Overseas Research Scholarships

  • PHD
  • 14 January 2023

The UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS) aim to attract high-quality international students to UCL to undertake research.


In order to APPLY, you must: • have submitted an application to, or currently be registered on, a full- or part-time research degree programme at UCL by the scholarship deadline; • holding or expected to achieve at least an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification; • be liable to pay tuition fees at the overseas rate (Overseas fee status). In order to be AWARDED IF SELECTED, you must: • be in receipt of an offer of admission to, or currently be registered on, a full- or part-time research degree programme at UCL. You may apply if you are a current student, but if you are entering your third year of research you will normally only be considered for funding in exceptional circumstances. PLEASE NOTE: If you are an Online, Non-resident PhDs and Professional Doctorate student, you are not currently eligible for this scholarship programme. Additional eligibility criteria: At least 2:1 at undergraduate (or equivalent)

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• The scholarships consist of fee funding to cover the difference between Overseas and UK tuition fees. • UCL-ORS recipients who do not have any other fee funding will receive additional UCL funding to cover the UK tuition fees for the duration of the ORS award. • The award does not cover the Additional Fee Element (AFE) of your programme (if applicable) unless you are also awarded a UCL GRS award. • Awards are tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time MPhil/PhD/EngD degree programme (or years 1 to 5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal. • Where students are undertaking integrated four-year doctoral programmes the award will be extended to their final year of study. • If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic year. • Applicants are advised to secure additional funding to cover living costs. ORS awards may be held in conjunction with UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and other non-fee awards. It can also be held in conjunction with a fee award if it covers the Home fee rate only.


Step 1 - apply for admission to UCL ou must submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme by the specified deadline. You do not need to have secured an offer of a place at UCL in order to apply for the scholarship, but you must have submitted your admission application. Step 2 - submit your scholarship application documents to your department • Research Scholarship cover sheet • CV – Please make sure your CV is up to date and lists all publications, past/current prizes, awards, and scholarships. • A lay summary of your research proposal, on a Word or PDF document (max. 200 words). • Academic transcripts - Please ensure that each academic transcript submitted includes clarification on the grading scale/range of grades possible for that degree. • 2 References – Reference number 1 should relate to your most recently completed university programme/degree

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