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President’s Doctoral Scholar award

The University of Manchester offers more than 100 studentships every year through the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award scheme, launched by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

The PDS Award will give the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects.

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Recognition Award

The Faculty offers the opportunity for offer holders in receipt of a full studentship/scholarship to apply for a recognition award via the PDS scheme each year. Please note you cannot apply for a PDS award if you are a current student. As per the Faculty international recruitment strategy, priority will be given to the most outstanding international (non-UK/EU) candidates.

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.

Key dates

Applications for 2020 projects are now open.

Application deadline: 27 February 2020

More information

Enquiries regarding PDS Awards within the Faculty should be directed to admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk

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

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Full Award

The PDS Awards will be allocated to our most outstanding international (non UK/EU) candidates seeking PhD opportunities and are open to all nationalities and research areas.

Criteria

In order to be considered for this award, candidates must meet all of the following criteria in order to be considered:

  • hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD programme to commence in September 2020;
  • hold (or are about to obtain) a first class honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution;
  • ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
  • have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work;
  • be interested in attending a series of exclusive events to facilitate interactions with our academic community and network with other PDS award holders.

We will only consider applications for these full scholarships once you are in receipt of a formal offer. Application forms will be provided to the Primary Supervisor following the issue of an offer letter to the candidate for a PhD programme.

Funding

The 3-year fully-funded scholarships will cover:

  • all university tuition fees at the international rate;
  • an annual maintenance stipend at £15,000 per annum.

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.

How to apply

If you wish to be considered, you must first follow all the usual admissions processes and be in receipt of a conditional/unconditional PhD offer. As such, we ask that online PhD applications are submitted by 27 February 2020 to enable review, interview and supervisor selection.

On your application form in the funding section, state that you intend to apply for a PDS Award. See information on potential projects and supervisors and information on how to submit an online PhD application.

Once you have been interviewed and offered a PhD place, you will then work with your Primary Supervisor to complete the PDS application form, which needs to be submitted to the Faculty Doctoral Academy by 27 March 2020.

All PDS applications will be reviewed internally and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed before final offers on funding are made interviews are expected to take place in early May 2020. We will award three fully-funded scholarships – one per School within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.