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. 


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

  • China Scholarship Council - Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study 2018-2019

    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


    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 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.


    • 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 from The University of Manchester. They must fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by their chosen School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency.
    • 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 30 January 2018. 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 School including CV and personal statement which will be advised by the admission officer in the School.
    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 online by 5 April 2018
    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

    30 January 2018


    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) 2018 and 2019

    The University of Manchester allocation of EPSRC DTP studentships is based on student excellence (academic record and research potential), and makes full use of the flexibility offered by the DTP. 
    For 2018/19 (and again in 2019/20) we will have approximately 53 x 3 ½ year studentships (home fee and standard RCUK stipend) available for application. At least 9 of these will be in collaboration with Industry (CASE), whereby a minimum of 3 months will be spent by the student researcher in an industrial setting co-supervised by a qualified employee of that company. 
    We will also consider a limited number of exceptional non-UK applications i.e. applicants that do not fit the RCUK residential criteria for ‘home’ student status. 
    Our selection process is straightforward and transparent. Applicants select a pre-approved project from those advertised, or may devise their own project in collaboration with a potential supervisor (subject to approval). The project approval confirms that all necessary support is in place for the work, and ensures that any strategic steer from the institute has been considered before a subject is opened for applications. Student ability then becomes the over-riding factor in awarding studentships, excepting where matched funding or CASE support is used to distinguish between students of equal ability. In this situation the project with the additional financial input would usually be supported by award of the studentship. 
    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. 
    Applications are made centrally, but the selection of successful applicants is devolved to discipline specific experts. Start here for information about funding, applications and discipline specific projects and programmes: www. Candidates are invited for interview by potential supervisory teams and a selection panel, before any offers are made. We welcome applications throughout the academic year, but the majority of DTP funded students begin their studies in September, with the studentship offers made during the early months of the year. Decisions are made as soon as possible (from the announcement of offer) although core science subjects tend to interview and offer earlier in the year than the engineering subjects. Our studentship numbers are approximately equal for engineering subjects and science subjects although there are cross-disciplinary aspects to many of our projects. 
    Broad subject breakdown 
    We have studentships available for PhD programmes in all EPSRC-themed areas: 
    Chemical Engineering 
    Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science 
    Inorganic Chemistry 
    Materials Chemistry 
    Organic Chemistry 
    Physical Chemistry 
    Computer Science 
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
    Composite Materials 
    Textile Design, Fashion and Management 
    Mathematical Sciences 
    Aerospace Engineering 
    Condensed Matter 
    Photon Physics 
    Soft Matter and Crystals 
    Theoretical Physics 
    Social Sciences 
    Molecular Biology 
    Training offered 
    In addition to an individual project, all our PhD programmes incorporate research training for early career researchers. This is widely available across the University and includes discipline-focused training as well as generic skills illustrated with discipline-specific examples. 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 meet their needs. 
    Finally, we are committed to support for early careers researchers and as such 10% of the DTP will be used to fund the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prizes. These are fellowship awards which are open to all EPSRC-funded researchers who have submitted their PhD thesis within 6 months of the start of the prize.
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2018

    The University of Manchester's President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Awards) are open to all nationalities and research areas.

    Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from September/October 2018. We aim to award at least 40 scholarships as part of our 2018 PhD recruitment round, which may include a number of collaborating schemes such as:

    • 2018 Faculty PhD Studentships (also called Dean's award)
    • BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Awards
    • EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Awards
    • Alumni 'Research Impact' Studentships

    Based on the academic track-record of applicants, and evidence of research potential, we will select our Presidential Scholars from the various applicants across our 2018 funding schemes. For this reason, PhD projects will not be specifically listed as offering PDS Awards at this stage. Instead, our most outstanding applicants will receive confirmation of their PDS Awards status alongside confirmation of their PhD place and funding.

    PDS Awards status will entitle our successful candidates to a further £1,000 enhancement to their funded stipend/living allowance. They will also benefit from:

    • a series of exclusive events where you will have the opportunity to meet the University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students.
    • international research leadership under distinguished scholars.
    • becoming a PDS Awards ambassador for the University.
    • receiving a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation.
    • our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.


    Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a Masters-level qualification at merit or distinction (or equivalent). They should also have a track-record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes/accolades for previous research work, setting up research collaborations with other groups etc.

    How to apply

    Applications for PDS Award funding are open across the Faculty. Full details of our research programmes can be found on the main Faculty website:

    or University website:

    This page also has links to our application processes. It would be helpful if your application can be clear as to what sources of funding you may have available to you or may also be applying to as some of the awards will be held in conjunction with other scholarships/monies.

    You would need to be nominated for the President's Doctoral Scholar Award by the School to which you are applying (e.g. Electrical & Electronic Engineering). There is not a separate application form to complete for the Award, you should simply mention the PDS Award to the School during the application process (e.g. the funding section of the application form or by email to the admissions office). The School may need to get certain pieces of information from you if they are nominating you for the award later in the process. They will also need to have decided that they can make an offer of a place to you.

    The next deadline date for nominations is expected to be 5 December 2018 but you should be in contact with the School in advance of this as they have various processes to follow (we would normally recommend first contact by mid November at the latest).

    Any enquiries on PDS Awards funding within the Faculty of Science and Engineering should be directed to the FSE Graduate Education Office at

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  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2018/19

    EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2018/19

    Application Deadline:  Monday 06 August 2018 at 12 noon

    It is expected that interviews will take place in the last week of August 2018.

    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.



    • 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 2017/18, 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 06 August 2018 at 12 noon.

    Full applications, including application form and a letter of support from the Head of School where the EPSRC Doctoral Prize research will be carried out should be returned by e-mail to 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.   


    If you have any queries regarding the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme please contact the Teachling Learning and Student Experience Office; +44 (0)161 306 8889. 

    Application Form 

    Head of School Letter of Support

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