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Postgraduate Research Teaching Associate (PGRTA) Scholarships

Hybrid scholarships with our highest funding.

With our new, fully funded PhD scheme, you don’t have to choose between starting your career or researching for a PhD – we’ll back you to study, teach and earn. Every year we’ll support UK 20 candidates to tackle areas of key research, whilst also paying them to develop their teaching experience. You’ll leave with both a PhD and PGR Teaching Associate training (PGRTA), all whilst earning a salary.

What you'll get

  • A teaching salary plus a stipend (£21,646 a year)
  • All tuition fees covered
  • Transferable skills to support your career
  • Your research guided by our leading minds

Your options:

  • 60% research / 40% teaching (5 years 10 months total)
  • 80% research / 20% teaching (4 years 5 months total)

Who we're looking for

Highly motivated, resilient UK students with the determination to succeed. We’re interested to hear from you if you’ve got a real passion for breaking new ground in your chosen subject area and think you could share that enthusiasm through your teaching.
We’d need you to have:

  • An offer for a PhD programme starting in 2022/23
  • Or be registered on a PhD programme already (from Sept 2020)
  • A 2:1 class honours undergraduate degree or higher
  • An interest in teaching and supporting students
  • The ability to engage and enthuse others
  • Strong team working skills
  • Initiative and organisational skills when working independently
  • The capacity to work flexibly to tight deadlines
  • Strong English language proficiency

It’d also be great if you had:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field at merit or equivalent
  • A proven track record of engaging with research
  • Relevant teaching or volunteering experience

Please note this scholarship is only open to UK students (or students visas that permit part-time study).

Equality, diversity, and inclusion is fundamental to our success, and 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. Therefore, 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/other roles, or with caring responsibilities, and always consider flexible study arrangements. All appointments are made on merit.

Next steps

How to apply

Find out how to submit your application online.

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To be considered for this scholarship, you need to hold an offer for a place on one of our PhD programmes.

  • Apply for a place on the PhD programme of your choice.
  • Specify in your application form that you want to be considered for the ‘PGR Teaching Associate Scholarship’ (funding section).
  • Include a written statement explaining why you’re interested in a combined research and teaching PhD, and how you match the criteria listed above.

That’s all you need to do! Your lead supervisor will then nominate candidates for consideration by the Faculty, so you’ll hear from us after that.