Specific Funded Studentships

Current KESS 2 Scholarships

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys, and the Welsh Government's ESF programme for East Wales.

The KESS programme has specific scholarships available where the participant must live in West Wales and the Valleys or East Wales. Please see 'Information Pack' for an East vs West Wales Valleys residence map.

FSE KESS KESS East

This will be updated with new scholarships early 2020.



KESS PhD Studentship: 

Visual Reality for Cyber Defence and Situational Awareness 21432

Ref: KESS MAXI 21432

Deadline: Midnight Monday 26th August 2019


KESS PhD Studentship:

Bio plastics from C1 Gases 21491

Ref: KESS MAXI 21491

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 28th August 2019


KESS PhD Studentship:

Advance laser cutting system for electrical steel sheets

Ref: KESS MAXI 21425

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 28th August 2019


KESS Masters by Research Studentship:

Realistic CNI Cyber Security Exercising 21442

Ref: KESS MINI 21442

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 15th September 2019


KESS Masters by Research Studentship:

Deception Approaches for CNI 21443

Ref: KESS MINI 21443

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 15th September 2019


KESS Masters by Research Studentship:

Rail Sector Threat Intelligence 21445

Ref: KESS MINI 21445

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 15th September 2019


KESS Masters by Research Studentship:

Threat Intelligence for Industrial Process Control Systems in CNI 21441

Ref: KESS MINI 21441

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 15th September 2019


KESS PhD Studentship:

Driving microbial selectivity and yields of green higher alkane gases from inorganic gases for low carbon fuels and chemicals production 21693

Ref: KESS MAXI 21693

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 28th August 2019


KESS PhD Studentship:

Driving microbial selectivity and yields of green higher alkane gases from organic resources for low carbon fuels and chemical production 21692

Ref: KESS MAXI 21692

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday 28th August 2019

The participant information for scholarships can be accessed on the following:

East v West Wales Valleys residence map

WEST WALES VALLEYS KESS 2 Studentship Application Form

EAST WALES KESS 2 Studentship Application Form

Kess 2 Monitoring Form

KESS 2 Reference Form 1 East-West

KESS 2 Reference Form 2 East-West

Please obtain the references and provide them with your form by the deadline. If your referees prefer to provide the reference directly to USW, please ask them to email the completed form directly to kess@southwales.ac.uk by the advertised deadline (they should include the 5-digit scholarship reference number/scholarship title in the email).

Please do not use the Director of Studies for the scholarship you are applying for as your academic reference.

KESS and postgraduate doctoral degree loans

The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 makes it clear that a KESS student is not eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Degree loan, because they will be in receipt of KESS 2 support.

For reference, please refer to the hyperlink above, specifically clause (3) (m): “A person (“A”) is not an eligible student if — there has been bestowed on or paid to A, in relation to the course, any allowance, bursary or award made under the KESS 2 Scheme.”

It is the responsibility of KESS applicants (and appointed KESS students) to ensure they comply with these regulations.

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a Doctoral or research Masters Loan.


Other postgraduate bursaries

There are a number of bursaries, scholarships and funding options available to postgraduate research students.

Lydon-Hodges Bursary

Postgraduate Fees and Funding (including Masters and Doctoral Loans)

Doctoral Training Alliance

USW Research