President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2017

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 2017. We aim to award at least 40 scholarships as part of our 2017 PhD recruitment round, which may include a number of collaborating schemes such as:

  • 2017 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 2017 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 2016 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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