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Postgraduate Funding

PhD Studentships

The Department has a number of funded PhD studentships from a range of sources.

York Mathematics Excellence Programme - Doctoral Prize Studentship

Generously funded by a benefactor, the Department has a Doctoral Prize Studentship, available to home, EU and overseas students, offering full support for 3 years with an enhanced stipend of £17,000, for curiosity-driven fundamental research. As with other Departmental studentships, the holder is expected to do up to 3 hours per week of small-group support teaching and associated marking.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Doctoral Training scholarships - UK and other EU nationals

UK students with suitable academic background wishing to study for a PhD in any area of mathematics in which the department can offer research supervision would be eligible for full support (stipend and fees) normally for up to 3 years (EU applicants with qualifying residence in the UK are also eligible for full support).

Departmental PhD Studentships

There is also normally a number of Departmental PhD Studentships available offering full support for 3 years. Both home/EU and overseas candidates are welcome to apply. These students will normally be expected to do up to 3 hours per week of small-group support teaching and associated marking as part of their studentship.


If you wish to be considered for the Prize Studentship, or for EPSRC or Departmental funding, you should note that:

  • Funding is generally only available for students starting their courses in October.
  • Applications for funded places to start in October 2020 closed on 24 January 2020.
  • Applications for funded places to start in October 2021 will open on 28 September 2020.
  • Applications received after the closing date may be considered at the discretion of the appropriate research group and the departmental Graduate Research School Committee.
  • All eligible applicants will be considered for funding.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview, which may be by online video link in the case of candidates overseas, or who otherwise have difficulty travelling to York.
  • Applicants may initially receive a formal offer of an unfunded place on the PhD programme from University of York Postgraduate Admissions. This does not imply any commitment to funding.
  • All offers of funding are made individually by email to successful candidates by the Chair of Graduate Research School Committee in Mathematics. An offer of funding contains a deadline by which it must be accepted, after which it may lapse.

Departmental Funding Opportunities (Partial Support)

The WW Smith Fund

The WW Smith Fund is a small trust fund held by the Departments of Mathematics and Physics for the support of research students in mathematical and theoretical physics who are not fully maintained by other sources of funding. Applications for support will be invited in the Summer Term for awards to be made in the following academic year. Applications should be submitted to the Trustees by supervisors (or potential supervisors). Award decisions will be based on financial need and academic merit.

Paid teaching work

Finally, most research students for whom it is not already a condition of their funding are offered the opportunity to do some small-group teaching for the department, allowing them to supplement their income.

University Scholarships