Research funding

The University of Manchester has invested over £6.8m per year to support postgraduate research students in recent years.

In addition to these internal funds, a substantial amount of funding was also generated from research councils, industry and other external sources. In research council funding alone, the University receives an average of £20 million per year to support its postgraduate taught and research degree students across a variety of disciplines.

Finding research funding

For current staff and students at The University of Manchester we recommend using Research to find information about possible research funding opportunities. 

Fellowships

If you are external to the University and are considering Manchester as a potential host institution for your fellowship application, please contact the relevant Department to discuss this in the first instance.  A list of  contacts for each Department can be accessed at the “Research Contacts” link.

  • China Scholarship Council - Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study 2019-2020

    The University of Manchester - China Scholarship Council Joint awards are available in:

    • Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science;
    • Computer Science
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Materials
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
    • Physics and Astronomy

    Benefits

    • For successful applicants, The University of Manchester will cover their full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the 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, visa and passport application fees.
    • The funding for each awardee will be up to 48 months.
    • Up to 30 scholarships will be supported per academic year within the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Please note:

    The successful applicants will be responsible for arranging their Visas into the country. The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for any successful applicant’s failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.

    Criteria

    • Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application; overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time; (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year).
    • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
    • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency, as outlined in the University’s entry requirements.
    • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

    Application and selection process

    1. Candidates should submit an online application for admission to The University of Manchester before 15 January 2019. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme. All supporting documents (degree certificates, transcripts, research proposal, references and evidence of English language proficiency (if required) must also be provided with the application. Other additional documents may be required by the Department including CV and personal statement which will be advised by the admission officer in the Department.
    2. The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates, upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order. The University of Manchester will provide CSC and each qualified candidate with a copy of the offer letter.
    3. After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application for funding and employer reference by the deadline confirmed by CSC. Please see the above website for the exact dates of when the CSC application portal will open and close.
    4. CSC will evaluate the candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates

    Closing Date

    15 January 2019

    Note

    The successful applicants will be responsible for arranging their Visa’s in to the Country and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for any successful applicant’s failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.

  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

    Our EPSRC DTP Studentships enable exceptional postgraduate research candidates to undertake a 3.5-year research project in the field of engineering and physical sciences. For 2019/20 we have approximately 53 x 3.5-year studentships (home fees plus standard UKRI stipend) available for application.

    At least nine of these will be industry collaborative CASE Studentships, where a minimum of three months will be spent by the student researcher in industry. The student is co-supervised by an academic supervisor and a qualified employee of the industrial partner and benefits from exposure to cutting-edge research relevant to the industrial partners’ priorities and objectives. 

    A small number of the most exceptional candidates will also be offered the opportunity to become part of the annual cohort of President’s Doctoral Scholars, an honour that provides them with advanced leadership training as well as an enhanced stipend. 

    How to Apply

    Applicants should be from the UK/EU and have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Applicants should apply directly to the relevant Department. Applicants may select a pre-approved advertised project or devise their own project in collaboration with a potential supervisor. Candidates are invited for interview by the supervisory team and a selection panel, before offers are made. Further information about the application process and available projects can be found by selecting the relevant discipline area:

    Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

    Chemistry

    Computer Science

    Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Materials

    Mathematics

    Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

    Physics and Astronomy

    Training

    Our Graduate Development Training Programme is designed to provide research and transferable skills linked to academic progression, personal development and future employability. The training programme includes discipline-focused training as well as essential workshops addressing areas such as research integrity, research conduct and intellectual property. We also offer a range of transferrable skills courses to support your development as a researcher. All training is provided on a needs-based model. Early career researchers undertake an annual skills audit to identify gaps in their skills appropriate to their stage of study. They can then be directed to the appropriate training programme to address their needs. 

    Student Support

    Students benefit from a wide range of support initiatives ensuring that both their academic and pastoral needs are addressed. PGR Life helps you to make the most of your time as a postgraduate researcher, supporting your research and planning for your future.

    EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships

    We are committed to supporting early career researchers and as such 10% of the DTP is used to fund the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to exceptional EPSRC-funded researchers who have submitted their PhD thesis within six months of the start of the prize and help to support them to launch a successful career in research.

    Academic Staff applying for DTP funding:

    EPSRC DTP project funding is allocated at School level for strategic cross departmental funding opportunities and at Departmental level to support specific disciplines. Applications are open to all academic staff. Awards are made on the basis of research excellence of the project and academic excellence of the candidate, support for ECRs etc. Please contact the School Head of Research or your Department PGR Director for further details. 

    For queries regarding the application process, available projects and eligibility please contact:

    Email: epsgraded@manchester.ac.uk

    Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8889

  • President's Doctoral Scholar Awards

    The University of Manchester offers more than 100 studentships every year through the President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award scheme, launched by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and across all research areas, and will be of interest to students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in a world leading research environment.

    Criteria

    • In order to be considered for this award, candidates must meet the following criteria:
    • hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD programme to commence in September;
    • hold (or be about to obtain) a first class honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent);
    • ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
    • meet English language entry requirements as specified by the Department that you are applying to;
    • have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work;
    • be interested in attending a series of exclusive events to facilitate interactions with our academic community and network with other PDS award holders.

    We will only consider candidates who hold a formal offer for a place on one of our PhD

    Funding

    The 3-year, fully funded scholarships cover:

    • Tuition fees at the international rate
    • Annual maintenance stipend equivalent to UKRI minimum stipend rate
    • An additional £1000 top up award

    Successful PDS Award holders will

    • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where they will have the opportunity to meet the University's President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students;
    • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
    • become a PDS ambassador for The University;
    • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for research students;
    • receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal.

    How to apply

    PDS Awards work on a nomination basis. The lead supervisor will nominate candidates for consideration by the Faculty and in order to be considered, applicants must hold an offer for a place on one of our PhD programmes.

    It is therefore essential that you apply for a place on the PhD programme of your choice as early as possible and that you specify in the funding section of your PhD application form that you wish to be considered for PDS funding.

    Full details of our research projects can be found on the relevant Department web pages as well as information on how to apply for our PhD programmes.

    The next deadline for nominations is February 2020 but you should be in contact with the Department in advance of this as they have internal processes and deadlines to follow (we therefore recommend first contact with the relevant Department by November at the latest).

    Please direct enquiries to the relevant Department.

  • Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers 20 Dean’s Doctoral Scholarships every year. These scholarships are open to all nationalities and across all research areas, and will be of interest to students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in a world leading research environment.

    Criteria

    In order to be considered for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD programme starting in academic year 2020/21;
    • hold (or be about to obtain) a first class honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent);
    • ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
    • meet English language entry requirements as specified by the Department that you are applying to;
    • have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work.

    We will only consider candidates who hold a formal offer for a place on one of our PhD programmes.

    Funding

    The 3-year, fully funded scholarships cover:

    • Tuition fees at the international rate
    • Annual maintenance stipend equivalent to UKRI minimum stipend rate
    • An additional £1000 RTSG

    Successful Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship holders will

    • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
    • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for research students

    How to apply

    Dean’s Doctoral Scholarships operate on a nomination basis. The lead supervisor will nominate candidates for consideration by the Faculty and in order to be considered, applicants must hold an offer for a place on one of our PhD programmes.

    It is therefore essential that you apply for a place on the PhD programme of your choice as early as possible and that you specify in the funding section of your PhD application form that you wish to be considered for the Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship funding.

    Full details of our research projects can be found on the relevant Department web pages as well as information on how to apply for our PhD programmes.

    The next deadline for nominations is April 2020 but you should be in contact with the Department in advance of this as they have internal processes and deadlines to follow (we therefore recommend first contact with the relevant Department by January at the latest).

    Please direct enquiries to the relevant Department.

  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2019/20

    EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2019/20

    Application Deadline: Monday, 5 August 2019 at 12 noon

    Interviews will take place on 29 August 2019.

    Scheme overview

    The EPSRC Doctoral Prize is a prestigious scheme aimed at developing the very best EPSRC funded students beyond the end of their PhD and help them launch a successful career in research as potential future research leaders.

    Successful applicants will be expected to take their research to the next level and undertake significant new research; the Prize must not be viewed merely as an opportunity to continue/complete PhD work although continuation of specific work from the applicants’ PhD that will result in publications may be permitted.

    Benefits

    • The University will provide Fellows with excellent research and training environments including a first class and challenging career development training programme. 
    • In addition to a Project Sponsor (a research - active member of The University’s academic staff who is willing to support an applicant’s project and, where appropriate, host the project in their lab), recipients of a Prize will also have access to an academic mentor who will offer advice and support regarding the mentee’s research and career development throughout the duration of the award.
    • Successful applicants will be awarded a tax-free living allowance of £24,370 per annum (pro rata).

    Award duration

    Awards of up to 12 months in the first instance are available to successful candidates.

    How to apply

    The University of Manchester is now accepting applications from PhD researchers for EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2019/20, which are available to both internal and external candidates.

    All applications should be made in accordance with the scheme’s guidelines, which can be found at the end of the application form (see links to application documentation below).

    Candidates must have been funded for their PhD by the EPSRC in the form of fees and/or stipend and have submitted their PhD thesis no more than six months before commencing the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship.

    The deadline for application is Monday, 5 August 2019 at 12 noon.

    Full applications, including application form and a letter of support from the Head of Department where the EPSRC Doctoral Prize research will be carried out should be returned by e-mail to epsgraded@manchester.ac.uk. Please note that the word counts and page limits listed on the application forms are not flexible.

    Candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed by a panel of senior academics. The decision of the panel is final.   

    Contacts

    If you have any queries regarding the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme please contact the Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Office (epsgraded@manchester.ac.uk; +44 (0)161 306 8889).

  • EPSRC NPIF Postgraduate Research Student Placement Scheme

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering has received funding from EPSRC for the enhancement of doctoral training for students who are working in areas of relevance to the Industrial Strategy and whose funding is drawn from an existing EPSRC training grant or are incorporated in an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

    In order to provide additional training opportunities that develop skills relevant to the Industrial Strategy, the Faculty has agreed to use some of this funding for a placement scheme. This will be used to support Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) to maximise the impact of their research and to help their career development.

    The placement scheme

    The placements are optional and do not form an integral or assessed part of the PGR students programme of study.

    The scheme is intended to be flexible and sufficiently responsive to meet the needs of both placement providers and PGR students. It will involve PGR students spending a period of time, ranging from two weeks to six months, on a project which may have agreed objectives and outputs. Placements can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the needs of the placement provider.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must currently receive an EPSRC studentship – either DTP, CDT or iCASE – and be working in areas of relevance to the Industrial Strategy. Students who receive any other source of funding are ineligible to apply.

    In addition:

    • Students must have a current registration and have successfully passed their Year 1 Annual Review.
    • Students must have a clearly articulated plan in place for completion of their thesis.

    Please note:

    • Students in their first year of study or submission pending period will generally not be eligible to apply for a placement, but applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis ;
    • Non-EEA students may apply for placements, but their eligibility to participate in the application process for this scheme will be subject to approval by the Student Immigration Team;
    • Students may apply for an interruption if they wish to take a placement or internship, but each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis by their Supervisor and Department.

    Approving the placement

    Postgraduate research students may arrange a placement which will contribute to their current PhD research/project. Alternatively, students may also arrange a placement that would be of particular value to them in terms of employability skills as part of this scheme.  The placement may:

    • Align directly with the student’s own research or
    • Provide an exceptional opportunity to work with a non-HEI organisation.

    The placement proposal must be assessed by the Main Supervisor prior to application. This will ensure that:

    • The placement content is at an appropriate level for a PGR student;
    • The duration of the placement would not detrimentally affect the student’s progress on their programme.

    Applying for a placement

    Students should complete an application form and the student’s Main Supervisor should provide a supporting statement. The relevant PGR Director, or nominated representative, will have oversight of the process and the Department PGR Administrator will be informed when the student has applied for a placement.

    Download the application form.

    Completed forms should be submitted to: EPSGRADED@manchester.ac.uk.

    Deadline for applications

    Applications may be submitted at any time, but funding must have been spent by 31 August 2020. Students are encouraged to apply early as funds may be fully allocated before August.

    After the placement

    After the placement, the student will be required to complete a short report form and may be required to participate in an event to showcase the outcomes of their placement. The details of the placement may be used for any reporting that the University is required to do.

    Enquiries

    If you have queries regarding eligibility or other aspects of application, contact the Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Office.

  • EPSRC NPIF Postgraduate Research Conference Travel Fund

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering has received funding from EPSRC for the enhancement of doctoral training for students who are working in areas of relevance to the Industrial Strategy and whose funding is drawn from an existing EPSRC training grant or are incorporated in an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

    In order to provide additional training opportunities that develop skills relevant to the Industrial Strategy, the Faculty has agreed to use some of this funding for a conference travel fund. This will be used to support Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) to maximise the impact of their research and to help their career development by attending national or international research conferences.

    This fund, known as the EPSRC NPIF Conference Travel Fund, enables PhD researchers in their second year or later to apply for support to attend a conference where they have been accepted to present a talk or a poster. You must be presenting or the Fund cannot support you.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must currently receive an EPSRC studentship – either DTP, CDT or iCASE – and be working in areas of relevance to the Industrial Strategy. Students who receive any other source of funding are ineligible to apply.

    Applicants must be currently registered for a doctoral degree at The University of Manchester and have been registered for at least one year, as defined by the University’s regulations. The fund may not be used by students in their first year of study, nor those in submission pending.

    The aim of this fund is to assist PGRs within the period of their doctoral programme in attending national or international conferences where they have been accepted to present their research as either a talk or a poster. The conference must relate to the Industrial Strategy and applicants will be asked to explain this on the application form.

    The Fund can assist with the costs of travel, conference registration fees and accommodation expenses (not subsistence), and are intended to supplement the applicant’s own contribution or funds from other sources.

    Maximum funds available are £250 for UK conferences and £500 for EU/international conferences.

    At the time of attending the conference, students must have been registered for a doctoral degree at the University of Manchester for at least one year as defined by the University’s regulations.

    Preference will be given to those who are giving a talk (as opposed to a poster).

    The funds should be acknowledged as 'EPSRC NPIF Conference Travel Funds'.

    Decisions will be made at the FSE Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Office meetings up until the Fund is fully allocated. Apply early as funds may be fully allocated before August.

    Deadline for submissions

    Applications may be submitted at any time, but funding must have been spent by 31 August 2019. Students are encouraged to apply early as funds may be fully allocated before August.

    Enquiries

    If you have queries regarding eligibility or other aspects of application, contact the Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Office.

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