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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. 


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

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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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:


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. 


  • 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 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:


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.


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.


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:


Tel: +44(0)161 275 0807

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:


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:

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

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

Can rewilding work for everyone? Targeted rewilding to enhance ecosystem service delivery in the English uplands

Project description

This full time, 1+3 PhD studentship, starting in September 2017, is fully funded by the ESRC CASE studentship scheme (ESRC NWDTC), together with the University of Manchester and Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP).

CASE studentships involve a PhD student working in partnership with an organisation to undertake a study which is designed to be relevant to the organisation. This creates an invaluable opportunity for students to undertake PhD research which bridges academic and professional concerns, having a direct impact in a professional context whilst also producing a PhD thesis.

This PhD will work with MFFP, to explore how integrated solutions for upland management can be delivered at the landscape-scale to maximise ecosystem service delivery in the Peak District National Park (PDNP) and South Pennines.  The PhD will be jointly supervised through Planning and Environmental Management, University of Manchester (Dr Carys Jones and Dr Anna Gilchrist), Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool (Sue Kidd) and MFFP (Dr. Jonathan Walker).

The studentship project

Upland landscapes provide vital socio-economic benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ (Rafaelli and White, 2013). In the UK, upland management has traditionally prioritised ‘provisioning ecosystem services’ based around production, such as sheep-farming and forestry. However, this has caused significant environmental damage with widespread impacts, such as water pollution and lowland flooding. These issues have elicited proposals for the uplands to be ‘rewilded’ (Merckx and Pereria, 2015), and for policies to be directed towards payments for ecosystem services (PES) to ensure the uplands provide a broader range of socio-economic as well as environmental benefits. In the UK, debates about the future of the uplands have been reinforced by the impending policy vacuum when the UK leaves the EU, meaning many upland policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy, will be superseded by UK-specific legislation.

The potential for upland rewilding is supported by growing evidence from abandoned agricultural areas in continental Europe, which has increased the ecosystem services being delivered, including lowland benefits (Cerqueira et al., 2015). However, English uplands are more populated, complex social-ecological systems and substantial barriers are preventing changes to land-use policy and management. These include challenges with land ownership, current livelihoods, traditional cultural practices, strong landscape attachment and existing amenity value (Waters et al., 2012). A study in the Peak District National Park (PDNP) highlighted that one extreme form of rewilding, land abandonment; reduced socio-economic services, such as game management and amenity value, and potentially could reduce other ecosystem services, such as habitats for some priority species and carbon storage by increasing the risk of wildfires (Reed et al., 2013).

The aim of this studentship is to explore the extent to which environmental planning at landscape-scales might contribute towards enhanced delivery of ecosystem services through targeted rewilding in selected upland locations of the PDNP and South Pennines, and to analyse the implications of this approach for the strategic objectives shaping the English uplands. The successful applicant will work closely with the CASE partner, Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP), to explore how integrated solutions can be delivered at the landscape-scale in the uplands of the PDNP and South Pennines. MFFP has a number of projects to restore natural vegetation in the uplands, including restoring blanket bog and planting woodlands on steep upland valleys; the latter led by the Forestry Commission’s ‘Woodlands for Water’ project, identifying potential areas for upland afforestation. However, some MFFP projects conflict with current strategic policy priorities limiting the ability to maximise ecosystem services, including policies related to agriculture and biodiversity policies. A thorough understanding and appreciation of the importance of partnership-working, and the different perspectives of partners and other stakeholder will be critical to the success of this studentship.

This studentship is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on concepts, literature and methods from the natural and social sciences, including GIS, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and field surveys. To ensure the applicant has sufficient inter-disciplinary skills, this studentship invites applications from undergraduate students who will receive a stipend and payment of fees for a tailored one year MSc Planning and Environmental Management (Research) starting in September 2017 and, on successful completion, will then begin the doctoral research in September 2018.

The doctoral research project is likely to comprise four stages:

  • Desk study including a review of existing literature and conceptualisation
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Rewilding Scenarios
  • Ecosystem Service Appraisal and Consultation
  • Environmental Planning Policy Evaluation

Person specification

Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree, with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more and a dissertation mark of 60% or more (with no mark below 50%) in a relevant social science (environmental management, geography, etc.) or environmental science (environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, etc.) discipline.

Candidates will need to use their Bachelor’s degree and/or other relevant experience to demonstrate background knowledge of the debates surrounding rewilding in the UK.

Candidates must satisfy the ESRC's academic and residential eligibility requirements and be UK (full award) or EU citizens (fees only).

Financial support

The ESRC CASE studentship and the support from the University of Manchester covers the academic fees of £5,500 (see above about residential eligibility) and provides an annual stipend of £14,553. MFFP will provide desk space at their Edale offices during relevant stages of the research, and training and use of specialist datasets.

Further information

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting, interviews, etc. should be directed to: Dr Carys Jones and Dr Anna Gilchrist

The successful applicant will be required to submit a full application for a PhD in Planning and Environmental Management, University of Manchester.

Interviews are expected to take place in Manchester on Thursday 27th April 2017. Candidates invited for interview are expected to cover their own travel expenses.


Apply by Friday 14th April 2017 5pm GMT by emailing the following:

  • A full academic CV: including two named referees (one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor).
  • A copy of your first degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if degree is ongoing).
  • A letter of application (not exceeding two pages – font Arial - size 11) outlining your suitability for the CASE studentship and how you would anticipate approaching the research.

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 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