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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 Education or the Recruitment Lead in the relevant Department.

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

Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES): Studentships to equip postgraduate research students to become leaders in the science and sustainable business of the natural environment. Read more here.

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

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

Prestigious ERC-funded PhD studentships on new parties and media

Applications are invited for two fully-funded PhD studentships. You will join a research team led by Professor Joost van Spanje in the Department of Politics, IR and Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London. The team will consist of seven colleagues. You will be supervised by Professor Joost van Spanje and by a postdoctoral researcher, who will also start around 1 September 2021.

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. He 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.


Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and RHUL Scholarship

Applications are invited for a four year fully funded PhD in Tropical Palaeoecology within the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society.

Project title: Long-term interactions between vegetation, fire and human impact in Guyana

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

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