Best 15 PhD Scholarships in Physical Therapy



This post is a clear discription of PhD Scholarships in Physical Therapy. Are you an International Student, wishing to study physical Therapy abroad? Here is the best opportunity to get a PhD Scholarship in Physical Therapy.

  1. An exciting opportunity to examine lower limb neuromuscular control in patients with diabetes and to develop prehabilitation strategies to improve function and quality of life in this population

Deadline: January 24, 2019

The Faculty of Health, Education, Sport and Social Science at the University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Institute and Connolly Foundation are offering a full-time PhD studentship in the subject area described above.

The scholarship is offered in the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research and will cover tuition fees (only), bursary per annum for the qualified student.

Interested candidates are expected to have an excellent academic record, with a sport and/or exercise science or physiotherapy/sports therapy knowledge base with clear focus on Biomechanics (e.g. BSc and/or MSc dissertation projects in Biomechanics).

The MPhil/PhD student will, so Experience with relevant biomechanical technology (hardware and software) will prove valuable, as the PhD Student will take a lead role in developing the methods used in this project.

The studentship is for a fixed term of Three years, starting from 11th March 2019 and the Successful candidate will receive a Full Studentship Salary of £4222 per annum provided by Connolly Foundation.

Applications are granted by request. Interested candidates should please email quoting the appropriate reference number.

Applicants need to submit a 1,000 word proposal (excluding references) setting out how they would approach the proposed subject area as a PhD study. Additional documents will include the applicant’s CV and a Cover letter.

More information about the program can be gotten by visiting


  1. Developing and testing a strategy to address Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Five full/part-time Doctoral Studentships are being offered to outstanding candidates that will take part in the research project highlighted above by the School of Health Sciences at City University of London, UK.

The successful PhD applicant for this project should come from related healthcare disciplines such as nursing, physiotherapy, social work, psychology, occupational therapy as the candidate is ideally expected to have knowledge of care provided to critically ill patients, or alternatively, knowledge of physical, cognitive or psychological interventions that might be delivered to critical illness survivors.

Successful applicants would join around 70 current PhD students in the School of Health Sciences, providing a supportive environment of peers.

The offer includes an annual bursary (£16,000 in 2018/19), and Research Costs up £1000 over the three years duration of the program.

The studentship is typically open to UK and EU students. International students are also welcome to apply but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.

More Information about the program can be gotten on the official website here


  1. Wissenschaftliches Personal, PhD Candidate at Technische Universität München, Germany

The Human-Centered Assistive Robotics (HCR) Lab at Technical University of Munich (TUM), in cooperation with the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences at TUM, is offering a PhD studentship Position in the field of interpersonal coordination.

The candidate will participate the interdisciplinary project on “Life-span development of high-order body representations for the control of body balance: role of prediction during light haptic interactions with another individual”.

The desired candidate is expected to have obtained a Master’s degree or diploma in psychology, ergonomics, sports science, physiotherapy, or behavioral neuroscience. The candidate must also have High proficiency in writing and speaking German and English and be interested to be engaged in teaching and education at TUM.

The position is available from January 2019. More information about the program can be gotten by visiting the official website here


  1. UD Physical Therapy Department – University of Delaware

Deadline: December 1st

The department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, a public research University in Newark, Delaware, United States of America is offering qualifying DPT students the option to earn a Master of Science (MS) in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science and a PhD in Physical Therapy. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) while the MS Degree program is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Average cumulative undergraduate GPA of students who seek to enroll for the program is 3.71 and the Average GRE scores of such candidates is 76th percentile for Verbal and 69th percentile for Quantitative.

More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the program’s website:

  1. University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

Deadline: varies (annual)

Study in: Canada

The University of Manitoba, Canada offers the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) to full-time graduate students (Masters or PhD) offering any of the graduate degree programs at the University (except those seeking to obtain a degree in Medicine and Master of Business Administration)

These fellowships are merit-based awards that are open to students of any nationality and they are valued at $18,000 (Ph.D.) and $14,000 (Master’s) for a 12 month period. Qualified students are eligible to receive the UMGF for the first 24 months of their Master’s program and the first 48 months of their PhD program.

Information about admissions into Um can be found here and information about the UMGF can be found here


  1. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for International Students

Deadline: 1 Dec 2018 (annual)

The HKPF offers interested candidates the opportunity to pursue their PhD studies at the following UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong:

  • City University of Hong Kong (
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (
  • Lingnan University (
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (
  • The Education University of Hong Kong (
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (
  • The University of Hong Kong (

The HKPF will offer 250 PhD Fellowships in the 2019/20 academic year which starts in September 2019. The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$301,200 (approximately US$38,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,600 (approximately US$1,600) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years.

It is important to check the individual schools for their entrance and application requirements. More information about the scholarship can be found by visiting the official website here


  1. USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy – University of Southern California

The Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC), California, USA is known as a destination for research, training, and practice related to physical therapy and rehabilitation for students across the country and around the world.

The division offers doctoral degrees in physical therapy (DPT) and bio-kinesiology (Ph.D.), as well as master’s degrees in bio-kinesiology. The division also offers residency programs in the areas of orthopedic physical therapy, neurologic physical therapy, sports physical therapy, as well as pediatric physical therapy.

For more information about the programs and the funding available for them, visit the program’s official scholarship page here


  1. Charlotte Money Beatty Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 11th

The Charlotte Money Beatty Memorial Scholarship is granted in honor of a beloved physical therapist who served until her passing Twenty-Five years ago. The $1,500 annual scholarship is offered to a qualifying graduate student enrolled in the physical therapy program at the University of North Carolina.

While the scholarship is open to all students in good academic standing, priority will be given first to minority students and second to individuals expressing a commitment to a career in pediatrics.

More Information about the scholarship program such as how to apply can be gotten by contacting Lisa Johnston at or by visiting


  1. Dr. Alvin and Monica Saake Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 20th

The Dr. Alvin and Monica Saake Foundation Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship granted annually to undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program in kinesiology, leisure science, physical education, athletic training, exercise science, sports medicine, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.

The scholarship is administered through the Hawaii Community Foundation and qualified candidates must be Hawaii residents, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better, and demonstrate financial need.

More information about the program can be gotten by emailing or by visiting


  1. Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy Award

Deadline: March 1st

The Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy Award is offered to graduate students across the United States who are in the final year of a professional entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program with good academic standing.

It is sponsored by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Visionary Foundation and offered through any accredited U.S. institution.

Qualified candidates are required to submit the following documents: an official school transcript, current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a two-page essay.

More information about the program can be gotten by emailing or by visiting


  1. Harold “Herk” Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 15th

In memory of an orthopedic tech who served in the United States Navy before pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy,

The Harold “Herk” Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund is granted to a non-traditional full-time graduate student who is enrolled in the accredited physical therapy program at the University of Indianapolis.

The $2,500 scholarship is granted annually in honour of an orthopedic tech who served in the United States Navy before pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy.

The criteria for selecting qualified candidates include academic performance, financial need, professional goals, and service involvement.

More information about the scholarship can be gotten by sending a mail to


  1. Katherine H. Dilley Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 1st

Each year, the Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsors the Katherine H. Dilley Scholarship Fund to provide $1,000 to current undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy at any accredited four-year higher learning institution in Arizona.

Along with the application, candidates must attach a college transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay on career interests.

Applications are available by request. A letter of application, financial aid form, official transcript and two letters of recommendation are required.


  1. National AMBUCS Scholarship Program for Therapists

Deadline: April 15th

National AMBUCS, Inc. offers scholarships to qualified undergraduate and graduate (master’s or doctoral) therapy students in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology.

Since its inception in 1955, more than $8.3 million in scholarships have been awarded to nearly 15,000 students. Over $150,000 is awarded annually with individual awards ranging from $500 to $1,500, including a two-year award in the amount of $6,000.

More information about the program can be gotten by sending a mail to or by visiting


14,       STAR International PhD Programme

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Ireland

Deadline: 16 November 2018 (17:00 GMT)

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is offering five prestigious fully funded PhD scholarships through the Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) Programme.

This four-year structured PhD training Programme seeks to encourage the successful candidates to develop innovative research projects in one of RCSI’s areas of research strength within the medical and health sciences.

The STAR Programme is a fully funded four-year PhD Scholarship, covering student fees (EU €6,950 or Non-EU €13,350 p.a.) research costs (up to €10,000 p.a.) and student stipend (€18,000 p.a.).

It also includes a Relocation package: €5,000 per student and an annual home travel allowance: ~€300-€800 p/a – depending on EU/Rest of World.

Interested candidates should be international students with a strong profile and a background in Biomedical Research, Clinical Research, Population Health Research, or Health Services Research coming from primary degree courses of which Physiotherapy is part.

Qualified candidates are expected to have obtained or be about to obtain a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent (i.e. top 10 % of primary degree – or equivalent) and should provide a grade point average (GPA) for each completed year of undergraduate degree.

An English proficiency requirement of IETLS ≥6.5 is also needed or the student must have completed primary degree through the medium of English. Preference will be given to applicants coming directly from their undergraduate degree into this PhD programme.

The program will commence on 1st October 2019

For more information about the program, please visit


  1. Doctoral (PhD) student position in pain research focusing on neuroinflammation

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Deadline: 18 Nov 2018

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden is offering a PHD studentship for a project titled “Neuroinflammation and pain processing in fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis”.

The doctoral student for this project will be a part of Eva Kosek’s research group ( and the main focus of the project is neuroinflmmation and pain processing in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis.

The main focus of the current PhD project is

The successful PhD candidate will receive financial support during their doctoral education and employment on a doctoral studentship is the most common sort of support.

The qualified candidate is expected to have been awarded advanced/second-cycle/master qualification (i.e. master degree) or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle/master level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English: A personal letter and a curriculum vitae, Academic degree diplomas, transcripts of records, Copies of degree projects and any previous publications, Proof of English proficiency.

For more information about the program, kindly visit


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