Bristol PGR scholarships for applicants of Black heritage

University of Bristol | Faculty of Life Sciences 

Bristol PGR scholarships for applicants of Black heritage 

The Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bristol is currently offering a number of PhD research scholarships across the research areas of biochemistry, biological sciences, cellular and molecular medicine, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, and psychology, exclusively for students of Black heritage for 2024/25 entry. These are open to UK-domiciled, home fee applicants of Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black or mixed Black heritage.

The studentship duration is four years, and it includes an annual stipend set at the current UKRI recommendation of £18,622.  Tuition fees and research costs are fully supported by the studentship, as well as an allowance for paid sick leave and parental leave, in addition to 5 weeks of paid leave each year.

The scholarships aim to address the under-representation of Black people in postgraduate research and support our work to improve representation across all levels of study and academia. This includes our Black Bristol Scholarships Programme (undergraduate) and Opportunity Bristol (research-related Master’s courses).

We have a wide range of support networks, student societies and community groups for students of Black heritage. These include our Be More Empowered for Success PGR Programme which aims to influence positive change across the themes of access, belonging and empowerment. This year, we are also taking part in the Women’s Higher Education Network 100 Black Women Professors NOW Pipeline Programme (WHEN), which aims to propel the careers of Black PhD students, through coaching, development, networking and mentoring. WHEN also work with senior leadership to deliver systemic change. We are looking to continue to enhance this support as we continue to strive to make our student communities more inclusive.

These projects are only available for UK students of Black or mixed Black Heritage.

If you have any questions on the scheme, you are welcome to contact Dr Stephanie King (Postgraduate Faculty Education Director for Life Sciences) with any questions –

For project-related enquiries, please contact the project supervisor. You can find a list of PhD projects available here, click on the project link to find out more about individual projects and how to apply.


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