Wild Fund Scholarships

Through the generous benefaction of York alumnus, Dr Anthony Wild, the Department of Chemistry is pleased to offer scholarships to postgraduate research students to start a PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research degree between October 2019 and September 2020. This fund has supported over 70 students since it was established in 2006.  There are a variety of different scholarships available aimed at supporting students from other European Union countries and overseas. 

Applications are now open for 2020 entry.

Application Criteria:

  • Applications for Wild Platinum and Gold Scholarships and the Wild Prize are invited from applicants who are domiciled or a national of any country outside of the UK (including other EU countries).  
  • You should have already applied to study for PhD, MPhil or MSc by research in Chemistry at the University of York. 
  • Scholarships will be awarded on supervisor support, academic merit, country of origin, expressed financial need and departmental strategy. 

Value of Scholarships:


Wild Platinum Scholarship

Full tuition fees for duration of study* Full tuition fees + £6,000 per year towards living costs for duration of study*

Wild Gold Scholarship

50% reduction in tuition fees for duration of study* Full tuition fees for duration of study*
Wild Prize £2,000 for those from the EU or overseas who plan to fund their own studies - to be paid in Year 1

* Continued payment of scholarships is subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply:

Applications for 2020 entry are now being accepted

  • If you have not already done so, you should submit an online application for the programme you wish to study
  • Contact the member of staff you wish to be your supervisor
  • You can apply for any of the scholarships for which you are eligible.  However, the panel may choose to offer you a scholarship of a lower value.
  • Submit your Wild Fund Application Form to chemgrad@york.ac.uk by 12:00 UK time on Thursday 30 April 2020

Application form for Wild Fund Scholarship (MS Word , 70kb)

What happens next:

  • Your chosen supervisor may contact you to discuss your Wild Fund Scholarship Application
  • The deadline for supervisors to nominate candidates for Wild Fund Scholarships is Thursday 14 May 2020
  • The Chemistry Graduate Awards Panel will assess all nominations and award scholarships based on academic merit of the candidate, country of origin, expressed financial need and departmental strategy.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your scholarship application by email
  • You will need to hold a valid offer and take up your place on your programme between October 2020 and September 2021

Scholar Profiles

Hao Xia, PhD student

Photo of Hao Xia

The generosity of the Wild Fund Scholarship in supporting my PhD study has significantly alleviated my financial burden so that I can focus more on my studies. Moreover, this Scholarship offers not only a financial support, but it is also a huge inspiration to me. If in the future I have the ability and opportunity to help other students, I think I will do so without hesitation, as I know exactly what it means to them.

I chose the University of York to continue my studies not only because York is a very beautiful city and a nice place to live, but also because the University has a very high quality of education, with its Department of Chemistry featuring in the top 5 in the UK. I am very happy and know that I made the right decision.

Olga Semenova, PhD student

I would like to sincerely thank the Wild Fund for helping to fund my PhD. The longer I do it, the better I understand that I am becoming a more competent professional.

Doing this research project has already helped me greatly to boost my confidence in conducting experiments, giving scientific presentations and communicating with collaborators. I would not imagine that doing a similar research project in my home country would have given me as many skills or as much confidence. I am happy that I have met people from my research group and been able to learn from them.

The opportunities and freedom that the University of York provides, go hand in hand with the requirements and support, making it an altogether very strong education programme.