John Brian Roberts Scholarship (2024)

The School of Engineering and Informatics invites outstanding applicants to apply for the prestigious John Brian Roberts Engineering Scholarship in the department of Engineering and Design.

What you get

You will receive a tax-free stipend at a standard rate of £19,237 per year and your fees will be waived (at the UK, EU, or International rate). In addition, to a one-off Research and Training Support Grant of £2,000. 

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

John Brian Roberts was a world-renowned Professor of Mechanical Engineering at theUniversity of Sussex. He spent 30 years at the University specialising in the field of nonlinear random vibration, becoming Dean of Engineering in 1990, and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1997. His family left a generous legacy to provide funding for outstanding PhD scholars in Engineering 


This scholarship is available to UK, EU and overseas applicants. 

Eligible candidates will have an upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related field. 

The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity,equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. 

Number of scholarships available



31 May 2024 23:59

How to apply

Apply online for a full time PhD in Engineering (SEP2024) using our step-by-step guide.

Please clearly state on your application that you are applying for the John Brian Roberts Scholarship, and the member of our faculty who is your preferred supervisor. 

Please ensure you application includes each of the following: 

  • A research proposal. For guidance on preparing your proposal, please see here.
  • The name of the faculty member(s) you wish to nominate as your supervisor(s). Our Informatics faculty can be found hereYou may nominate up to 2 potential supervisors. Please contact any prospective supervisor prior to nominating them to ensure that your research interests align and that they are currently accepting new PGRs. 
  • Degree certificates and transcripts. 
  • 2 references, including a minimum of 1 from any institution studied at within the last 5 years.
  • If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate that you meet the University’s English language requirements, see here for details of our accepted documentation. 

Contact us

For general enquiries, please email 


Application deadline: 31st May 2024 23:59 GMT 

Interviews: June 2024

Offers issued to successful candidates: By the 1st July 

PhD entry: 16th September 2024


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
31 May 2024 23:59 (GMT)


The award is available to people from these specific countries: