Funding opportunities

At Manchester, we understand the importance of cultivating academic talent and rewarding high achievement and hard work. We invest millions of pounds every year in offering a range of generous research studentships and scholarships available to international, UK and EU students.

A list of funded opportunities for PhD study is available below. Please contact the postgraduate admissions team for more information about current opportunities or find out more about the modes of study.

  • President’s Doctoral Scholar Award

    The President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) award is the University’s flagship funding initiative, and is strongly supported by the University's President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.   The scheme offers over 100 elite postgraduate research studentships per year and is open to students of all nationalities and across all research areas.

    Successful PDS award candidates receive funding for their doctoral studies, as well as an additional £1,000 enhancement to their stipend. PDS award-holders are students of the highest calibre, who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in world-leading research environments. 
  • Faculty PhD Studentships

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering has historically made up to a further 10 PhD studentships (also known as Dean’s Awards) in previous years although this is not normally announced until around February time.

    These awards are open to all nationalities and research areas within the Faculty. The awards have been allocated to outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities, based on the academic track-record of applicants and evidence of research potential.
  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

    The University continues to be successful in securing funding from the EPSRC.  The School awards between 7-12 studentships a year.  These fully-funded studentships are available in a range of academic disciplines and provide funding for fees and stipend at the Research Council UK rates. Projects will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of academic staff.

    Projects will be advertised here.

  • BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

    The University of Manchester is one of the largest and most successful centres for biological and biotechnological focused research and training in Europe.  Researchers span the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and receive more BBSRC funding than any other university in the UK.  The University of Manchester is one of the 12 BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships.  We are currently training over 100 PhD students in the DTP.  The Manchester BBSRC DTP is looking to recruit between 20 and 25 students each academic year.  These fully-funded studentships are available in a range of academic disciplines and provide funding for fees and stipend at the Research Council UK. Projects will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of academic staff.

    Each year the School advertises project on the BBSRC Website
  • CSC-University of Manchester Joint Scheme

    The University of Manchester has a formal agreement in place with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to develop research collaborations between the UK and Chinese universities/research institutions.   The University will cover the full tuition fees for the period of the relevant Programme as outlined in the formal offer letter (usually three years).  CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, via and passport application fees.  Further information and entry criteria can be found here 
  • Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Taught and Research Master’s student

    PGL loans were introduced by the Department of Education and the first cohort commenced in September 2016.  The PGL loans support up to £10,000 per student for the purpose of Masters study.  PGL for Masters Study will be a contribution towards the cost of studies i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards tuition fees, maintenance cost or other costs.  It is non-means tested and is paid directly to the student.  Further information can be found on the Student Finance England website.

  • Doctoral Loans

    The UK government has confirmed that new doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes) from 2018/19.

    The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

    UK nationals, who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, will be eligible. The government is currently considering making EU students eligible.

    The loans will be available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities.

    Additional information will be published to this page once further information has been confirmed by the UK government.  A summary of the main features of the loan is available on
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