KESS 2 for Students

What is KESS 2?

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) provides opportunities for funded PhD and Research Masters study in collaboration with an active business or company partner. It is supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government and involves all universities in Wales, led by Bangor University.

KESS 2 projects are tailored specifically to a research area which is of interest to the company partner, combining R&D with real-world application from the outset of the project.

Following the first and highly successful KESS programme between 2009 and 2014, KESS 2 will provide 645 scholarships over the course of six years. Click here for more KESS 2 facts and stats


What makes KESS 2 Scholarships different?

Collaboration · Area Specific · Real-world Application · Personal Development

Collaboration: The programme is based on collaboration, something that is increasingly important to the success of both large and small businesses.

Area Specific: The research project is specific to an area of interest for the company partner.

Real-world Application: The company partner provides supervision for the student and access to their business for some of the study period.

Personal Development: All projects are integrated with a higher-level skills training programme, the Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA), meaning that a KESS 2 scholar really understands how to apply their knowledge in a business and enterprise context.


Quick Facts for Students

Fully funded PhD and MRes scholarships are available now! See our Scholarship Vacancies