PhD Funding Applications - LCN @ UCL

Each year, the LCN @ UCL has a number of funded PhD studentship places to offer for the coming academic year. In order to be considered for a funded position, please submit an application using the form below, ensuring to upload the below listed documentation. Please take note of the page limits.

  • 2 page CV
  • 1 page supporting statement outlining your suitability for your chosen PhD topic, fit to the proposed supervisor, and to the LCN
  • Completed Academic Reference (Download Template)*
  • Completed Supervisor Reference (Download Template)*

*Referees can send document directly to if required.

Please do not upload any other documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

By submitting an application via this portal you are submitting an application for funding only. You must also submit an application for admission via the UCL Application Portal – your chosen supervisor will be able to confirm the programme to apply for. 

Candidates must make contact with a proposed UCL LCN supervisor before submitting an application for funding. Regrettably, we are unable to consider applications that are not supported by a LCN @ UCL academic supervisor. Details of UCL LCN supervisors can be found on the Our People webpage. If you are applying for a project advertised on our PhD Opportunities Page, please note any specific requirements detailed on the advert.

By submitting an application using this portal, you will be considered for all open funding opportunities offered by the LCN @ UCL that you are eligible for. This includes studentships funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Chinese Scholarship Council, and UCL Graduate Research Scholarship/Overseas Research Scholarships. If you are applying for a specific project, advertised on our PhD Opportunities page, you must indicate this in your supporting statement.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, until the available funding is exhausted. If you are intending to apply for a specific project, please ensure that your application is submitted by the advertised deadline. You can check the application deadlines on our PhD Opportunities Page, on the Graduate Research Scholarships, Overseas Research Scholarships, and the UCL-China Scholarship Council webpages.

All offers of funding are conditional on being awarded a place on a PhD programme of study at UCL. Hence, as stressed above, you must also make an application for admission via UCL Select.

If you have not heard from us within a month of the application deadline for the award that you are applying for, regrettably we have been unable to proceed with your application on this occasion. 

We will process the data submitted in your application in accordance with the UCL privacy statement.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we collect and monitor the below information in the application portal for all applicants, and successful recipients of LCN associated studentships. 

The information collected will be anonymised, and is being collected for monitoring purposes only. The LCN will use the data to get a better understanding of the students it attracts and supports, and we will process the data in accordance with UCL’s privacy statement.

For those who are awarded a studentship funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the anonymised data will be aggregated for the whole of UCL, and returned to EPSRC for their monitoring purposes only. EPSRC will use the aggregated data to gain a better understanding of the students their training provision is supporting and attracting. Individual submissions will not be returned to EPSRC.

Data collected with be kept confidential, separated from the application form, and not used as part of the selection process. It will not be passed onto the recruiting supervisor.

Further guidance on disclosing a disability or long-term health condition, should you wish to, can be found on the Student Support and Wellbeing webpages

Submit an Application via the PhD Portal