The SUPA Prize Studentship competition 2015/16

The SUPA Prize Studentship competition is closed now.

Before you begin the online application process for the SUPA Prize Studentship, please read the Application Guide. It contains important information regarding the submission of references and other requirements. You will be asked to confirm that you have read this document. In addition, please read all the information on this page before starting the application process.

A graduate student

The deadline for submitting applications is 23:59 GMT Sunday 31st January 2016.

Note that your referees must upload their references by Sunday 7th February 2016 at 23:59 GMT or your application will not be put forward to the selection panel.

  • All applications must be made online.

  • Deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT Sunday 31st January 2016.

The five steps in the application process

  1. Check that your web browser is suitable
  2. Prepare your application
  3. Complete and submit the five-part online form
  4. Arrange for your references to be uploaded to the SUPA Central website
  5. Please also apply to your chosen SUPA university to undertake a PhD

Application Guide

The Application Guide contains important information regarding your submission. Please read it carefully.


Application Guide (pdf)

Reference Guidance

Please download the Reference Guidance and send or give a copy to each of your two referees.


Reference Guidance (pdf)


Further details about each step in the process

STEP 1 - Check the browser requirements


The form requires you to use a modern web browser with javascript enabled. It would be advisable to update any version you are using to be sure that the process will work smoothly.

STEP 2 - Prepare your application


Please prepare the following before starting the application form:

  1. Your contact details, including a valid email address that you will check daily during the prize process period.

  2. The contact details of two referees who have agreed to provide references for you.

  3. The e-mail address of a prospective supervisor with whom you have been in contact and who has agreed to supervise you.

  4. Details of your higher education (after high school) academic record and any English language qualifications (including scores and grades) if applicable.

  5. Details of your academic achievements, prizes, awards and publications.

  6. A prepared statement of your interest in a chosen SUPA Theme or area of research (approx. 200 words).

  7. A prepared statement of what makes you a suitable candidate for a SUPA prize studentship (approx. 200 words).

  8. A scanned final or interim (if you have not yet graduated) transcript of your first degree (after high school) in pdf format.

STEP 3 - Complete and submit the application form


Once you have read the Application Guide and prepared your submission, you may begin the application.

2015-16 competition is closed!

Completed applications must be submitted to SUPA by the deadline of 23:59 GMT Sunday 31st January 2016. At the end of the process you will be given an application reference id number. Make a careful note of this number.

STEP 4 - Arrange for your references to be uploaded to SUPA Central


Your referees will be contacted with details of how they can upload their references for you directly to SUPA Central once you have submitted the completed form.  You are responsible for ensuring that your two named referees supply references before the deadline of Sunday 7th February 2016 at 23:59 GMT. You must provide us with a valid email address for each of your referees. They will be sent a link to an online upload facility.

STEP 5 - Please also apply to your chosen SUPA university to undertake a PhD


After you submit your application to SUPA Central, you must also apply to your chosen SUPA university to undertake a PhD and are obliged to meet  the minimum requirements of that institution.

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