York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students 2019/20

The scholarships are open to international students applying to study a PhD degree for 2019/20 entry.

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 a student’s enrolment period.

Applications are now closed.

YGRS Overseas Research Scholarships

  • Highly selective
  • Three or four awards available for 2019/20
  • 100% fee waiver
  • Approximately £15,000 stipend for each year of successful study (valid for three years or the duration of the student’s enrolment period)
  • A research training support grant (RTSG)

Eligible students must:

  • have applied for a place of study on a PhD programme at York by 31 January 2019
  • be liable to pay tuition fees at the international rate
  • start their research studies in the 2019/20 academic year (between 1 October 2019 and 1 September 2020)

Applicants cannot hold a 100% 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

Applications are now closed.

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:

At the point of application

  • 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 for your place of study

  • Email the Postgraduate Administrator in the department you've applied to and ask them to add the ‘UoY Overseas Research Scholarship’ tag to your formal PhD programme application before the deadline.
Assessment criteria

Each Department will assess candidates who hold the 'UoY Overseas Research Scholarship' tag on their application and meet the eligibility criteria. Out of the eligible candidates, they will select one preferred and one reserve nominee.

For each nominee, departments write a supporting statement to submit to a Selection Panel. This statement is based on the following criteria:

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

The selection panel will first grade, then rank applications from departments’ preferred nominees, based on the above. They will also have access to applicants’ full PhD applications.

Key dates
  • 24 September 2018
    University of York application cycle opens.
  • 31 January 2019
    Deadline for indicating you wish to be considered for these awards by either:
    • selecting the ‘UoY Overseas Research Scholarship’ option on your York application; or
    • emailing the Postgraduate Administrator of the department you've applied for to ask them to add this tag to your application.
  • 28 February 2019
    Departments submit their nominations and supporting statements.
  • Early March 2019
    Selection panel members grade supporting statements individually on the following criteria:
    • 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
  • Mid-March 2019
    Selection panel members meet to rank nominees following the individual grading.
  • Late March 2019
    Research Student Administration notifies departments and sends out formal offer letters to successful candidates. If successful, you have two weeks to accept the scholarship.
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 the next candidate in the ranked list.
  • If you defer your place at the University of York (to start in a new academic year) you cannot keep your scholarship but you can reapply the following year.
  • If you defer your start within the same academic year (e.g. instead of starting 1 October 2019 you start 1 January 2020) you can keep your scholarship.