Research degrees and doctoral training partnerships at Kent – Funding available

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Research degrees and doctoral training partnerships at Kent – Funding available

Here at the University of Kent we understand your passion to progress. Whether gaining advanced skills or joining a global academic research community drives you, our networks and facilities will help you achieve your ambition. We inspire each other to do outstanding things at Kent and that, in turn, empowers our PhD graduates to do outstanding things in the world. It’s something we’re very proud of.

Postgraduate PhD degrees

Kent, a top UK and global University, known for its teaching excellence and for the interdisciplinary nature of its programmes and research. We understand that postgraduate students need flexibility, so many of our research degrees offer January, May or September starts.

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Our Research changes lives

Kent’s reputation for world-leading research was confirmed by our outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Join a community that pushes boundaries, that is ambitious, innovative and intent on making a positive difference to people’s lives.

As part of our brilliant research community your work can have ground-breaking impact.

The impact of Kent’s research spans the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with eight subjects ranked in the top ten for research quality. The approach to research at Kent has always been interdisciplinary and collaborative and our doctoral training partnerships reflect this.

Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund

The University of Kent is proud to support its postgraduate research community with training and development opportunities. Deadlines vary but most applications for research funding must be made by dates from December 2023 – March 2024.

Please see below the fully funded PhD studentships Kent has to offer. Click on the links for each research project funding to find out more:

  • CHASE, Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England : Fully-funded Studentships available in the Arts, humanities and creative practices. Online sessions and research proposal workshops at the University of Kent. Find out more

Apply for a PhD place at Kent by 3 December 2023

  • Aries, Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences : Studentships available in the environmental sciences including ecology, marine, atmospheric and climate science, geosciences and microbiology. Find out more

Apply for a PhD place at Kent by 10 January 2024

  • SoCoBio, South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership : Studentships available in biosciences linked to living systems, sustainable agriculture and food, renewable resources, clean growth and health. Find out more

Apply for a PhD place at Kent by 8 January 2024

  • SEDarc, South East Doctoral Training for the Social Sciences : Fully-funded Studentships in the social sciences, including economics, Politics and international relations, business and management, sociology, psychology and socio-legal studies. Find out  more

The 2024/25 competition will be announced soon

  • EPSRC, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council : The main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. Find out more

The 2023/24 competition will be announced soon

As a research student you’ll also take part in our Researcher Development Programme where you acquire specialist and transferable skills making you employable in a wide range of careers.

Join an inspiring global academic research community, be inspired as well as challenged to push the boundaries of current thinking and research.

Full details of all Kent’s multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarships can be found here.

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UK, EU and International students

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