AberDoc PhD Scholarship Competition

The competition for the prestigious AberDoc scholarships is now open to students who wish to study for a full-time PhD in any discipline commencing in September 2019

Participating Departments


To be eligible you must:

  1. have or expect to obtain at least upper second class honours in your first degree;
  2. apply and be offered a place for doctoral study at Aberystwyth;
  3. Non-UK students must achieve 7.0 in IELTS, or equivalent (before the end of March 2019 at the latest);
  4. be commencing your doctoral study in September 2019 (current AU PhD students may be considered - see point 3 in the Terms & Conditions document below).


The University's general deadline for the 2019 competition is the 1st March 2019.

Please note that the deadline for the Departments of International Politics, History & Welsh History, Psychology and Theatre, Film & Television Studies is 25th January 2019.

Value of AberDoc Scholarships

Successful candidates receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees (up to the UK/EU rate of £4,260*).  The scholarship also provides a maintenance allowance of approximately £14,777 per annum and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum). Scholarships commence from the main intake in September 2019. 

Non-EU students have to cover the difference between UK/EU tuition fees and the non-EU tuition fees (approx. £9,805* to £11,055*). However, there are three additional President's Scholarships, which cover this difference in tuition fees. These will be awarded to the three highest ranked non-EU candidates in the AberDoc competition. 

* Figures quoted relate to 2018-2019 acadmic year.  Please note that the value of award for 2019-2020 is subject to the confirmation of tuition fees for 2019-2020

The Application Process

There is no seperate application form for the AberDoc Scholarship.  To be considered, an application to study for a PhD must be received by the relevant closing date. Applications must be submitted electronically via the Postgraduate Application Portal. Applications must include:

  • An application form.  Note that you should state that you wish your PhD application to be considered for the AberDoc Scholarship in the finding section of the application form; 
  • Two academic references.  Note that both academic references must be received by the relevant AberDoc deadline in order for the application to be considered;
  • Details of previous study relevant to the application including academic transcripts and degree certificates;
  • a research proposal (1000 to 1500 words).

Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant academic department before constructing their research proposal. 

Departments interview all applicants before a decision is made to offer a place to study for a PhD and to nominate for an AberDoc Scholarship is made. Each Department will submit a list of their nominees to their respective Faculty for further assessment before a final nominee list for each Faculty is produced. 

Faculties will then forward their nominations to the AberDoc Selection Panel for evaluation. Results will be announced during the first week of May. 

For information about how the AberDoc Selection Panel review applications please see The Criteria - How AberDoc Scholarships Are Awarded document.

Please also read the AberDoc Scholarship Competition Terms and Conditions 2019 carefully before submitting an application.