Application guidance for self-funded studentships.

Applicants should fulfil the normal entry requirements for PhD registration at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and should have or expect to obtain a good Undergraduate Honours Degree (minimum of Upper Second Class or equivalent).

The below guidance is written to help you submit the best possible application.


1. Official Transcripts (in English) of your Higher Education qualifications.

2. Evidence of your English Proficiency (if English is not your first language) Details of English Language requirements for candidates can be found at: English Language Requirements.

3. Two references We require two references and you will need to request these. At least one of these must be an academic reference. References will not be considered from supervisors on the project you are applying for.

4. Personal statement Your personal statement must be no more than 500 words and should outline why your experience relates to undertaking research study with us.

5. Curriculum Vitae CV detailing professional qualifications, publications and research interests if applying for a research degree (PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research).

Research proposal.

6. If you are applying for an advertised research project, instead of submitting a Research Proposal, upload a Research Statement including why you are applying for the project, an outline of your relevant current knowledge and skills indicating how these will help you complete the research and your training needs. Please note that all Research Proposals and/or Research Statements must have been produced by you.

If you are applying for a Rotation PhD, describe your reasons for pursuing postgraduate study, your reasons for choosing this course, and your long term career objectives and/or goals. You should include your research interests describing what you feel you would gain from the Rotation Programme and three research areas that most interest you and why. You are not required to develop a research proposal. The purpose of this part of the application is to allow us to gauge which areas of science you might be interested in and why these specifically appeal to you. It is sufficient to make this quite broad by looking at the research areas of the specific departments. This does not impact on any rotations you may choose to do if you are selected for the programme.

If you are applying for a research degree that would be funded by yourself (including those that may be part-funded by one of our Scholarships for overseas applicants), you should include a research proposal of no more than 1,000 words, giving the name(s) of the research faculty member(s) working in your research area.


Applications for all studentships should be made using the online application form on the University of East Anglia’s website.