Silberrad Scholarships

Details of this scholarship for 2017-18 will be announced soon.

2016-17 entry

Are you an Essex graduate and Home/EU student with excellent academic background? You could be eligible for our Silberrad Scholarships, worth £9,600 in 2016-17 and awarded for the duration of your PhD (subject to satisfactory progression).

The scholarship will pay your tuition fees and a bursary towards living costs. Two scholarships are available for 2016-17 entrants.

The Silberrad Scholarships are funded by a legacy from the Silberrad estate, bequeathed to Essex in 2007.


You can apply for this scholarship if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a degree from the University of Essex (undergraduate and/or Masters), or are in the final term of completing a degree
  • are classified as a Home or EU student for fee purposes
  • have an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) for full-time PhD study starting in October 2016 (Professional Doctorates are excluded)

Full details

  • 2016-17

    University of Essex Silberrad Scholarships terms and conditions

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    Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.

How to apply

If you've applied for an Essex ESRC DTC studentship starting in 2016-17 or the University of Essex Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship, you'll automatically be considered for the Silberrad Scholarship (if appropriate) and you don't need to complete a separate application form. However, you're advised to read the terms and conditions of this award. Silberrad scholarships don't cover ESRC 1+3 applications, but you'll be considered for an Integrated PhD if there is one appropriate for your studies. All other applicants must complete the online application form. Please note, applications for 2016-17 are now closed.

All other applicants must:

After you apply

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on:

  • academic ability - based on previous academic qualifications, normally a first or high 2.1 Bachelors degree and/or a Masters degree with distinction or merit
  • research potential - based on the candidate's research proposal submitted with their application, as well as their statement on the scholarship application form

If your application has been successful then you'll be notified by the end of April 2016 by our Funding team.