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2024 University of Bristol Black Heritage PhD Scholarships

We welcome applications for full scholarships to postgraduate research programmes starting in 2024.

As part of our commitment to the Black community, the University of Bristol has launched a number of postgraduate research scholarships exclusively for students of Black heritage for 2024/25 entry.

Our commitment to inclusion

These scholarships aim to address under-representation in postgraduate research. This supports our work to improve representation across all levels of study and academia, and is aligned with the aims of our Black Bristol Scholarships Programme.

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 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 who identify as women of Black heritage, 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.

Aim and Benefits

  • This scholarship covers four years of full-time study, and we also welcome applications for part-time study. Please check the faculty pages in the table below for full details.
  • The scholarship provides the same level of funding as the major Research Councils, which include full fee funding and a stipend to cover living costs. The stipend changes each year in line with national recommendations. For 2023-24 this is £18,622 annually for full-time study.
  • 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.


  • You must be a postgraduate research student from Black heritage for 2024/25 entry.
  • These are available within the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Law, and Life Sciences, and are open to UK-domiciled, home fee applicants of Black African, Black Caribbean or other Black or mixed Black heritage.

Application Deadline

February 27, 2024

How to Apply

Detailed information about how to apply can be found through the faculty webpages below.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the academic lead for your prospective faculty.

If you have any further queries on life as a postgraduate researcher at Bristol, or any issues with your application, please contact Alice Ferns at the Bristol Doctoral College. Please feel free to contact us, however small your question.

For more details visit: University of Bristol website.

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