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Cardiff University unveils new £4M President’s Research Scholarships

26 January 2010

A new multi-million pound package of postgraduate scholarships designed to tackle some of the key climate, engineering, social and medical research challenges and attract the most talented postgraduate research students to Cardiff University have been unveiled.

The President's Research Scholarship fund is a £4M investment set up to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, as Cardiff University’s new President and in recognition of his world leading research.

The new flagship scholarships have been designed to support excellence in postgraduate research provision and will provide new opportunities for research, which include - improving treatment of patients with arthritis, developing new bioimaging techniques, tackling some of the world’s key climate challenges, multiculturalism and the development of new drugs in the fight against disease.

Sir Martin said: "I am delighted that the University has decided to make such a substantial financial investment in attracting the best postgraduate research students to the University.

"These new scholarships underline the University’s long-standing commitment to academic excellence and will help maintain our reputation for world-leading academic research in key areas."

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on new projects under the supervision of successful and established researchers and in dynamic research environments. In total, an additional 72 full Research Council UK-rate PhD scholarships are being offered by the University over the next two years as part of the new scholarships.

The prestigious new awards will attract more of the highest quality candidates to Cardiff University – with those eligible for funding as President Scholars holding a first-class honours degree, or a 2.1 plus a postgraduate Masters degree at distinction level.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "This is a substantial addition to our existing scholarship investment and it will enhance the number of people undertaking significant, challenging and innovative research to PhD level at Cardiff University."

Applications for the new scholarships have already opened in some areas. Details of how to apply can be found at the University’s website -

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Chris Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 874731