Funding for PhD students for September 2016 entry
The School's postgraduate community is one of the largest and most diverse and dynamic postgraduate communities in the UK, and is committed to supporting financially the best qualified applicants. Funding your programme will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate research degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better.
Each year the School awards approximately £800,000 in studentships and bursaries for doctoral study. There are a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and International students at PhD level.
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is committed to helping students find ways of meeting the financial commitments of doctoral study.
Funding is available from various sources:
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- AHRC Doctoral Studentships - North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)
- AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Studies
- School Awards for PhD students
- EPSRC Doctoral Scholarships
- Research Impact PhD Scholarships
- Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships
- PhD Studentship at the John Rylands Research Institute
President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition
The University of Manchester is proud to announce the continuation of the President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards. These prestigious awards are open to all new students of all nationalities and research areas.
Benefits to be enjoyed by PDS award-holders will include opportunities to:
- Be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you will have the opportunity to meet the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS students.
- Become a PDS ambassador for the University
- Benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for research students.
- Receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
For further information, please see the links below:
All PDS applications must be received by the School by 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 22 January 2016.
You must complete the PDS Application Form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, in order to apply for the PDS Awards, you must submit an application for AHRC or ESRC funding, if eligible, by the stated deadlines.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The University of Manchester is a member of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training College (DTC). The North West DTC receives the largest number of ESRC PhD studentships in England. UK and EU students intending to take a PhD degree (+3) or an MA followed by a PhD (1+3) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the ESRC. Applicants working within various pathways are eligible for awards. Successful applicants will benefit from joint training provision with the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool. The relevant pathways are:
- Middle Eastern Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Latin American Cultural Studies
- Russian and East European Studies
All ESRC applications must be received by Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, by 5pm, Monday 1 February 2016. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.
Further information, including the application form, can be found here:
You must complete the ESRC application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh at the following: email@example.com
You will be informed of the outcome of your ESRC application by Friday 25 March 2016.
Please note that you must submit your complete online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 15 January 2016. This is to ensure you are in receipt of an offer of a place by when the NWDTC committee make their selection. If you do not have an offer in place by the time the NWDTC committee meet, you will not be included in the competition.
Language Based Area Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Russian and East European Studies
- Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
- Economic and Social History
- Chinese Studies
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Competition
AHRC Doctoral Studentships
North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)
The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) brings together The University of Manchester, Keele University, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, and University of Salford.
The North West Consortium DTP is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for 2016-17.
Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:
- Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.
- Annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 (2015/16 rate)
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures expects to have a number of studentships available for UK and EU students in the following pathways:
- Religions and Theology (incl. Biblical studies; Buddhist studies; Christian theology and related studies; Hinduism; Islamic studies; Jewish studies; Religion in relation to society, culture or philosophy; South Asian studies in religion)
- Creative Writing
- Media and Communication (any student with a focus on film, media and communication can apply under this pathway; Subject Areas involved in this pathway include inter alia: English and American Studies; Drama; Modern Languages; Art History and Visual Studies; and History
- Dance, Drama and Performing Arts
- Art History
- Museum Studies
- Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American Studies)
- Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian
- Translation Studies
- Cultural Studies (incorporates many other disciplines, such as Italian Studies, English Studies, Modern Languages, Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies, Translation Studies, History, Art History, Classics, Linguistics, Drama, Music, Religions and Theology; projects must focus on the study of culture and cultural production)
Any student with a research project in the research areas of a pathway may apply, regardless of the PhD programme they will be registered on.
Successful students may be co-supervised across institutions or between Subject Areas within the University of Manchester.
In addition to studentships for doctoral study (+3 scheme), we also welcome applications from students wishing to undertake an eligible Master’s programme in preparation for progression onto a doctoral programme (1+3 scheme). Please consult the NWCDTP guidance on which MA programmes are eligible.
Whilst we expect to make awards in the above areas, please note that all studentships are subject to confirmation by the AHRC.
Candidates must apply for a place on the programme on which they wish to study by 22 January 2016 in order to be eligible for funding from the NWCDTP. UK and EU students intending to take a research degree (PhD) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. AHRC awards are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students.
Due to AHRC funding rules, International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.
Eligible applicants must complete and submit the NWCDTP Funding Application Form by 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition. The completed AHRC application form, together with your transcripts and references, must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 22 January 2016.
Please also note that candidates must apply to only one of our institutions for NWCDTP funding.
Deadline for PhD Programme Applications: Friday 22 January 2016
Deadline for AHRC Funding Applications: 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 15 April 2016 at the latest.
AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Studies
The University of Manchester is a member of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Cultures (CEELBAS CDT). The Centre is led by University College London (UCL) and, alongside Manchester, also includes Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
The CEELBAS CDT is currently able to award AHRC Doctoral Studentships to candidates who have been offered a place on a relevant PhD programme at Manchester. Applications from candidates who have been offered a place to start a doctoral programme in September 2016 are now welcomed.
The deadline for AHRC Studentship applications, to be offered by the CEELBAS CDT, is 4pm, Tuesday 1 March 2016. This is the deadline by which the application form must be submitted to the CEELBAS Administrator: email@example.com.
Please note that to be eligible to apply for a CEELBAS AHRC Studentship you must have applied for a place on the PhD programme in either Russian Studies or Polish Studies at the University of Manchester. The deadline for the PhD Programme applications is Friday 22 January 2016 (for an offer of a place on a PhD programme at the University of Manchester).
Applicants with projects on cultures, histories and societies of other East European countries are also eligible for funding and should apply to the PhD in Russian Studies.
To apply for a place on a PhD programme, please go to How to apply.
Please note that in order to apply for a CEELBAS AHRC Studentship you need to fill the CEELBAS AHRC Application Form:
Value and Timeframe of the Studentship
The Studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend at standard UK Research Council rates. The Studentship will be normally offered for a period of three years (five years part-time).
In line with UK Research Council regulations, to be eligible for a full award (fees and maintenance stipend), you must have:
- Settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
- Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the date of application for an award. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
- Not been residing in the UK during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.
To be eligible for a fees only award, you:
- Must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
For inquiries about the academic side of your application, please contact Professor Vera Tolz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School Awards for PhD students
The School offers a number of Graduate Scholarships. These awards cover Home/EU tuition fees and provide a maintenance stipend equivalent to that of the RCUK studentships. They are open to all new students of all nationalities and research areas within the School.
School Funding applications must be received by the School by 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016.
Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 22 January 2016.
You must complete the School Funding Application Form and submit it to Mrs Joanne Marsh , Graduate School Senior Research Administrator. The references and transcripts you submit for your programme application will also be used for the School Funding application.
The School also offers a variety of bursaries for students in certain subject areas.
EPSRC Doctoral Scholarships
The Faculty of Humanities is offering 3 full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing a PhD programme in September 2016. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £14,300 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG).
Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend of up to £17,000 per year.
The proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follow:
- Digital economy
- Energy Engineering
- Global uncertainties
- Healthcare technologies
- Information and communication technologies (ICT)
- Living with environmental change
- Manufacturing the future
- Mathematical sciences
- Physical sciences
- Quantum technologies
- Research infrastructure
Candidates should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research themes and sub-themes.
The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
Candidates must have an Upper Second class honours degree or above and a master’s degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. Additionally, they are expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.
Depending on the candidates’ residential eligibility, awards can be made as full studentship or tuition fee only studentship.
How to apply
Candidates must have applied for a place on the PhD programme on which they wish to study.
Your completed application should include:
- Standard postgraduate application form, submitted online
- Research proposal of maximum 1500 words (excluding references),
- A separate statement of fit to the EPSRC research themes of maximum 250 words
- Two academic references
- Transcripts and certificates for all previous degree level qualifications
- Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
Please ensure you attach all relevant documentation, including references, as applications that are incomplete by the closing date will not be accepted.
For general guidance, please contact: email@example.com
Research Impact PhD Scholarships 2016
PhD scholarships are available in the Faculty of Humanities for recent graduates of The University of Manchester commencing their doctoral programme in the academic year 2016-17.
The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donations to The University of Manchester.
The scholarships are for three years and cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend.
- Applicants must be currently studying at, or have graduated from, The University of Manchester within the last 4 years
- Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status
- Students who have already started their PhD programme are not eligible
- The proposed research project must be related to the Research Impact priority research theme(s):
- Energy and Sustainability
- Enterprise and Innovation
- Prevention and Screening for a Healthy Future
- Global Poverty and Humanitarian Assistance
Further details of the themes can be found here: Research Impact priority research themes.
- To apply for the Research Impact Scholarship, please complete the Application Form.
The application submission deadline will be published here shortly.
Application forms should be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies
The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation have launched a new five-year grant programme designed to support the development of Japanese Studies in the UK. Applications are invited for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentships.
The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only. Award holders are welcome to reapply for the studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.
- Any full-time PhD student (offer holders and current PhD students), whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan for which the University can provide adequate supervision may apply.
- Applicants may be of any nationality.
- Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PhD programme by the scholarship application deadline.
- Current students who have already accepted full scholarships for September 2016 entry, or are already in receipt of a full scholarship, are ineligible.
1. Deadline for PhD Applications: 22 January 2016
2. Deadline for Sasakawa Studentship Applications: 12 February 2016
Current Manchester PhD students only:
- By 5pm, 12 February 2016: a complete Scholarship Form, including a CV and a research proposal, should be submitted to email@example.com.
Please contact Dr Baffelli at the above email address to request the Scholarship Application Form.
Notification of Results:
A list of nominees will be selected by the Selection Committee and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which will decide all finalist awardees. Nominated candidates will be notified by the end of March 2016. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2016.
For an application form and informal enquiries, please contact Dr Erica Baffelli:firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their preferred doctoral supervisor before applying, to discuss their application.
Details of the academic staff are here:
Contact for academic questions:
Professor Hilary Owen (email@example.com).
PhD Studentship at the John Rylands Research Institute (JRRI)
The John Rylands Research Institute PhD Studentship will focus on an aspect of the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding Special Collections and the Institute’s priority areas within the Special Collections. You must have a very good first degree (at least a high 2:i) and an MA at Merit level, or higher (or the overseas equivalent), in a field relevant to the Special Collections with which you wish to work. Fluent written and spoken English is essential, while knowledge of other languages relating to the Special Collections is desirable.
To apply for the JRRI studentship, you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 22 January 2016. You must indicate in the ‘Funding’ section of the online application form that you wish to be considered for the JRRI studentship.
If you are eligible, you are also expected to apply to the (AHRC’s) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnerships studentship competition. This is because there is the possibility of co-funding. You should indicate on your NWCDTP application that you are also applying for the JRRI studentship.
The deadline for the AHRC funding competition is 5pm, Friday 12 February 2016.
PhD studentships and bursaries are now available for 2016/17