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Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship

Have you got the passion to work on challenging projects in a world-leading research environment? Every year we support researchers of the highest calibre with a Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • Working with the world’s brightest minds to find solutions that make a difference.
  • 3.5 years fully-funded (includes tuition at UK or international rate).
  • + Annual maintenance stipend (equivalent to the UKRI minimum).
  • + £1000 a year RTSG Transferable skills training programme.

Open to all nationalities, the Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship provides students with the chance to make a difference and become part of an innovative research community whose work changes lives.

Apply now and transform your future.

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Have submitted an application by the deadline for a PhD programme to start in September 2024.
  • Hold (or expect to achieve) a First Class or 2:1 UK honours 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.
  • Be able to demonstrate potential for academic 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.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

All appointments are made on merit.

Application process

How to apply

Find out how to submit your application online.

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  • Choose your research project and find your supervisor.
  • This scholarship works on a nomination basis so it’s important you make sure you have had significant contact with your supervisory team during the application process and that they are aware that you wish to be considered for funding.
  • Complete your application prior to the advertised funding deadline (see key dates below).
  • Specify in the funding section of your PhD application form that you wish to be considered for the Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship.
  • Each Department will be invited to nominate candidates to Faculty – if nominated you will then be invited to an interview.

Full details of how to apply for postgraduate research, where to find research projects and supervisors, and much more can be found on our postgraduate research page.

Please direct any enquiries to the relevant postgraduate research contact in each Department.

Application deadlines

Applications for this scholarship will be considered in two batches throughout the academic year, running until 31 March 2024.

  • If you apply for this scholarship before 31 January 2024 and you're nominated by your supervisor, you'll be interviewed in March and notified if you have been awarded a scholarship by 28 March 2024.
  • If you apply for this scholarship between 1 February 2024 and 31 March 2024 and you're nominated by your supervisor, you'll be interviewed in May and notified if you have been awarded a scholarship by 31 May 2024.