York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students

Full funding for international students applying to study a PhD degree for 2020/21 entry.

  • Funding: £15,000 per year (approx), plus fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2020/21
  • Open to: International (non-EU) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
  • Number available: 3-4
Applications for 2020/21 are closed.

These prestigious PhD scholarships, awarded by the York Graduate Research School, offer full funding (covering 100% of tuition fees, a stipend commensurate with the UKRI rate, plus a research training support grant) for the duration of your enrolment period.

Successful applicants from LMIC countries will have their initial visa cost covered by the award.


Open to International (non-EU) students only.

You must:

  • have applied for a place of study on a PhD programme at York by 31 January 2020
  • be liable to pay tuition fees at the international rate
  • start your research studies in the 2020/21 academic year (between 1 October 2020 and 1 September 2021)

You must not hold a 100 per cent tuition fee scholarship from elsewhere or be fully sponsored.

Distance learning students are eligible to apply, however if successful, would be awarded a full fee waiver only.

Applicants for the following pathways are not eligible to apply for the YGRS Overseas Research Scholarships:

  • Hull York Medical School
  • International Pathway College
  • Kaplan International College London
  • Students applying for MPhil or MA by Research programmes
How to apply

Application deadline: Friday 31 January 2020, 11.59pm GMT

There isn't a separate application form for these scholarships. Depending on your application status, you can be considered for these awards in two ways:

  • When you apply for your PhD
    Select the 'UoY Overseas Research Scholarship' option from the drop-down menu when asked how you intend to finance your studies.
  • If you've already applied
    Email the Postgraduate Administrator in your department and ask them to add the ‘UoY Overseas Research Scholarship’ tag to your PhD programme application before the scholarship deadline.
How we allocate

Each department selects one preferred and one reserve nominee. If you are selected, your department will pass your details to the University selection panel, with a supporting statement outlining:

  • your academic excellence
  • how your project fits with the department’s research or international strategy
  • how your project fits with the University’s research or international strategy

The selection panel will rank the nominees based on your departments' supporting statements and the strength of your PhD application.

Accepting your scholarship

We aim to notify successful applicants in late March 2020. You will receive a formal letter offering the scholarship, which you must accept within two weeks.

Terms and conditions

You must accept your scholarship within two weeks of being offered it. Otherwise, you will lose your scholarship and it will be offered to another candidate.

If you defer your start at the University of York until the 2021/22 academic year, you will lose your scholarship. You are free to reapply the following year.

If you defer your start within the same academic year (for example starting 1 January 2021 instead of 1 October 2020) you can keep your scholarship.

Contact details

York Graduate Research School
+44 (0)1904 324163
If you've already applied for a PhD, please contact your department's postgraduate administrator for more information:

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    York Graduate Research School
    +44 (0)1904 324163