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EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2022/23

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, where appropriate, host the project in their lab and act as line manager), 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 appointed to Grade 6 point 29 (£33,309 per annum) on the UoM salary scale. 

Award duration

Awards of up to 12 months are available to successful candidates.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must have been funded for their PhD by the EPSRC in the form of fees and/or stipend.
  • The proposed project must be within the EPSRC remit.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to remaining in academia.
  • Candidates must have submitted their PhD thesis no more than 6 months before commencing the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship (e.g. 31 March 2022 submission date for a 1 October 2022 start date).
  • Although candidates are not required to have submitted their thesis prior to application, successful applicants must have submitted their PhD thesis before they can start to receive EPSRC Doctoral Prize funding (e.g. in order to start at the latest start date for 2022/23 you have to have an expected submission date of 31 July 2023). They may commence their Fellowship while awaiting viva, but may have their Fellowship withdrawn if they subsequently achieve a result lower than Aii at first viva examination.

How to apply

The University of Manchester is now accepting applications from PhD researchers for EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2022/23, 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). 

Full applications, including application form, data monitoring 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

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.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: Friday 26 August 2022
  • Interviews: September 2022
  • Project start date: October 1 2022 – January 31 2023 and April 1 2023 - July 31 2023


If you have any queries regarding the University’s EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme please contact the Postgraduate Research Services Team (