Scholarships Merit-based

Research Excellence Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training (One-Year)

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20622 GBP
United Kingdom
26 Jan 2025
Application deadline


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Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Full fees and a £20,622 maintenance stipend

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • living expenses


UCL's Research Excellence Scholarship for Cross-disciplinary Training (RXD) is their new award for current research students to spend a year in another department acquiring new research skills.

They are offering up to 4 scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country wishing to spend an additional year of their MPhil/PhD or EngD in another UCL department acquiring research skills and knowledge from a different discipline, which can be applied in their normal area of research. Training should be of one year's duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline. 


Applicable programmes


The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the applicable graduate rate (UK or overseas) plus a maintenance stipend of £20,622 (2023/24) or - in the case of recipients who already hold a UKRI grant - one that will match their current maintenance grant. The scholarship also includes additional research costs of up to £1,200.

The Cross-disciplinary Scholarships are tenable for one academic year of full-time study in the host department, starting from September.


Eligible candidates must:

  • be in receipt of an offer of admission to or currently registered at UCL on a full-time MPhil/PhD or EngD research programme*, and;
  • provide proof of three years of guaranteed funding for their normal MPhil/PhD or EngD programme.

Scholarship requirements




United Kingdom


226 nationalities

Study experience required





Application deadline

26 Jan 2025

Applications must be made by the Head of the student's home department in conjunction with the Graduate Tutor.

Applications must include the following six documents, in the below order, contained in 1 PDF:

A training proposal outline, indicating:

the student's full name and UCL student number;

the MPhil/PhD/EngD project and subject area;

the host department;

the benefit to the student from sustained training in the area outside his/her principal discipline; 

the potential impact that the research project might have and how this would be enhanced by cross-disciplinary training.

Detailed description of the training programme.

Student's full Curriculum Vitae (CV).

A one-page outline of the MPhil/PhD/EngD research project.

Evidence of three years' MPhil/PhD/EngD funding.

A letter signed by the heads of both the home and host departments.


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