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Fully-Funded strategic PhD scholarships

Fully-funded and open to students around the world, these PhD projects explore some of the most-pressing issues facing the planet

What are Strategic PhD Scholarships?

Our new Strategic PhD Scholarships are fully-funded projects that explore the University's strategic priorities. Each seeks to address an important and urgent issue facing society and the planet. 

Cross-faculty and inter-disciplinary by design, these strategic projects also represent an opportunity to build strong research relationships across the University, and with our external research partners.

These directly-funded projects are open for applications now for entry in October 2020, and the scholarships cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate) for 3 years. Scholarship recipients will also receive up to £3,000 for research project costs/consumables during the duration of the programme, and will be expected to take part in cohort-related activities including joint training, social and related events.

Programmes of research

The fully-funded Strategic PhD projects are split into distinct programmes of research.


  • Transforming Portsmouth

    A sustainable city initiative led by Professor Steve Fletcher, with projects based across our Science, Business and Law, Creative and Cultural Industries and Humanities and Social Sciences faculties.

  • Developing medical technologies

    Led by Professor Gordon Blunn, with projects based across our Technology and Science faculties.

  • Growth of health and wellbeing

    Led by Professor Darek Gorecki, with projects based in our Science faculty.

Wellbeing research, University of Portsmouth

Growth of health and wellbeing

Transforming Portsmouth research, University of Portsmouth

Transforming Portsmouth

Medical tech research, University of Portsmouth

Developing medical technologies

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