Applications invited for PhD scholarships

LJMU is inviting applications for fully-funded PhD scholarships and our Thematic Doctoral Pathways programme.

VC Studentships 

Our ninth annual VC PhD Studentship programme is open to exceptional students across our five faculties.

As we continue to develop our research and knowledge exchange culture, recruitment of high-quality PhD students is an important part of the LJMU Strategy. 

The Vice-Chancellor and the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee have endorsed the 2023/24 version of the programme and we invite applications from exceptional students with high quality project plans to apply.

All applications

In this 2023/24 VC PhD studentship round we will accept applications from both UK and non-UK citizens (home and international fee status) who meet the relevant academic requirements to study at PhD level and applications for full-time (fees plus stipend) as well as part-time (fees-only) studentships.

UK students from under-represented communities

In addition to and in line with our commitment to widening participation, LJMU also supports postgraduate research degree for students from Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic communities who are under-represented within LJMU academic and research careers.

The scheme will offer full financial support and a skill development programme, designed to promote both academic and alternative-academic (alt-ac) careers.

All applications must be submitted by the proposed lead supervisor on behalf of a named PhD candidate by 5pm on Monday 31 July 2023.

Thematic Doctoral Pathways 

LJMU’s second Thematic Doctoral Pathways (TDP) programme is now open for applications.

We are seeking to support up to three high quality TDPs that take a student-centred approach, focusing on research excellence, positive research culture and wider training opportunities.

The awards will be made after application and presentation/interview with the specific intent of providing the impetus for an externally-funded Doctoral Training Programme application soon.

The awards will consist of two full-funded, full-time PhD scholarships to each TDP for two consecutive years (six PhD scholarships in total).

The second-year award will be ratified after successful completion of review documentation in relation to the first year’s award. The first cohort of students will start in February 2024, the second in February 2025.


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