Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence

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Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence

If you are looking to study on a Doctoral program, funding is available from Cardiff University. Through the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship, the Cardiff University is currently seeking applicants who plan to commence their Ph.D. in the 2019/20 academic year – preferably with an October 2019 start.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships for Research Excellence offer the opportunity to join the Doctoral Academy community for 3 years on a full-time basis. Winning candidates will receive scholarship includes tuition fees, an annual stipend for three years annually and currently at £14,777 for 2018/19.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • You must be liable to pay overseas tuition fees
  • You not have been awarded another scholarship covering both tuition fees and stipend.
  • You must be a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a country in the lower middle income and below on the 2017 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list or Namibia (as part of the University’s continued engagement and education partnership activities in Namibia).
  • For ease of reference, the list of eligible countries is repeated as- Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Papua New Guinea, Angola, Haiti, Philippines, Armenia, Honduras, Rwanda, Bangladesh, India, Sao Tome and Principe, Benin, Indonesia, Senegal, Bhutan, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, Kenya, Solomon Island, Burkina Faso, Kiribati, Somalia, Burundi, Kosovo, South Sudan, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Sudan, Cameroon, Lesotho, Swaziland, Central African Republic, Liberia, Syrian Arab Republic, Chad, Madagascar, Tajikistan, Comoro, Malawi, Tanzania, Congo, Mali, Timor-Leste, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Togo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Micronesia, Tokelau, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Moldova, Tunisia, Djibouti, Mongolia, Tuvalu, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, El Salvador, Mozambique, Ukraine, Eritrea, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Namibia, Vanuatu, Gambia, Nepal, Vietnam, Georgia, Nicaragua, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Ghana, Niger, Yemen, Guatemala, Nigeria, Zambia, Guinea, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To be considered for the scholarship, ensure you complete the University’s application form and:

  • Attach an academic CV (guidance on creating an effective CV)
  • Ensure their Personal Statement gives a strong statement of their research interest, preparation and understanding of the research context and significance (guidance on writing a statement of academic research interest)
  • In the research section, when asked “Are you self-funding your research?*”, select “No, I am not self-funding my research”
  • When asked “Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for”, insert “V-C’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence”.

Note: If you have already submitted an application to the University, please contact your School’s postgraduate administrator/admissions team, to let them know you wish to be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship for Research Excellence.


  • The Scholarship includes tuition fees, an annual stipend (in line with UKRI rates, updated annually and currently at £14,777 for 2018/19) for three years, and your academic School will also contribute towards research costs.
  • The first quarterly stipend payment will be made available shortly after your course commences.
  • Awards will be made to the highest quality candidates with the potential to become outstanding researchers.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is 7 January 2019.

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For more information about Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships for Research Excellence please contact at or +44 (0)29 2068 8482

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