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The Department of Meteorology is pleased to announce the introduction of PhD scholarships for self-funding applicants who meet the eligibility criteria outlined on this page, and who are starting their PhD between 1 January 2022 and 31 August 2023.


What is available?

Scholarships for full-time students based in Reading

£1,000 per year for UK (home) students, £3,000 per year for international students, to be awarded as a bursary directly allocated to the PhD student.

Scholarships for part-time students and/or PhD by Distance

Equivalent scholarships are available on a pro rata basis for students registered for a PhD by Distance and/or part-time:

  • Part-time, based at Reading – £500 per year for UK students, £1,500 per year for international students
  • Full-time, by distance – £500 per year for UK students, £1,500 per year for international students
  • Part-time, by distance – £250 per year for UK students, £750 per year  for international students.



Scholarships are available for up to three years for full-time students and up to four years for part-time students.


Applicants will need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • be self-funding or have a studentship/scholarship that does not provide sufficient funding for the student's entire tuition fee and their reasonable living costs
  • be in possession of a formal PhD offer of admission from the University of Reading, including meeting the language requirements specified by the School upon entry.

How to apply

  • Before applying, please read our guidance on how to apply and entry requirements.
  • Submit an application for admission to our PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate or PhD in Space Weather and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, via our online admissions portal.
  • In the 'Scholarships applied for' box that appears within the Funding Section of your online application, please quote "Reading Department of Meteorology PhD Scholarships" in order for your application to be considered.


Application Deadline

There is no formal deadline. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed throughout the year by the Department of Meteorology PhD admissions tutor.


Successful candidates will be notified via a formal studentship letter. Please note that this is provided separately from any offer of admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact our PhD admissions team at


PhD study

Join a large and vibrant research community, where you'll work alongside academic staff and a thriving group of postdoctoral researchers.


Our research

We are ranked 5th in the world for Atmospheric Science (ShanghaiRanking 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects). Our pioneering research informs how governments, industries and communities respond to complex environmental issues.

PhD opportunities

 Explore research you're passionate about and help to advance our understanding of the natural environment. Opportunities include the Earth System Prediction Doctoral Training Programme, delivered in partnership with ECMWF, the UK Met Office and NCAS; and the Scenario Doctoral Training Programme, delivered with partners from the public and industrial sectors.

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