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Studentship Availability and Eligibility Requirements

We expect to offer several 3-year studentships in astrophysics, instrumentation, and atmospheric physics for 2015 entry. Funding opportunities available to candidates depend primarily on nationality, as do fees.

UK/EU candidates

If you are from the UK, or from the EU and meet residency requirements (settled status, or 3 years full-time residency in the UK), you are eligible for a studentship provided by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This pays UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance (i.e., subsistence) allowance. More details on the studentships, including their value,  can be found here. In this case you do not need to apply for a studentship separately.

If you are from the EU but do not meet residency requirements, your fees are still set at the EU/UK rate, but you do not qualify for full STFC support. We may have a limited number of Departmental studentships that will pay both EU/UK fees and maintenance (and for which you do not need to apply separately - you will be automatically considered for them when you apply for a PhD in the Department); other funding schemes are listed below.

Applicants whose first language is not English should note the additional requirements in respect of this. Please note that unless you satisfy the requirements mentioned above the department can not offer you a PhD position (i.e we are not allowed to make exceptions)

Overseas candidates

If you are from outside the EU, and do not meet UK residency requirements, there is no Departmental funding available, but you may apply for other funding schemes listed below. NOTE: If you are interested in overseas studentships please contact us well ahead of the deadline (End of December 2014)!  Note that 'overseas' fees are much higher than those for UK/EU candidates (£21,530, for 2015 entry). Please also note that although overseas studentships are at college level, you *still* need to be put forward for one by the department so you NEED to contact either the Astrophysics admission tutor (Prof Viti: phd@star.ucl.ac.uk) or the member of staff you wish to do the PhD with. 

Applicants whose first language is not English should note the additional requirements in respect of this. Please note that unless you satisfy the requirements mentioned above the department can not offer you a PhD position (i.e we are not allowed to make exceptions)

We do not normally consider self-funding students. This is because we don't have sufficient resources to accept arbitrary numbers of students; because sufficiently good students should be able to win external funding; and because of the unreliability and unaccountability of self funding.

Sources of Funding for non-UK applicants

  • UCL has consolidated and centralized information on funding opportunities (along with other information about financial matters), listed here and here.

Deadlines

GSRS and DHP awards are allocated on a College-wide basisby UCL's Graduate School Selection Panel. Individual Departments do not play a formal role in the awards, but you can not submit your application directly to college: the department *has* to put you forward and therefore we will have an internal  shortlist of highly-ranked candidates, which we will submit to the Graduate School by their deadline of February 15th. For us to meet this deadline (including consideration and ranking of large numbers of candidates), we must receive overseas applicants' papers not later than end of December 2014. Applications received after this deadline have essentially no chance of being awarded funding.

ATAS requirements
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme, ATAS, is designed to ensure that people who are applying to study certain sensitive subjects in the UK do not have access to knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. These 'sensitive subjects' include Physics & Astronomy; applicants from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland are accordingly required to complete an on-line ATAS application, but only after an offer has been made. No action is required, therefore, at the application stage.

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