Global Challenges PhD Scholarships

We are offering up to 20 fully funded PhD scholarships, addressing the key global issues of the modern world through 12 interdisciplinary themes. 

Our postgraduate researchers work on pioneering topics that provoke global change through multi-faceted research. Our research matters and our postgraduate researchers are crucial to our achievements. 

We are therefore investing in up to 20 fully funded Global Challenges PhD scholarships for UK/EU applicants, inviting the very best applicants to join us in our research to explore, analyse and provide innovative solutions to challenges in the modern world. 

From combating the threat of drug resistance, to pioneering the creation of new technologies for water security; we make important discoveries and produce compelling insight into new approaches to today’s global challenges.

Explore the Global Challenges themes below.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. Projects for 2019 entry will be announced in January 2019.

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Mental health


Unintended consequences of aid


Engineering and Technology


Vaccines and infectious disease




Shocks and security


Maternal and Child health


Migration and displacement


Effective institutions


Sustainable agriculture



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