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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.

For UK/EU students

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 (i.e. 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.

For a list of available PhD studentships, look at our projects database and search for opportunities that are funded and open to UK/EU applicants.

Other financial support

You may be eligible for the government's Doctoral Loan for course fees and living costs.

MPhil students may qualify for the Manchester Master's Bursary.

For international students

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.

China Scholarship Council

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).

You will need to hold an offer for PhD study from September 2020 onwards before you apply for a scholarship. The current deadline for applications to Manchester is 15 January 2020.

This deadline is subject to change depending on the deadline set by the CSC for their part of the application process.

For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit our China Scholarship Council scheme page.

General information about the scholarship scheme can be found on the University's country-specific page for China.

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. 

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.

Please visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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.

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.