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EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships 2021/22

Recruitment to the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship will be conducted in two phases this year, so that students receiving extensions due to COVID-19 may also apply. Please see an indicative timetable for each phase below.

PhaseApplication DeadlineInterviewsProject start date
1 Friday 30th July 2021

August 2021 (exact date TBC)

September 1st 2021 – January 31st 2022

Friday 28thJanuary 2022

February 2022 (exact date TBC) 1st April – 31st July 2022

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 2021/22, 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). Applicants must include a work plan that takes into account the impact of COVID 19 on the project deliverables.

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 6 months before commencing the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship.

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 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 Postgraduate Research Services Team (; +44 (0)161 306 8694).