4 pages. Any statement exceeding this limit will not be accepted.
  • Provide an academic reference in support of the project; this will be requested if you are successful through the first round of shortlisting.
  • Act as 'ambassadors' for both the University and their subjects.
  • Be available for video interview, via Zoom, date TBC.

Further details

This scholarship, for alumni of the University of Kent, was inaugurated in 1995 and has been awarded annually since. It is funded entirely through gifts from alumni and friends of the University. The scholarship is open to applicants from any subject; the successful applicant will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field, their communication skills and their contribution to the life of the University community.

There will be one scholarship awarded to an applicant starting their PhD in September 2021. The successful applicant will be registered for a full-time research degree; the scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years. The successful applicant will be expected to act as an 'ambassador' for the University and to assist with fundraising for future scholarships. This will involve attending alumni events (not more than two per year) and being featured in, or writing for, University publications such as KENT, the University of Kent magazine or the University internal Newsletter.


Application will close on 11 April 2021


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