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Faculty of Science and Engineering

President’s Doctoral Scholarship

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers funding through the President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award scheme, launched by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and across all research disciplines, and will be of interest to students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in a world leading research environment.

Funding Details

  • 3.5 year fully-funded studentship.
  • Tuition fees at home or international rate.
  • Annual maintenance stipend equivalent to UKRI minimum stipend.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be considered for this award you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid academic offer to start a PhD programme in September 2022.
  • Hold (or be about to obtain) a first class honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent).
  • Ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent).
  • Have some research related experience. This may include undergraduate projects, placements, internships, contributions to publications/articles, promoting research to a wider audience, prizes for previous work or setting up collaborations with other groups.
  • Be able to demonstrate involvement in broader activities e.g. outreach, volunteering, community engagement, engagement in EDIA and other extra-curricular activities.

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.

How to apply

PDS Awards work on a nomination basis, the lead supervisor will consider you for nomination and will support you through the process. Therefore it is important that you have had significant contact with the supervisory team during the application process and that they are aware that you wish to be considered for University of Manchester funding.

In order to be considered, applicants must hold an academic offer for a place on one of our PhD programmes. It is therefore essential that you apply for a place on the PhD programme of your choice as early as possible and that you specify in the funding section that you wish to be considered for UoM funding. Full details of our research projects can be found on the relevant department webpages as well as information on how to apply for our PhD programmes.

Key Dates

  • Faculty nomination deadline Friday 11 February 2022.
  • Faculty interviews will be held between Thursday 17 – Thursday 24 February 2022.
  • Application deadlines may vary across departments, for specific departmental deadlines please contact the department.