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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

Our Faculty-funded PhD projects are now CLOSED for 2020 entry. The details below are for information only.

You can view all our PhD opportunities, or explore our current fully-funded PhD projects.

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 studentships 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.

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