Skip to main content

Research degree studentships and funding

Research degree studentships and funding

Royal Holloway is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of researchers.

We recognise funding is often an obstacle for talented students, so we offer a variety of funding packages which include studentships funded by the College, the Research Councils and external partners.

For information about studentships in your discipline please contact the Director of Postgraduate Research Education or the Recruitment Lead in the relevant Department.

College studentships are available to students with high academic potential. Read more here

Information on PhD Studentships available in the School of Humanities can be downloaded here.


We cooperate with a growing number of international organisations to offer joint studentships to talented international MPhil/PhD students. Read more here

Arts & Humanities Research Council funding (AHRC): As part of the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership students will benefit from a diverse range of workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector. Read more here

Research Training Support Grant (AHRC): AHRC Research Training Support Grant to support study visits or conference attendance. Read more here

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC): Royal Holloway offers ESRC postgraduate studentships and postdoctoral fellowships through SeNSS (South-east Network for Social Sciences), a Doctoral Training Partnership of ten universities. Read more here

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Doctoral studentships within Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Geography. Read more here

Studentships from other Research Councils are available. Please contact your Director of Postgraduate Research Education for further information.

From time to time, other studentships are offered at Royal Holloway.

New Geography BME Studentship to pursue Postgraduate Research at Royal Holloway, University of London

This year the Department of Geography is introducing a PhD studentship to support a BME candidate for September 2022 entry. Please click here to find out more information and how to apply.


Betaseed-funded MSc by Research Studentship: Impact of seed treatment with biostimulants on the resilience of sugar beet early development to drought stress

This is a one-year Masters by research programme beginning in autumn every year. Funded MSc position available in the lab of Professor Gerhard Leubner.

Full details can be found in the studentship advert here. Please note: this scholarship is open to UK / EU students only.


PhD Position in Theoretical Physics

Project: Simulating the quantum dynamics of a system of interacting particles using GPUs

In this project, the student will investigate the dynamics of strongly interacting quantum systems in order to explain the recent experimental results. They will learn how to use recently developed mathematical tools useful for analytical calculations and will do High Performance Computing using Graphical Processor Units to simulate numerically the quantum dynamics of many body systems.

Further information about this project and how to apply can be found in this advert


Industry-linked 4 year PhD studentship in Molecular Cell Biology (fully funded)

Project title: Harnessing the power of cannabinoids as medicinal treatments

Further information about this project and how to apply can be found in the advert


Open Competition, 4 year PhD studentship funded by Royal Holloway and Shell Research Ltd

Further information about this studentship can found here


Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and Royal Holloway Scholarship

Project title: : An analysis of the impact of climate change on traditional fire knowledge

Further information about this project and how to apply can be found in the advert



Explore Royal Holloway

Get help paying for your studies at Royal Holloway through a range of scholarships and bursaries.

There are lots of exciting ways to get involved at Royal Holloway. Discover new interests and enjoy existing ones

Heading to university is exciting. Finding the right place to live will get you off to a good start

Whether you need support with your health or practical advice on budgeting or finding part-time work, we can help

Discover more about our 21 departments and schools

Find out why Royal Holloway is in the top 25% of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Royal Holloway is a research intensive university and our academics collaborate across disciplines to achieve excellence.

Discover world-class research at Royal Holloway

Discover more about who we are today, and our vision for the future

Royal Holloway began as two pioneering colleges for the education of women in the 19th century, and their spirit lives on today

We’ve played a role in thousands of careers, some of them particularly remarkable

Find about our decision-making processes and the people who lead and manage Royal Holloway today