International scholarships

The John Innes Centre offers one International Scholarship per year to overseas postgraduate research students studying for a PhD degree.

The purpose of our Scholarship is to attract the highest quality international students to undertake postgraduate research at our institute. The Scholarship will therefore be awarded to the most academically gifted students with the greatest research potential.

The award will cover the difference between the overseas and UK/EU lab-based postgraduate research tuition fees (e.g. £13,805 for the 2017/18 academic year).

Each award is tenable for a full-time three or four-year PhD degree programme, subject to the satisfactory progress of the student. Equivalent support for part-time PhD programmes can be offered subject to the terms of additional funding and visas.

Students must be able to provide evidence of additional funding to cover living costs (in the region of £14,000) and the Home/EU level of tuition fee (e.g. £4,195 for the 2017/18 academic year).


To be eligible to receive an International Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Have completed all relevant sections of their formal application in the 2018 calendar year online at the University of East Anglia (UEA) with all supporting documents for a full-time PhD research degree programme at the John Innes Centre with a primary supervisor who is a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre
  • Have completed the Research Statement on the application form and ensured the academic references are provided to allow academic excellence and research potential to be judged
  • Have been shortlisted by the prospective supervisor and interviewed in person or by video conference by that supervisor, another Project Leader and the Postgraduate Research Director from the John Innes Centre, to help inform decisions regarding admission and Scholarships
  • Be in subsequent receipt of an offer of admission to register at UEA on a PhD research degree programme (other than DTP, iCASE and Rotation Programmes)
  • Be liable to pay the Overseas UEA lab-based postgraduate research tuition fee (i.e. be assessed as Overseas for fee status purposes)
  • Not have any other scholarship or award that will also cover the cost of the Overseas tuition fee
  • Have at least a high upper-second-class undergraduate honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent from an Overseas Institution before admission
  • Have met all conditions for admission to the University before admission


By March 2019, all overseas candidates that meet the criteria above will be considered by a selection committee comprising senior academic members of the John Innes Centre. Candidates who have already registered for their postgraduate degree before the committee meet, and meet all other criteria, remain eligible for a Scholarship.

The committee will select one candidate, based on academic excellence and research potential, who will be made a Scholarship offer and notified by email by 1 May 2019.

If no candidate is judged to be of sufficient merit, no Scholarship shall be awarded.

Candidates who do not hear from us by that date can assume that they will not be offered a scholarship.

Given the volume of applications and the time required to process them, will we not provide feedback on the outcome of this competition at any stage.

Note: all scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current eligibility criteria, procedures, and deadlines etc.

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