Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships for postgraduate research in the School of Education and Professional Development

Available only for graduates of the University of Huddersfield

These scholarships within the School of Education and Professional Development are aimed at the very best Huddersfield graduates and are available from September 2020. They provide a 100% fee waiver for either full-time or part-time Master’s by Research and PhD programmes, meaning that the recipient will not be charged tuition fees for their research degree. The best four applications will also receive a £3,000 per year bursary for full-time study or £1,500 per year for part-time study, as well as the fee waiver. These bursaries are only available to exceptional candidates. All VC scholarships are subject to competitive application as a limited number are available. Application is open to home, EU and international candidates who meet the following criteria.

Eligibility criteria

  • A first-class honours degree
  • A distinction at taught Master’s


  • Have been recommended on the basis of your Master’s by Research by your supervisor and can demonstrate strongly positive comments from the Master’s examiners (you must agree for us to review your examination outcome documents).


  • Have graduated from the University of Huddersfield in the last three years. If you are due to graduate in the current academic year, then any offer will be conditional on your degree outcome.


The scholarships are available from September 2020. Both fee-waivers and fee-waivers with bursaries are available for the standard registration period only. For doctoral awards, this will be either 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time and for Master’s by Research awards this will be either 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. The fee waivers and bursaries will not apply to any research undertaken outside of this standard registration period, including any write-up period.

Successful applicants need to submit a high-quality research proposal that aligns with the key research themes of the research within the School of Education and Professional Development. The research proposal should be supported by the potential supervisor with the capacity to supervise.

Those applying should be prepared to contribute up to 270 hours of unpaid work per year (approx. 6 hrs per week, 3 hrs per week part-time) to the School which may include teaching assistance, related preparation, and marking and research assistance. Before application, they should familiarise themselves with the expectations of postgraduate researchers in receipt of a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. Please note that applications for a full-time fee waiver will not be considered from those intending to be in full-time paid employment.

Covid-19 accommodations: If travel is still restricted in September 2020 due to Covid-19, the University will be able to support PhD candidates remotely, though would expect candidates to be present on campus at least monthly as soon as travel restrictions are lifted. Candidates will also be supported in developing methods of remote data collection, should this be necessary. Bursaries will be paid once candidates are present on campus, though it would be backdated if a period of remote working had been necessary.

How to apply

Applicants for Masters by Research and PhD in the School of Education and Professional Development who wish to be considered for a Vice-Chancellor’s fee waiver scholarship should apply by 2nd July 2020 using the online application form which asks for a research proposal of 1,000-2,000 words to be attached (brevity is preferred). Guidance is provided by the University for writing research proposals. Applicants for a VC scholarship should also:

  • Select either Master’s by Research or PhD on the application form.
  • State on the application form that you wish to be considered for the “Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship”. Where the online application form asks about payment of fees, you should select 'other' and state that you wish to be considered for the “Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship” in the free text box.
  • Add a 200-word summary of the proposed research project at the beginning of the research proposal headed ‘Summary of Research Proposal for Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship’.
  • Add a statement at the end of the research proposal (approx 300 words) explaining the broader contribution that you will be able to make to the School. This should include the way in which your proposed research and outcomes from the research would contribute to one of our research themes, and the qualities that you will bring to enable you to contribute to the teaching and research communities of the School (e.g. contributing to seminars, assisting with staff research, assisting with undergraduate teaching and marking of assignments).
  • Discuss your proposed research with two members of academic staff who are prepared to supervise the project. The supervisors should complete the Statement of Support form and submit it to You are advised to remind potential supervisors to submit this by the deadline of 2 July 2020.

If an application meets our initial quality criteria you will be invited for a video or telephone interview with the Director of Graduate Education or a Deputy Director, and a senior member of academic staff within the School. This will take place 2-4 weeks following the date of application.

Enquiries about supervision within particular research areas should be directed to the contacts named for each research theme. General enquiries about fee waivers and postgraduate research should be directed to Dr Helen Jones, School of Education and Professional Development, Director of Graduate Education. Queries about the process of application should be directed to the postgraduate research admissions administrators at

If we do not fill all Education and Professional Development VC scholarship places in September 2020, there may be further SEPD VC scholarships available in January and April 2021. Please see general university information about the VC scholarship for closing dates for these entry points. However, please note that the more detailed information above about applying to the School of Education and Professional Development should still be followed for all VC scholarship applications within our School.