Postgraduate research funding

Please note all funding competitions are now closed or suspended.

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 are a range of awards on offer for both home/EU and international students at PhD level.

Search for funding opportunities

Choose your country and programme of study to search our postgraduate research funding opportunities database. Alternatively, you can view funding opportunities for all of our School's programmes.

Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group

The Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group is an international research training group, comprised of researchers and jointly awarded/dual PhD candidates between the University of Melbourne, Australia, and The University of Manchester, UK.

In the first cohort (2020/2021), up to 20 joint PhD candidates will be trained by multidisciplinary collaborative research teams.

Candidates must meet the entry requirements of both Universities to be accepted. They will spend at least a year at each institution over the course of their candidature and be eligible to graduate with a jointly awarded PhD recognised with a testamur from each University.

If you are interested in this opportunity then take a look at the full list of Joint PhD Projects available and the application guidelines before contacting the lead supervisor.

Successful candidates for these positions are expected to accept their scholarship by 11 December 2019.

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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