Imperial College London – PhD scholarships in chemical engineering

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The Department of Chemical Engineering has up to 10 fully-funded scholarships available for outstanding PhD applicants each year.

The PhD in Chemical Engineering is a 3.5-year research degree which may be undertaken in one of the Department’s research themes, academic research groups and/or research centres and institutes.

Research themes

The research activities of the Department fall into at least one of the following nine research themes. You may also be interested in our academic group pages and research interests, or a list of our interdisciplinary collaborative research centres.

Biomedical engineering and industrial biotechnology – Engineering biological and biomedical systems to improve the human condition and the world around us
Energy and environmental engineering – Delivering materials, methods, processes and technologies in support of a sustainable future
Materials – Making materials matter: understanding the behaviour of materials for optimising technological processes and product applications
Themes part twoMultiphase transport processes – Creating the next-generation of multi-scale modelling tools and measurement techniques for complex multiphase flows
Multi-scale computational chemical engineering – Computational and systems approaches for the design, analysis and optimisation of chemical, physical and biological processes across time and length scales
Multiscale thermodynamics and molecular systems – Quantitative prediction of the thermophysical properties and phase behaviour of matter to supply insight into its behaviour
Themes part threeReaction engineering and applied catalysis – Developing novel, clean and efficient chemical processes while minimising negative impacts on the world and its resources
Separations – Developing energy efficient separations across a range of industrial applications
Soft matter engineering – Designing, synthesising, assembling, characterising and modelling soft materials for applications ranging from healthcare to energy

How to apply

In order to be considered for the Chemical PhD Scholarships, you will need to submit an application for admission through the online admissions system. The Progamme is Chemical Engineering Research – Full Time.

Your application form must include:

Full transcripts of your university studies to date
A personal statement to support your application, which should outline your research interest and experience
A copy of your English Language certificate
The contact details of 2 referees, at least one of whom must be an academic referee (for example your project supervisor or personal tutor). You will be asked to give the e-mail addresses of the referees, which will trigger reference requests directly to the referees. Please do not upload reference letters, as the references must come directly from the referees. References are confidential between the referee and the College. Please note that the e-mail addresses must be personal institutional addresses (university or company e-mail addresses) rather than webmail addresses, as these are not acceptable.
The scholarships are very competitive and you should demonstrate an outstanding academic record and research skills. Applications will be considered by an academic selection panel, which meets twice a year.

The application timeline is as follows:

Round 1:

Application deadline: 31 October for entry in October of the following year
The shortlisting panel will meet in late November and interviews will be held in late November or early December
Successful candidates will be sent a list of available projects and supervisors within a week of the last interview and we will endeavour to allocate projects by the end of December

Round 2:

Application deadline: 30 April for entry in October of the same year
The shortlisting panel will meet in late May and interviews will be held in late May or early June
Successful candidates will be sent a list of available projects and supervisors within a week of the last interview and we will endeavour to allocate projects by the end of June
The majority of scholarships is likely to be allocated in Round 1. We therefore recommend that you submit your PhD application in time for the Round 1 deadline.

An academic selection panel will screen the applications that demonstrate the necessary achievement and potential and will shortlist the most outstanding candidates for interview. If you are shortlisted and successful in your interview, you will be sent a list of available projects and supervisors and asked to select 2 projects offered by different supervisors in the order of your choice.

Once we have received the project selections from all the successful candidates, we will contact your first-choice and ask them if they are happy to take you on under the departmental scholarship scheme. If there is more than one successful applicant who wants to work with the same supervisor, the supervisor will be asked to choose the student who is most suited to the project. If you are not selected by your first-choice supervisor, we will contact your second-choice supervisor. If you are not selected by either of the supervisors, we will try our best to match you up with another eligible supervisor.

We will consider all successful applicants for any scholarships offered at College level and put forward the most outstanding candidates who fit the eligibility criteria for a particular scholarship.

What can I expect in the interview?

The scholarship interviews last for 20 minutes and will be held by a panel of academic staff, normally chaired by the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor.

If you are based in or near London, the interview will be held in person; otherwise it will be by Skype video call. You should be prepared to answer technical questions related to your research interest, questions about your motivation, and generally demonstrate that you are an outstanding student.

Description of Ideal Candidate:
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First Class Honours degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, another branch of engineering or a related science.

If you have any questions about the application process or any specific queries that are related to a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering our your PhD application, please e-mail Susi Underwood (, the Postgraduate Office Manager.

Please remember to quote your College ID (CID) in all correspondence with the College.

Cost/funding for participants:
Fully Funded
The standard period of the scholarship is 42 months. The scholarships are open to all applicants regardless of their fee status, and cover both tuition fees and an annual tax-free contribution to maintenance costs of £16,553.

Deadline: October 31, 2020

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