Funding for PhD students
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 studies will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better.
Each year the School awards approximately £800,000 in studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study. There are a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and Overseas students at PhD level.
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is committed to helping students find ways of meeting the financial commitments of postgraduate study. Please note that all of our postgraduate programmes are available on a full-time or part-time basis.
Funding is available from various sources:
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:
- Language Based Area Studies, including PhD studentships in:
- Middle Eastern Studies
- East Asian Studies
-Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Russian and East European Studies
- Development and Humanitarianism (for HCRI applicants)
All ESRC applications must be received by Joanne Marsh, Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, by 5pm Monday 2 February 2015. 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:
- Northwest Doctoral Training Centre [link opens in new window]
You must complete the ESRC application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh at the following address: email@example.com
You will be informed of the outcome of your ESRC application by 27 March 2015.
Please note that you are advised to submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 16 January 2015. This will ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on your chosen PhD programme in advance of the ESRC deadline of 5pm, Monday 2 February 2015.
- - East Asian Studies
- - Middle Eastern Studies
- - Russian and East European Studies
- - Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American 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 2015-16 entry.
Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:
- Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.
- Annual maintenance grant of £13,863 (2014/15 rate)
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures expects to have a number of studentships available for UK and EU students starting a PhD programme in September 2015, 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. Please consult with your prospective supervisor about which pathway is the most suitable for your research project.
Successful students may be co-supervised across institutions or between Subject Areas within the University of Manchester.
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 23 January 2015 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 overseas students are not eligible to apply for these awards.
Eligible applicants must complete and submit the NWCDTP funding application by 5pm, Friday 13February 2015. 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, Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, by the above deadline.
Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 23 January 2015.
Please also note that candidates must apply to only one of our institutions for NWCDTP funding.
Deadline for PhD Programme Applications: 23 January 2015
Deadline for AHRC Funding Applications: 13 February 2015 - 5pm GMT
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13 April 2015 at the latest.
AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Studies - This competition is now closed
The University of Manchester is a member of the new 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. The application window for candidates who have been offered a place to start research in September 2014 is now open.
The deadline for AHRC Studentship applications, to be offered by the CEELBAS CDT, is Monday 3 March 2014. Please note that to be eligible to apply for a Studentship you must have already been offered a place on a PhD programme by the University of Manchester. To ensure that you are holding an offer of a place by the AHRC closing date, you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme no later than Friday 31 January 2014.
To apply for a place on a PhD programme, please go to How to apply
Application deadlines: 31 January 2014 (for an offer of a place on a PhD programme at the University of Manchester); 3 March 2014 (for an AHRC studentship at the CEELBAS CDT)
- AHRC application form
- AHRC application guidelines
- Full application guidelines and further details about the Studentships and the CDT
The CEELBAS contact at the University of Manchester is Carole Douguedroit-Arrowsmith
John Rylands Research Institute Scholarships - This competition is now closed
The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to offer two three-year PhD scholarships, which will focus on an aspect of the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding Special Collections. The candidate must have a very good first degree (at least a high 2i) and an MA at Merit, or higher, in a field relevant to the Special Collections with which he or she wishes to work. Fluent written and spoken English is essential, while knowledge of other languages relating to the Special Collections is desirable.
The candidate will be affiliated to the John Rylands Research Institute, but is also expected to take part in graduate activities of the department within which his or her subject falls. He or she will be expected to identify and approach a supervisor, following which a panel will be selected depending on the subject area. The candidate will also work in close collaboration with other colleagues at the Institute.
The topic of the PhD dissertation must relate to the Special Collections. The following priority areas have been identified for 2014/15:
Revolutions in Print
- World-leading collections of early printed books, illustrating the transition from manuscript to print, covering all major presses and centres of book production; outstanding collection of Aldines; also xylographic printing.
- Internationally significant collections of proclamations, broadsides, journals, monographs regarding the French Revolution.
- Internationally significant collections of printed books relating to the Protestant Reformation.
- Revolutions in the transmission of art and visual culture from drawings, paintings and illuminations to visual print culture (relief, intaglio, planographic and screen printing) and photography.
Science and Medicine
- Major archives relating to 19th-century chemistry and physics, e.g. John Dalton, Edward Frankland, James Joule, Henry Roscoe, Arthur Schuster.
- Major archives relating to 20th-century technological innovations, such as the National Archive for the History of Computing, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory Archive.
- Internationally significant printed collections relating to the history of medicine, 16th–20th centuries.
- Nationally significant collections relating to medical illustration, e.g. Thomas Radford anatomical drawings.
- World-leading archive and print collections relating to the development of Methodism in Britain and the Americas.
- Nationally/internationally significant archive and print collections relating to other denominations and groups, e.g. Brethren, Unitarians, Congregationalists, Baptists.
- World-leading collections of Bibles, with printed Bibles in over 400 languages, and hymns, with John Rylands’s collection of over 50,000 hymns.
- Internationally significant collections of sacred texts, liturgies, devotional literature, etc., relating to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and other faiths.
You must first approach and obtain approval from your proposed supervisor, detailing a project that will utilise the Special Collections. You must then apply to the PhD programme of the department within which your proposed subject falls, using the University’s online application form. This must include the standard supporting documentation: research proposal; academic references; transcripts; degree certificate(s); English language test certificate (where applicable). Please indicate on the online application form (under the heading ‘Funding’) that you would like to be considered for this scholarship. You will be asked to submit a research proposal of no more than 1000 words (the word-count to include footnotes but exclude bibliography), detailing how you would approach your research topic.
For general guidance, please contact the Institute’s research administrator, Miss Carla Liburd: firstname.lastname@example.org. For subject specific guidance, please contact the relevant curator or supervisor.
The award will cover Home/EU fees and maintenance of £13,863 (in line with the AHRC) for the academic year 2014/15, starting in September 2014.
Deadline for applications: 13 June 2014.
President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition - This competition is now closed
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
- 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 Friday 21 February 2014. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 31 January 2014. This will ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on a PhD programme in advance of the Friday 21 February 2014 deadline.
You must complete the application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh , the Graduate School Senior Research Administrator.
School awards for PhD students - This competition is now closed
In addition to Research Council funding and the PDS awards, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offers a number of Graduate Scholarships and fee bursaries. These School awards often come with the opportunity to teach or assist in research-related activities. These awards are open to both Home/EU and Overseas students. The awards are usually for three years full time or six years part time (subject to satisfactory progress) for new starters.
School Funding applications must be received by the School by Friday 21 February 2014. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 31 January 2014. This will ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on a PhD programme in advance of the Friday 21 February 2014 deadline.
You must complete the application form and submit this to Mrs Joanne Marsh , the Graduate School Senior Research Administrator. The references and transcripts you submit for your programme application will also be used for the School Funding application.
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships - This competition is now closed
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 Studentship Programme.
The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only. Award holders will be welcomed to reapply for this studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.
- Any full-time PhD student (new admissions 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 2014 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship are ineligible.
Scholarship Application Deadline and Procedures
- By 29 February 2014 applicants should submit a CV and research proposal (up to 1500 words) to email@example.com.
- By 15 March 2014 selected candidates will be invited to submit a completed Scholarship application form and an application form for a place on the PhD programme (unless already submitted).
Current Manchester PhD students only:
- By 15th March 2014 a complete Scholarship Form, including a CV and a research proposal, should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Erica Baffelli: email@example.com.