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School of Engineering and Materials Science Research Studentships

QMUL / Islamic Development Bank PhD studentships for entry in 2021

Application Deadline: 28-02-2021

The School of Engineering and Materials Science has been allocated a limited quota of QMUL / Islamic Development Bank PhD studentships for entry in Sep 2021. 

Step 1 - IDB Funding Application

Candidates must apply directly to the Islamic Development Bank PhD scholarship programme. Candidates must submit their Islamic Development Bank PhD scholarship application by the deadline on 28th February 2021.

Interested candidates are encouraged to make contact with a potential supervisor in SEMS before submitting their Islamic Development Bank PhD scholarship application –as staff will be able to offer assistance in composing a suitable research proposal.

The IDB set out their own selection criteria. Full details of these criteria and the application process are available on the IDB website:

Step 2 - QMUL PhD Application

Before applying you need to ensure that the School has expertise within the specific area to supervise your research. To do this, you should visit the School research web pages and review individual staff members' research interests for the following supervisors only: Dr Joe Briscoe, Dr Nader Karimi, Dr Hasan Shaheed, Dr Roberto Volpe & Professor Liz Tanner

If you are able to identify a match with your own research interests, the next step is to complete the online application process to an appropriate Engineering or Materials PhD programme:

Research degrees in Engineering

Research degrees in Materials

Please remember to include a reference to the "QMUL / Islamic Development Bank PhD Studentships" and also the name of the Project/Supervisor to associate your application with this scheme.

Applicants are required to provide confirmation that they have applied to the Islamic Development Bank PhD Scholarship and also to provide a realistic plan to secure sufficient funding for the duration of the PhD programme.  On your application, please be sure to include details of how you intend to secure sufficient funding to complete the research programme and writing up process (£1,265 GBP per month, for a minimum duration of 36 months).

For more details in regards to planning your finances before starting your studies, please see:

Applicant required to start studies in 2021. 

The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.

If English is not your first language then you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5 and above (with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each of the other test components).

International applicants should refer to the following website at

The deadline for applicants to apply for study under this scheme is 28th February. Applications will be considered by the School’s Director of Graduate Studies. We plan to confirm the results of the chosen applicants via offer towards the end of March 2021.

Further Guidance on how to apply for a PhD in general is available via:

If you have any queries regarding application to this studentship please contact .