SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Scholarships for postgraduate study

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarships

To celebrate fifty years of shaping science, technology and innovation research, teaching and policy, we have launched a new scholarship programme to enable the very best students from around the world to study a Masters at SPRU.

For more information please see 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

Geoff Oldham Memorial Scholarships

Geoff Oldham co-founded the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) in 1966. He served as Deputy Director before becoming Director in 1982, and his work on science and technology policy and developing countries is unparalleled.

These scholarships are available to UK, EU and international Masters students at SPRU to celebrate and continue the legacy of Geoffrey Oldham.

For more information, please visit the Geoff Oldham Memorial Scholarships page.

Susan Richmond Scholarship (2018)

This Masters scholarship for a female UK, EU or international SPRU student returning to higher education and includes a £10,000 tuition fee reduction.

For more information, please visit the Susan Richmond Scholarship page.

About SPRU Masters scholarships

All SPRU Masters courses have been recognised as providing research training that meets ESRC requirements, and so eligible applicants wishing to take a one year Masters followed by a three year PhD (1+3) may apply for an ESRC 1+3 scholarship.

PhD Studentships

SPRU is part of the new South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which is offering ESRC-funded studentships for UK and EU students for PhD degree (+3) or combined Masters and PhD degree (1+3). For more information, see the SeNSS page  at the Sussex Doctoral School.

Please note that you must apply for a PhD place at the University of Sussex by 20th January 2019 to be eligible for consideration for an ESRC studentship for September 2019 entry.

One 3-year PhD studentship on “Energy Demand in the Digital Society” at SPRU. This PhD studentship will explore the potential contribution of digital technologies to reducing energy demand and assisting the transition to secure, low carbon energy systems. These studentships will contribute to a larger programme of research in this area, led by Prof Tim Foxon and Prof Steve Sorrell.
The deadline for applications is 12th April 2019. More information is available here.