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Doctoral College

Presidential Scholarships

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The University of Southampton is dedicated to supporting students complete research that will change the world for the better. The prestigious Presidential Scholarship scheme provides outstanding students from around the world with the funding they require to complete their studies.

About the Presidential Scholarship Scheme

The President’s PhD Scholarships offers outstanding research students from around the world the opportunity to undertake doctoral study in their chosen field under the guidance of a distinguished research supervisor at Southampton. Successful presidential scholars will receive the following academic scholarship for up to 3.5 years (pro rata for part time students):

In addition to financial support and supervision, award holders will also:


For use by faculties only. Click here to access the form that faculties need to fill in.

Applications for Presidential Scholarships may be accepted from candidates demonstrating exceptional academic performance who have been accepted to commence for doctoral study by research at the University of Southampton in academic year 2022/23.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and nationalities and in all subject areas. 

Candidates must be in possession of, or due to receive, either:

  • A first class or equivalent in their undergraduate or integrated masters degree, including a first class mark in any project work;
  • and/or a distinction overall, with a distinction in the project or equivalent in a standalone masters.
  • Equivalency may be established by reference to standard comparators such as NARIC. 
  • The recipients of the scholarships must commence their doctoral studies by research between 1 August and 1 December 2022.

How to apply
No formal application for the scholarships is required from the candidate. Faculties will make applications for Scholarships on behalf of suitably qualified candidates, to the Doctoral College for consideration. The recipients of the scholarships must commence their doctoral studies by research between 1 August and 1 December 2022.

Deadlines for the scheme:

Faculties to complete funding selection spreadsheet  25/2/2022
Doctoral College funding decision 04/3/2022
Successful candidates to be notified by 18/3/2022

In each round, a two-stage process will be followed:

  • UoS Academic Schools may recommend suitable candidates meeting the eligibility criteria for ranking and selection by a panel mandated by the Faculty Graduate School Committee using the criteria above, mindful of the key objectives of the scheme.
  • The selected candidates' information should be entered onto the selection spreadsheet by the deadline of 25/02/2022. Faculties have been allocated a quota of scholarships based on 100% funding. More scholarships may be provided should there be leveraging of external funding.
  • To promote interdiciplinary research, Faculties may second the nomination of candidates in another Faculty.
  • Additional studentships may be available if external leverage of funds can be used to part fund a scholarship.
  • These funds might include, e.g., existing UKRI funds, but in such cases the Presidential Scholarships contribution will be limited to the top-up fees between UK and OS funding.
  • The number of any additional scholarships will be determined by the Doctoral College, based on the information provided by Faculties in advance of the final decision meeting.
  • The final decision will be made by a Doctoral College Selection Panel, consisting of the Director of the Doctoral College and Faculty Directors of Graduate Schools, supported by the Doctoral College Manager.
  • Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship on a letter provided to the relevant Faculty Graduate School Office.  
  • Any award will be conditional on achieving any predicted qualifications and satisfying all the required terms of the award.
  • Candidates who are unsuccessful in the award of a full Presidential Scholarship may be eligible for consideration for a partial or an alternative award of funding.
  • Candidates in receipt of a Presidential Scholarship will be known as “Presidential Scholars”.
  • Successful candidates who wish to accept the offer of a Presidential Scholarship must agree to abide by all the eligibility, terms and conditions of the award outlined here and any changes to them, throughout the time of the award, or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The offer of a Presidential Scholarship must be accepted within 10 working days from the date of the offer letter, or it will be withdrawn. Offer letters and responses may be sent by email.
  • Candidates in receipt of an offer of a Presidential Scholarship must register for, and start their doctoral studies, between 1st August 2022 and 1st December 2022.
  • The Scholarship will be paid for a maximum of up to 3.5 years funding (pro rata for part time students), or the date of first submission of the thesis, whichever is the sooner.

Presidential Scholarships may be removed at any time if:

  • Progress of the recipient is deemed not to be satisfactory, as determined by the University Progression Monitoring as defined in the University Calendar, Section V;
  • The recipient who requires a UK Visa for study fails to satisfy any requirement of it and at any time throughout their doctoral candidature;
  • The Faculty Director of the Graduate School in the host Faculty or Doctoral College Director determines that there has been a material breach of the conditions of the award.

Further conditions:

  • A condition of receipt of the award is that Presidential Scholars must agree to contribute to physical and online events promoting the scheme, their research work and activities.
  • The conditions of a Presidential Scholarship may be varied during the time of the award and notification of any changes will be communicated to the recipient.
  • Faculties will be responsible for administering the successful candidates and reporting on their progression annually to the Doctoral College.  
  • The Doctoral College will supply the Faculty Graduate School Office with the relevant offer letters to use, and the budgetary code to charge payments to.
  • The decision of the awarding panels is final.
  • Recipients of the award are expected to spend the majority of time of study at the University of Southampton in the UK.
  • The scheme is only open to new applicants for research doctorates. Existing students registered for doctorates at the University of Southampton are ineligible for the Scholarships.
  • An individual supervisor may only supervise (as main or co-supervisor) one such Presidential Scholar at a time.
  • Candidates undertaking part time doctoral studies by research are also eligible for consideration, but any scholarship will be paid at a pro rata level.
  • A review of the scholarship funding levels will take place each year and continued payment will be contingent on satisfactory progress, as measured by the University of Southampton annual monitoring process.
  • Candidates undertaking taught doctorates are not eligible for consideration for the Presidential Scholarship.
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