Graduate Research Scholarships

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL.

UCL’s Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country.

Key information

Value: UK rate fees and maintenance stipend
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Academic merit
Eligible fee status: UK, Overseas
Eligible programmes: Full- or part-time research degrees
Additional eligibility criteria: At least 2:1 at undergraduate (or equivalent)
Deadline: 14 January 2022


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.

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.

Value, benefits, and duration

The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK rate (2021/22: ¬£5,525) plus a maintenance stipend (2021/22: ¬£17,609)¬†for full-time study (benefits are calculated ‘pro rata’ for part-time students).

In the instance in which a student with ‘Overseas’ fee status is awarded the scholarship, they will also be awarded an¬†Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)¬†to cover the difference between the UK fee rate – covered by the GRS – and their full fee.

The scholarship also includes additional research costs of up to £1,200 per year for the stated duration of the programme.

Awards are normally tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time MPhil/PhD/EngD degree programme (or years 1-5 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 the final year of study.

If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic year.


There is a combined selection by UCL academics for the research schemes. This selection panel will make the final decision on successful candidates based on academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

How to apply

In order to apply for GRS, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1 – apply for admission to UCL

The following instructions apply to prospective students ‚Äď current students already enrolled on their research degrees can proceed directly to Step 2.¬†

You 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

The following instructions apply to both prospective and current students.

You must contact your academic department/institute/division/unit to notify them that you would like to be considered for a GRS and must submit the below documents to them. Please use the below PDF list of administrative contacts to find where to submit your application materials. If the relevant contact for your department is not listed, please check directly with the administrative staff in your departmental office for guidance on where to submit your application materials.


The mandatory documents are as follows:

  • CV¬†‚Äď 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).¬† When writing your research proposal/outline please note that the selection panel members are not likely to be specialists in your subject. Please describe clearly ‚Äď in language which can be understood by academics from any discipline ‚Äď the aim of your research, the methodology you will use and the potential significance of this study to your discipline. It is extremely important that you pay attention to this summary and write in as clear language as possible as it may significantly affect the outcome of your application. The proposal should be written by you, not your supervisor or any other member of academic department staff.
  • Academic transcripts¬†– Please ensure that each academic transcript submitted includes clarification on the grading scale/range of grades possible for that degree.
  • 2 References¬†‚ÄstReference number 1 should relate to your most recently completed university programme/degree¬†(or the one you intend to complete, if applicable) and can be the same referee who submitted a reference as part of your admission application. Please use this

    . Reference number 2 should relate to your current or intended research programme/project, for which you are seeking funding. This reference MUST be provided by your research supervisor at UCL. If you are a prospective student and your supervisor has not yet been allocated, please contact your department to confirm who your UCL supervisor will be. Please use this


Please find below our PDF of guidance for referees. We suggest you provide your referee with a copy of this document when asking for an academic reference. References can be submitted along with your application or supplied directly to the department by your referee.



All applicants for the GRS who have an overseas fee status will automatically be considered for a UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) and, if applicable, the UCL-CSC (China Scholarships Council) Scholarships.

You must apply for admission and submit the additional information to your department no later than Friday, 14 January 2022. Please be aware that some academic departments set their own deadlines which may be earlier than this date, so make sure you check with them directly.

Information for departments: Task Library: Nominate a research scholarship applicant

Important note

You must ensure that you submit all scholarship application materials by the deadline irrespective of whether an offer of admission has reached you or not. The UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems at a later date to confirm whether you hold an offer of admission and on what date that offer was made.


The selection panel meets in early March and successful candidates can expect to be notified during the week commencing 7 March 2022.  If you do not hear from us by the end of that week, you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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