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W D Armstrong Trust Fund


The Managers expect each year to elect at least one W. D. Armstrong Studentship, tenable in the University, for full-time postgraduate work towards the PhD degree in a field related to the application of engineering in medicine.

The studentship will normally be available to home, EU or overseas students. The financial support comprises approved College and University fees (at the Home or EU rate) and maintenance paid in accordance with the standard EPSRC yearly rate, together with any fee approved by the Managers for training. In fixing the value of the studentship, account will be taken of other resources available to the student, including other awards held. The studentship will normally be held, subject to satisfactory progress, for the prescribed duration of the course, subject to the length limit imposed in 2018.  All studentships awarded after 1 October 2018 will be limited in length to not more than three years.  In the case of a student who is awarded an Armstrong Studentship after the start of their course, the length limit will be shorter.  The goal will be to contribute to a total of not more than three years of support for research, taking all sources into account.

The managers will consider funding part of a course, for instance if a student has had funding during their first year which has run out.  In these circumstances, the managers will not contribute to funding beyond a total of three years, however long funding from other sources may last for.  Hence, if a student was self-funded during their first year, the managers may consider offering funding for up to two years.

The managers will consider part-funding a student that has partial support from another source or is partially self-funded.  The managers will not offer any support (either in terms of fees or maintenance) if the student is in receipt of income (from any combination of sources) that makes them better off than a student funded at the standard EPSRC rate.

Students applying to undertake research in the eligible Departments (the Department of Engineering, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and the Computer Laboratory) in the School of Technology and any of the departments in the School of the Clinical Medicine), will be considered for nomination for a W.D. Armstrong studentship by their Departments. There is no need for prospective students to apply separately.

Supervisors are invited to propose projects as soon as possible, for consideration by the Fund Managers. A copy of the supervisor application form can be found below.


Application Form