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Funding opportunities for PhD study

In addition to our funded PhD programmes, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health provides a range of funding options from internal and external sources for our postgraduate research applicants.

UK/EU studentships

Each year, we have a number of studentships on offer to eligible UK/EU applicants.

These studentships are:

  • funded by awards from UK research councils (ie BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, ESRC, AHRC), plus some charities;
  • linked to specific PhD projects within the laboratories of named supervisors.

We also offer CASE studentships, backed by an industrial sponsor.

In addition we can occasionally provide a stipend bursary for excellent EU students who do not meet the full eligibility criteria set by the research councils. This will be discussed at interview.

President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards

The Faculty offers the opportunity for UK/EU offer holders to apply for a recognition award via the PDS scheme each year.

These recognition awards give successful applicants ‘PDS’ status plus a £1,000pa stipend enhancement.

Successful PDS Award holders will have the opportunity to:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you can meet The University of Manchester's President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS Awards ambassador for the University;
  • receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Criteria

Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a master's-level qualification at merit or distinction. They should ideally have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for previous research or project work.

How to apply

Applicants from the UK/EU must hold an offer of a place on a funded PhD programme in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

Once you have been made an offer of a studentship (ie BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF) we will send you and your supervisor information on how to apply for the PDS recognition award.

More information

Enquiries regarding PDS Awards within the Faculty should be directed to the scheme coordinator, Jessica Bowler.

To find out more, visit the President's Doctoral Scholar Award website.

International funding opportunities

Doctoral Academy Research Scholarships

The Doctoral Academy has a number of research scholarships available for PhD study across the Faculty.

They are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement and vary in value, depending on the candidate's requirements and background.

Applicants for a Research Scholarship should generally be able to fund a proportion of the required tuition fees and living expenses and clearly outline other sources of secured funding in their application.

How to apply

Applicants must first submit an online PhD application for a self-funded PhD project in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health commencing in September 2017 onwards (you can search for projects in our database).

You will then need to download and complete a Scholarship/PDS application form (Doc, 60KB). 

The application form should be submitted to admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk.

Please note: The first round of applications has now closed and offers of funding have been made. We are accepting applications for a second (and final) round of funding. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 28 April 2017 in order to be considered.

 

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards

The Faculty's PDS Awards will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD opportunities. These prestigious awards are open to all nationalities and research areas. We aim to award 20 to 25 scholarships per year. 

The awards are normally made to partially cover fees and/or living expenses. As such, they require applicants who are able to partially fund their studies through other routes (personal funds, scholarship, or similar). 

Due to the high volume of applications for these awards, we are not typically able to offer any full scholarships.

Successful PDS Award holders will have the opportunity to:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you can meet The University of Manchester's President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS Awards ambassador for the University;
  • receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Criteria

Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a master's-level qualification at merit or distinction. They should ideally have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for previous research or project work.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017/18. Information on awards available for entry in September 2018 will be available shortly.

More information

Enquiries regarding PDS Awards within the Faculty should be directed to the scheme coordinator, Jessica Bowler.

Email jessica.bowler@manchester.ac.uk

To find out more, please visit the President's Doctoral Scholar Award website.

External international funding

The list below is a summary of the most frequent sponsors of PhD students to our Faculty.

If you are unsure whether there are any scholarship opportunities that apply to your country, please contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team at admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk.

Brazil - Science without Borders

The Faculty is keen to support Brazilian applicants looking to undertake full PhD programmes or short-term PhD visits.

There is more information on how to apply on the University's Brazil page for Science without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras).

Chinese Scholarship Council

Please note: Applications for the 2017 scheme have now closed. Information will be posted here shortly about the 2018 scheme.

The Faculty is pleased to announce that there will be six tuition fee-waivers for Chinese students who are applying through the joint scheme with the University of Manchester and China Scholarship Council (CSC).

The deadline for applications is Monday, 30 January 2017. Candidates will need to hold an offer for PhD study from September 2017 onwards. They must also meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • Overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year).
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
  • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by the University, including a high level of English language proficiency, as outlined on the University's website.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

Further information regarding the scheme can be found on the country-specific page for China.

The CSC agreement will only cover projects set at our lowest band fees (Stand or Band 1). Band fee information can be found alongside the project details in the project search tool.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, please see our CSC page or email admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk.

Chile - CONICYT Scholarships

The Faculty is able to consider applications from students applying for CONICYT scholarships.

Previously, the scholarship has been able to fund fees and stipends for up to 48 months.

If you hold or are applying for a CONICYT scholarship and require more information, please email admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk for more details.

Further details are available on the CONICYT website.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission has scholarships opportunities to study in the UK. These awards are open to students from Developed Commonwealth Countries and Developing Commonwealth Countries.

Please ensure you submit your online application in plenty of time ahead of the deadline to enable us to process it. We cannot send offer letters until your PhD application has been fully assessed and a formal interview has taken place.

The deadline for applications is typically November for a September start date in the following year. Funding is currently limited to 36 months.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is now accepting applications for students beginning their PhD studies in September 2017. These awards cover tuition fees and stipend. Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for information on how to apply.

Currently, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is only promoting scholarships for citizens from developing Commonwealth countries. Please see this list to see if your country is eligible. 

Indonesian LPDP Scholarships

The Faculty has previously been able to consider applicants applying through the LPDP scholarship scheme. These awards are only open to Indonesian nationals who fulfil a set of criteria that is available to view on the LPDP website.

This award would pay tuition fees, stipend and other expenses of PhD study.

Iranian Scholarships

The Faculty is able to consider applicants from Iran who have secured funding from (or are applying to) the Ministry of Science in Iran.

We are able to tailor a study programme that may include pre-sessional English courses, depending upon your level of proficiency in English.

Iraqi Scholarships

The Faculty is able to consider applicants from Iraq who have secured funding from (or are applying to) the Iraq Government for a scholarship.

We are able to tailor a study programme that may include pre-sessional English courses, depending upon your level of proficiency in English.

Malaysian Scholarships

The Faculty has previously welcomed many Malaysian postgraduate research students funded through JPA and MARA scholarships.

Mexico - CONACyT Scholarships

The Faculty is able to consider applications from Mexican students applying for CONACyT scholarships.

Previously, the application period has extended to the June preceding a September start date. The scholarship has been able to fund fees and stipends for up to 48 months.

Please visit the CONACyT website for further details.

Nigerian Scholarships

Although Nigerian applicants are eligible to be considered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (please see above) we have also considered applicants through other scholarship schemes in the past.

PRESSID (Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development)

Candidates must have a First degree classification to be eligible to apply. The award would cover fees and stipend. 2015/16 has a successful application list of 102 candidates. Further information can be found on the National Universities Commission website.

PTDF (Petroleum Technology Development Fund)

This has previously funded students applying for Environmental Biology PhD programmes. More details on how to apply for this scholarship can be found on the PTDF website.

Royal Thai Government Scholarships

The Royal Thai Government offers Thai students the opportunity to apply for a Thai Government Scholarship.

The scholarships are normally available for students in the last year of their bachelor degree or who are currently studying a master's or a PhD.

Funding duration will typically extend to three years only. The Faculty is able to consider such students applying for these scholarships.