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Postgraduate research funding

See below for details of funding opportunities

Architecture AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentships

The competition for the 2017/18 studentships for postgraduate study from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) is now open.

The NWCDTP is a full postgraduate award for full-time or part-time study, and provides funds to meet payment of tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend rate in 2016-17 is £14,296)  and opportunity to apply for additional funding towards fieldwork and conference costs. Additional disability allowance can be provided where appropriate. 

Eligibility

Academic requirements

Candidates should:

  • hold a bachelor's degree at first or upper second class level (or international equivalent)
  • hold a master's degree at merit or distinction level (or international equivalent)

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections
  • TOEFL (internet based) test minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections

Other eligibility criteria

This award is also available to existing postgraduate research students in year one, applying for funding for years two and three of a PhD.

Please refer to the application guidance on the NWCDTP website:

Residential eligibility

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

How to apply

To apply for an award, candidates must have previously applied for a place on the PhD Architecture programme by Friday 27 January 2017 latest.

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by 10 February 2017 (5pm) in order to be considered. Please submit your completed application form via email to:

Christopher Kitchen, Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Please read the application guidance carefully and download the application form from the NWC DTP website. When completing your application please note that the relevant pathway is 'Arts History'.

Successful, reserve and unsuccessful candidates will be informed of their outcome by 13th April 2017.

China Scholarship Council - University of Manchester Joint Scholarship for PhD Study

The China Scholarship Council - University of Manchester Joint Scholarship competition for September 2017 entry is now open.

For successful applicants, The University of Manchester will cover their full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually three years). CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round-trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

Eligibility

  • Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application; overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time; (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year)
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research
  • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester. They must fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by their chosen School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC

Application 

  • Candidates should apply directly for admission to The University of Manchester before 30 January 2017. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.

Selection 

  • The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates, upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order. The University of Manchester will provide CSC and each qualified candidate with a copy of the offer letter
  • After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application online by 5 April 2017
  • CSC will evaluate the candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates

Decision date

Applicants will be notified of the outcome around mid-May 2017 onwards.

Further information

Please contact the Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Christopher Kitchen:

Email: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)161 275 0807

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships

The Faculty of Humanities is offering 3 full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2017. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £14,500 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG) for the student. Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend. 

Eligibility

  • Candidates and supervisors should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research themes and sub-themes.
  • Awards can be converted to CASE where the projects have non-HEI collaboration, although the collaborating partner is required to provide significant cash contribution. More information.
  • Students who have started the PhD are not eligible     

How to apply

  1. Submit a complete application for one of the School's PhD programmes through the University of Manchester's online application procedure for postgraduate study by 17 February 2017.
  2. Send an email to pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk to express interest in the scholarship and request consideration for this funding opportunity.

Please ensure you attach all relevant supporting documentation, including references, as applications that are incomplete by the closing date will not be accepted.

The School of Environment, Education and Development offers the following PhD programmes:

Your completed application should include:

  • Standard postgraduate application form, submitted online
  • Detailed research proposal (maximum 1500 words including references, footnotes or any other information) explaining what you wish to research, how you intend on doing this and why. Please include title, literature review, argument, methodology, draft timeframe and references. This proposal should also include a statement indicating how the project fits the EPSRC research themes.
  • Two academic references
  • Transcripts and certificates for all previous degree level qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Outcome of your application

Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be informed in writing by early June 2017. Individual feedback on applications will not be available.

Further information

Christopher Kitchen, Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Postgraduate Research:

Email: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)161 275 0807

ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) studentships

The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition for September 2017 entry is now open.

Please see the NWSSDTP website for more information on how to apply.

How to apply

The deadline for studentship applications is 3 February 2017. Please submit the application form by email to the School Admissions Office by 5 pm on Friday 3 February including your transcripts and references. Late applications will not be accepted.

Email: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

You must have already submitted your application for a place on your chosen PhD programme in advance of this date, and by Friday 27 January latest, via The University of Manchester online application form.

Eligibility

Applicants should hold an offer from the School of a place on one of the following PhD programmes:

  • PhD Architecture
  • PhD Development Policy and Management
  • PhD Education
  • PhD Human Geography
  • PhD Planning and Environmental Management

Studentship applications will only be accepted from non-offer holders if they have already received confirmation from the University that their postgraduate research application is fully complete and being considered by the academic team. 

We will be not be able to consider NWSSDTP studentship applications at the Studentship Allocation Committee meeting on 15 March 2017 unless an official letter offering a place on one of our PhD programmes has been released. 

Academic eligibility

Candidates for all awards should hold a good Bachelor degree at First or Upper Second Class Honours (or international equivalent). Candidates for the +3 and +4 studentships should also hold a Master degree at Merit or Distinction (or international equivalent).

Residential eligibility

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the UK. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period preceding the application and
  • Has not been resident in the UK during any part of that period for the purposes of full time education (EU students see below) and
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which they may stay)

Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period preceding the start of the course, even if for the purposes of full time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award.

EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award.

For further information please refer to the application guidelines on the NWSSDTP website.

Financial basis of the awards

A full postgraduate award for full time study provides:

  • Payment of approved tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance grant (£14,296 in 2016/17 – rate subject to confirmation from the RCUK for 2017/18)
  • Students who are undertaking a project that has been identified as employing Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) will receive an additional enhanced stipend of £3,000. Please refer to the 'What is AQM?' guide. For further information please refer to the NWSSDTP website.

Outcome of your application

Successful, reserve and unsuccessful candidates will be informed in writing by 24 March 2017. Individual feedback on applications will not be available

If you are successful in being nominated for an award you will be asked to confirm by 14 April 2017 whether you wish to accept the award. If you do not confirm by this date the NWSSDTP will reallocate the award. 

Contact details

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Christopher Kitchen:

Email: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)161 275 0807

PhD Scholarship in Science Education 2017

This is a unique opportunity to study at one of the UK's leading Universities and associated science education Trusts. Applications are sought in the broad field of Science Education with specific interest in Primary Science Education, to fit with the areas of expertise of the Institute of Education, SEERIH and PSTT.

More information can be found under the following links:

Academic requirements

You must have at least an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree at undergraduate level or equivalent, and you must have completed research training at Masters level by 30 September of 2017 and secured skills in relevant social sciences research methods. Masters in Science Education or Social Science is preferred.

Application procedure

Apply by 6th March 2017 at 23:59 (GMT) by emailing lynne.bianchi@manchester.ac.uk  

Application documents include:

  • A full academic CV: including two named referees (one of whom should be the most recent academic tutor/supervisor)
  • A copy of first degree and Master’s degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if masters is ongoing)
  • A letter of application (not exceeding two pages) outlining suitability for the scholarship, your area of research interest and how you anticipate approaching the research

 Note: It is highly recommended that you get in touch with potential supervisor(s) to discuss initial research ideas for your PhD project.

Further information

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting, interviews should be directed to Dr Lynne Bianchi: lynne.bianchi@manchester.ac.uk

The successful applicant will be required to submit a full application for a PhD Education, University of Manchester.

Interview dates will be confirmed by email after the application deadline. Candidates invited for interview are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

PhD CASE Studentship - ESRC +3 Youth activism in an age of austerity

ESRC +3 CASE studentship - Youth activism in an age of austerity

This full-time, 3-year PhD studentship, starting in September 2017, is funded by the ESRC  North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) CASE studentship scheme. CASE studentships involve a PhD student working in partnership with an organisation to undertake research which is designed to be relevant to the organisation. This creates an invaluable opportunity for students to undertake a PhD which bridges academic and professional concerns, having a direct impact in a professional context whilst also producing a PhD thesis.  

The studentship project

The aim of this studentship is to explore the participation of young people and youth engagement organisations in political decision-making and debates, and whether their voices are heard and included. In the context of deep public spending cuts and an increasingly competitive funding landscape, the possibilities for youth political participation have been called into question. There is a historic marginalisation of youth voices in political and economic decision-making, with very few mechanisms for inclusion beyond civil society organisations.

To explore these issues, the studentship takes RECLAIM, Manchester's leading Youth Engagement Charity, as a case study. RECLAIM is an award winning leadership and mentoring charity that endeavours to represent and champion the voices of young working class people politically, socially and culturally, so they can encourage those in power to incorporate and consider the views of future generations when making decisions that affect their lives. The study involves mixed methods research including ethnographic observations, youth-led participatory activities, interviews with key stakeholders and the co-production of an ethnographic film documentary. Taking a participatory research approach, the doctoral student will become embedded in the day-to-day youth engagement work of RECLAIM, spending 12 months based at RECLAIM's head offices and alongside staff involved in work on the ground across Greater Manchester.

The student will be based in RECLAIM for at least one day a week in years 1 and 3 of the research. In year 2 the time spent in the RECLAIM office or engaged in RECLAIM activities will increase to 3-4 days per week in order to undertake the workplace ethnography and stakeholder interviews. The RECLAIM office is in close proximity to the University of Manchester where the student will be based for the remainder of the time.

The CASE student will be jointly supervised by Dr Sarah Marie Hall and Prof. Kevin Ward (Geography, University of Manchester), Dr Bethan Evans (Geography, University of Liverpool) and Dr Laura Pottinger (RECLAIM and Geography, University of Manchester). 

Person specification

An undergraduate degree at 1st or 2:1 classification master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject area such as geography, anthropology, sociology or politics; knowledge of geographical debates; or experience of research on activism, civil society or young people. The master's needs to be ESRC recognised or contain a substantial research methods training component, or the candidate will have:

  • Extensive research experience
  • Experience of using qualitative, preferably ethnographic and/or participatory research methods
  • Experience of working collaboratively.

The successful candidate must receive satisfactory DBS clearance before commencing study from both the university and RECLAIM, in order to carry out the research with young people

Residential eligibility:

The legal basis for defining residence eligibility for postgraduate training awards is set down in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1991. The guidance below is based on the Regulations and on guidance produced by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES): 

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award 
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below) 
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which s/he may stay).

Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply.

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply.

Financial support

The studentship covers academic fees (£5,500) and provides a stipend of

£14 553 per annum.  In addition, all NSSDTP Students are also entitled to claim certain research expenses from the NSSDTP Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

Additional fieldwork support may be available from the university. 

How to apply:

Please apply by Monday 3rd April 2017 at 23:59 (GMT) by emailing sarah.m.hall@manchester.ac.uk 

You should include the following documents:

  • A letter of application (not exceeding two pages) outlining suitability for the scholarship, your area of research interest and how you anticipate approaching the research.
  • A full academic CV (not exceeding four pages) including two named referees, one of whom should be the most recent academic tutor/supervisor.
  • A copy of first degree and Master’s degree transcripts (or interim transcripts if master’s course is ongoing)

Interviews are scheduled to take place week beginning 24 April 2017.

The successful candidate will be required to submit an application for PhD Geography at the University of Manchester.

Further details can be accessed via the SEED webpages.

President's Doctoral Scholarship Awards

These prestigious awards are open to all nationalities and research areas. PDS Awards will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants for PhD studentships starting in September 2017. Based on the academic track record of applicants and evidence of research potential, we will select our Presidential Scholars from the applicants across our 2017 funding schemes. PDS Award status will entitle our successful candidates to a further £1,000 enhancement to their funded stipend / living allowance. Collaborating funding schemes will include:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium (NWC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Accounts PhD Studentships
  • ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre studentships
  • School of Environment, Education and Development Postgraduate research scholarships

PDS scholars will:

  • be invited to attend a series of events with the opportunity to meet the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Scholars;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS Award ambassador for the University;
  • receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class honours degree and a master’s degree with merit or distinction (or equivalent). They should have a track-record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes/accolades for previous research work, setting up research collaborations with other groups etc.

UK, EU and overseas candidates are eligible.

How to apply

Successful applicants to SEED postgraduate research programmes who meet the eligibility criteria are automatically considered for this award, no separate application is required. In order for your PhD application to be processed in good time you are advised to apply for the PhD programme no later than Friday 24 March 2017. 

Please note that existing PhD students cannot be considered for this funding.

SEED Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The School of Environment, Education and Development is pleased to announce a number of postgraduate research studentships for September 2017 entry.

These awards will cover tuition fees and include annual stipends of approximately £14, 210 (subject to final confirmation) for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Studentships are open to home / EU and overseas students.

Applicants should have received an offer of a place for September 2017 entry on one of the following PhD programmes by Friday 21 April 2017. In order for your PhD application to be processed in good time you are advised to apply for the PhD programme no later than Friday 24 March 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2017.

Please visit the link below to apply for your PhD place at the School of Environment, Education and Development:

Candidates should meet the entry requirements of the School of Environment, Education and Development:

  • Bachelor degree with First Class or Upper Second Class Honours (or international equivalent)
  • Master degree with a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation and a minimum taught average grade of 60% (or international equivalent)
  • English language proficiency if applicable – minimum of IELTS 7 overall with 7 in writing and 6 in the other subsections or TOEFL 100 overall with 25 in writing and 22 in the other subsections or Pearson 66 overall with 66 in writing and 59 in the other subsections

All eligible offer holders who do not already have other funding confirmed will be considered for School studentships. No additional application procedures apply. Please note that should you wish to apply for any other award separate application procedures may apply.

Please note that existing PhD students cannot be considered for this funding.

Specific research groups within the School welcome PhD applications within the areas of their current research priorities, which are listed below.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Christopher Kitchen:

Email: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)161 275 0807

Research impact scholarships

Two PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Manchester commencing 2017-18. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to the University of Manchester. More information

The scholarship value is £19,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £2,000 per year is available to support placement, overseas institutional visit, research training and conference attendance at the discretion of the Faculty PGR Committee Chair.  The continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress on the doctoral studies.

Eligibility criteria 

  1. Applicants must hold a 2:1 honours and a masters degrees from a reputable higher education institution and meet other entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to join
  2. Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status 
  3. Students who have already started their doctoral degree are not eligible 
  4. Their proposed research project must be related to one of the following of the University’s philanthropic research themes: 
    • Energy and Sustainability  
    • Graphene and Enterprise
    • Global Inequalities
    • Healthy Futures
    • Discovery
  5. Although not a requirement, priority is given to candidates who have identified or developed a potential opportunity to undertake doctoral placement and/or overseas institutional visit during their PhD

Further information on the research themes

Please be aware that to apply for the Research Impact Scholarship you must collaborate with your research supervisor to complete the application form and already hold a confirmed offer for PhD study The submission deadline for the funding opportunity is 7 April 2017. 

Application forms should be submitted to: pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Teaching Assistants

The School of Environment, Education and Development offers teaching employment specifically for postgraduate research students. Graduate teaching assistants (TAs) are valued members of the SEED teaching team. The main responsibility of a TA is to provide assistance with specific courses, so as a TA you will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and to improve your communication and presentation skills.

In order to fulfil TA tasks in the best possible way and also enhance your future professional development, you will need to undergo training at Faculty and School level before you can take up a TA post. This training will be complemented by a mentoring process and regular peer reviewing (at least once per academic year) of your teaching. Further details about the role and responsibilities of a TA, including training obligations, can be found at the TA-hub link.

Being a TA also offers you the opportunity to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Every year we have a number of TA opportunities available that all our PhD students are eligible to apply for. These positions are offered on a part-time basis and would usually commence in the second semester of the first year or the first semester of the second year of your programme (you are not asked to teach in semester one if you are a new PGR researcher and will not be allowed to teach without completion of the relevant training)

For more information please contact the Postgraduate Research Office, at pgr-seed@manchester.ac.uk

PhD CASE Studentship – ESRC 1+3 Can rewilding work for everyone?

Targeted rewilding to enhance ecosystem service delivery in the English uplands

Other funding opportunities

The following links provide a summary of, or further links to, information on sources of funding available for study at The University of Manchester:

UK/EU students

International students

China Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) funds postgraduate scholarships annually to nationals of PR China who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester. The scholarship provides an annual maintenance grant for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory academic progress. The CSC does not always provide funding support for tuition fees.

Commonwealth scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offer PhD scholarships to candidates seeking places at Universities within the UK. Awards under the scheme are not made by any central body. There are a number of scholarships available with the general scholarships open to Commonwealth citizens and British-protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the UK.  The scholarships are not restricted to any particular subject area, but applicants from developing countries must provide evidence that their proposed PhD study will be of future economic and/or social development to their home country.  For further information, please see the Commonwealth Scholarships website:

CONACyT

CONACyT funds postgraduate scholarships for Mexican nationals who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester. The eligibility criteria and value of these awards are variable, for further information please see the CONACyT website: 

UK research councils

UK Government

UK charities and trusts