Engineering: College of Engineering Zienkiewicz PhD Scholarships

Closing date: Applications accepted throughout the year

Key Information


*Application for this scholarship will re-open in July 2018.

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

This scholarship is in honour of the late Professor Olgierd (Olek) Cecil Zienkiewicz, CBE, FREng, FRS. He joined Swansea University in 1961 as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and was latterly Emeritus Professor of the University.

He was an exceptional British Civil Engineer and Scientist who was widely regarded as the "Father of the Finite Element Method", a computational modelling technique that allows engineers to design ever more challenging structures, aircraft or other components and processes with minimal use of expensive experimental testing.


The highly prestigious Zienkiewicz Scholarships are reserved for top calibre students (outstanding academic performance with a minimum of a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, IELTS at 7.0 or equivalent and ideally a Masters Degree and/or research experience).

This scholarship is opened to UK, EU and International students.


The scholarship fund will be allocated on a competitive basis.

How to Apply

For those interested in obtaining one of these Scholarships, please submit a "Declaration of Interest" (CV - including the names of 2 independent references, transcripts and a short PhD proposal).

Declaration of Interest is invited from eligible candidates in any of the strategic areas of interest to the College of Engineering. For further details on research areas of interest to the College of Engineering, please follow the ‘Research’ link below.

Any applications made to the University without a "Declaration of Interest" will not be considered for the Scholarship. 

Applications will be live throughout the year as we accept students on a case by case basis.

Please send your "Declaration of Interest" or any questions you may have to or phone us on +44 (0)1792 295514.