Postgraduate research funding

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, we award over £1 million in studentships and bursaries for doctoral study. There is a range of awards on offer for both home/EU and international students at PhD level. 

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Lincoln International Doctoral Studentship/Mark Gibbs Studentship - Religions and Theology

Type of award

Studentship

Managing department

  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Value

To the maximum of international PhD fees payable (in 2021, £19,500 a year) together with an annual stipend of £15,000.

Specified use

Fee Bursary.

Tenable period

The award is tenable for three years from September 2021, subject to satisfactory progress.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There will be 1 studentship available.

Fund provider

This award is internal.

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Religions and Theology

Academic requirements

Any prospective international student with

  • A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
  • A UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in Religions and Theology or a related subject.
  • Any strong, relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to international students.

Other eligibility criteria

This funding is available to an international student undertaking study in the theological understanding of the church's mission, broadly understood.

The research areas supported by the Lincoln Theological Institute are the theological study of religion and society and theological research into a variety of ethical, pastoral, social and ecclesial issues. For information on the interests of the Lincoln Theological Institute, please visit: http://lincolntheologicalinstitute.com/lti

The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Peter Scott, Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute.

Application procedure

You should apply online for a place on the PhD programme in Religions and Theology in the usual way, by 5 PM GMT on Friday 26 February 2021.

You must also submit:

1.    an up-to-date CV;

2.    a brief statement (maximum 500 words) setting out how the research meets the aims of the Studentship (see above under Subject Restrictions) and the research interests Lincoln Theological Institute http://lincolntheologicalinstitute.com/lti

These documents should be e mailed directly to Professor Peter Scott, Director, Lincoln Theological Institute, peter.scott@manchester.ac.uk by e mail attachment by 5 PM GMT on Friday 26 March 2021.

Application form

  • https://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/applying/

Selection criteria

Please see above regarding application procedure.

Selection body

The Lincoln Theological Institute

Closing date

26 Feb 2021

Informal enquiries regarding the Studentship may be addressed to the Director. Prospective applicants are warmly encouraged to contact the Director peter.scott@manchester.ac.uk as they prepare their application.

Decision date

April 2021

Additional information

Nationality restrictions

Although this funding is available to all nationalities, preference will be given to those applying from countries in the Global South.

Contact details for enquiries

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and The People's History Museum Fully-Funded Phd Studentship

Type of award

Studentship

Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Value

The studentship will cover tuition fees up to the Home rate (£4,407 in 2020/21; exact rate for 2021/22 subject to confirmation from UKRI). The University of Manchester is committed to cover the remaining fees should an international student be the successful candidate.

A maintenance grant of £15,283 for the academic year 2020-21 (the level of the grant for 2021-22 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC).

Specified use

Tuition fees and living expenses

Tenable period

3.5 years

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is one studentship available

Fund provider

This award is internal.

AHRC and The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

Full-time

Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

History

English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing

Project Description

‘Total Liberation’: Feminism, Socialism and Red Rag (1972-1980)

‘We are in no mood’, stated the first editorial of British feminist-socialist periodical Red Rag: a Magazine of Liberation (1972-1980), ‘to wait for socialism to bring us liberation.’ Red Rag brought together and shaped leading post-war feminists, and provided cutting-edge analysis of key issues around gender, class and sexuality, but has been overlooked by historians. This fully-funded PhD project, run in collaboration between the University of Manchester and the People’s History Museum, seeks to fill that gap. The project challenges the usual parameters of labour and feminist history respectively by grappling with the particularly close relationship between socialism and second wave feminism in Britain. The project contends that the various positions and debates in Red Rag not only anticipated later feminist works, but remain instructive for radical social movements now. The key questions posed by the PhD thesis will be: what was Red Rag?; how did it respond to its moment?; and, why does it matter, now?

Reflecting the research methodologies of the supervisory team and the pedagogical ethos of the PHM—an institution which promotes learning as social change—the project therefore links past and present. It integrates: theoretical analysis of questions of gender, capital and class; periodical analysis (close reading of the context, form and content of Red Rag and its articles, pictures, poems and stories); and empirical historiography (analysis of documents detailing the journal’s production, distribution and reception). The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC) at the PHM holds the unique primary sources necessary to cast light on these relationships, including a complete run of Red Rag and related periodicals (Women Today and Tomorrow, Marxism Today, The Link).  The PhD student will spend on average four days a month in the PHM. In addition to writing a PhD thesis, they will conduct various tasks related to cataloguing and promoting the PHM’s holdings in feminist history, benefitting from expert training in archival research, digitization, cataloguing and public engagement.

Academic requirements

An undergraduate degree at first/upper second-class level and a Master's degree (completed with an overall average of 65% or higher [merit], with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation; or in its last year with an overall average of 65% or higher [merit]) in one or more of the following disciplines: English, Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural History or cognate subjects related to the project's theme. International students will have to have equivalent classifications.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

Both home and International students are eligible to apply to this scheme.

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an International student.

For further information on residential eligibility refer to the AHRC webpage.

Application procedure

Applicants should email to daniela.caselli@manchester.ac.uk the following by 22 February, 2021 at 5pm GMT:

Academic CV (max. 2 pages) including two named referees, one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor.

  • Copy of first degree and Master's degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if applicable);
  • A sample of your strongest written work (6,000 words maximum);
  • Letter of application (max. 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the studentship and how you would anticipate approaching the research. This should include the research questions that you would focus on and the way in which you would develop them.

If shortlisted, you will be asked to apply formally for a PhD place at the University of Manchester. Instructions will follow.

Closing date

5pm 22 February 2021

Contact details for enquiries

Professor Daniela Caselli
Email: daniela.caselli@manchester.ac.uk

 

ESRC CASE Studentship with Plan International

Capturing forgotten voices: Syrian adolescents' experiences of displacement and humanitarian action in Jordan and Lebanon

Information about the project:

This studentship aims to capture the voices of young refugees and to help integrate them into humanitarian programming through collaboration with Plan International, a key international actor in child protection. Refugee adolescents are one of the most vulnerable age groups in situations of conflict and displacement. Yet, adolescents, especially female, are often overlooked in humanitarian programming and academic literature which traditionally focuses on younger children or adults. This project thus focuses on their experiences of displacement and aid. It contributes to a wider intellectual endeavour in the field of humanitarian studies to engage with the local context and the diverse experiences of vulnerable communities and incorporate them into effective humanitarian responses.

The project will take a comparative case study approach focusing on Syrian refugee adolescents in Jordan and Lebanon. It asks the following questions:

  • What are the key challenges faced by refugee adolescents during conflict-related displacement?
  • What specific provisions do national and international organisations offer to this age group, in particular with a view on protection, and how do they relate to their actual needs?
  • How do adolescents experience the process of receiving assistance from the humanitarian community?
  • How do services provided to adolescents change their lives and communities? 

To make an impact on humanitarian programming, the project will be undertaken in partnership with Plan International. The student will have the opportunity to work at their London headquarters and their Jordan and Lebanon offices.

Type of award

Studentship

Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Value

Full tuition fees

A living stipend of approximately £15,000 pounds a year.

Up to £9,000 pounds research allowance over the three years for research and travel costs associated with the project.

Specified use

Tuition fees and living expenses

Tenable period

3 years (subject to satisfactory progress)

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is 1 studentship available

Fund provider

This award is internal.

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

Full-time

Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

Humanitarianism and Conflict Response

Academic requirements

Undergraduate honours degree at first or upper second-class level (or international equivalent

Suitable master's degree at upper Merit level or above (or international equivalent), or appropriate progress towards it, in Humanitarian Studies; Development Studies, International Relations or any related discipline

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Willingness and ability to conduct research abroad in the case countries;
  • Work and/or research experience in child protection;
  • Proficiency in Arabic;
  • Knowledge of forced displacement and humanitarian aid in the Middle East;
  • Experience in conducting interviews, focus group discussion, and participant observation or willingness to engage in additional research training.

Application procedure

Applicants should email the following to antoine.burgard@manchester.ac.uk by Monday 22 March 5pm GMT:

  • An academic CV (maximum four pages), including two named referees (one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor);
  • A copy of your first degree and Master's degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if masters is on-going);
  • A letter of application (maximum two pages) outlining your suitability for the CASE studentship and how you would anticipate approaching the research;
  • An academic writing sample.
  • Please note, the successful candidate will be required to submit an online application for a place on the PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response programme based on the project brief before the end of April, with the support of the supervisors.

Application form

Application form

Closing date

5pm 22 March 2021

Decision date

April 2021

Additional information

Supervisors:

Dr Antoine Burgard (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester), Dr Birte Vogel (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester), and Anita Queirazza (Plan International)

Contact details for enquiries

Dr Antoine Burgard
Email: antoine.burgard@manchester.ac.uk

The Wellington Scholarship - Religions and Theology

Type of award

Bursary

Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Value

£4,000 p.a., renewable for 2 years.

Specified use

Fee bursary.

Tenable period

3 years subject to satisfactory progress.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There will be one bursary available.

Fund provider

This award is internal.

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

Full-time

Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

Religions and Theology

Academic requirements

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for their intended programme of study.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

You must submit your online application for a place on the PhD Religions and Theology programme by 5 PM GMT on Friday 26 February 2021.

You must also submit an essay, dissertation or other paper demonstrating achievement in New Testament Greek or Hellenistic Greek, with a note that this is an entry for the Wellington Scholarship, by 5pm GMT, Friday 5 March 2021, by email to Jo Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Postgraduate Administrator: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk

Application form

Selection criteria

Applications will be ranked on academic track-record, the quality of the research proposal and the essay.

Selection body

The Religions and Theology Studentship Committee

Closing date

5pm GMT Friday 5 March 2021

Decision date

March-April 2021

Contact details for enquiries

Mrs Jo Marsh
Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator
Email: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk

PhD loans (UK/EU students only)

The UK Government has now published information on PhD student loans. 

  • You can borrow up to £25,000 for the entire PhD programme.
  • UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, will be eligible. The Government is currently considering making EU students eligible.
  • The loan is paid directly to students and can be used for tuition fees and living costs.
  • The loan is divided equally across each year of the programme in three instalments.

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