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, view the current projects and find out how to apply below.

Applications have now closed for the 2017 academic year, but you can still explore our themes below and check back for our next round of scholarships.

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Mental health




Engineering and Technology


Vaccines and infectious disease




Shocks and security


Maternal and Child health


Migration and displacement


Effective institutions


Sustainable agriculture


Unintended consequences of aid


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