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School of Environment, Education and Development

The University of Manchester campus.

Funding opportunities

Find out how to apply for funding to help with your studies.

There is a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend. Application deadlines vary so please check the information below carefully.

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.

Other funding opportunities

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

Applications are now invited for a fully-funded four year PhD studentship with an integrated teaching certificate.

The University of Manchester has established funding through GCRF for studentships to build connections with countries that are overseas development assistance (OOA) recipients.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. 

GCRF PhD programme

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a four-year programme with an integrated teaching certificate and The University of Manchester has up to 12 studentships available.

Applicants can apply to one of the below projects which will start in either April or September 2020. 

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance. 

How to apply

The formal application process closes on 31 January 2020. 

Interviews will take place in March 2020.

Applicants are asked to contact the lead supervisor displayed in the project information for an initial discussion about the project.

See here for available projects.

UK/EU students

Doctoral loans

Doctoral loans are available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes). The loan is for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK/EU nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.

The loans are available for all types of doctoral study (e.g PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities.

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PhD scholarship for black British students

The John Rylands Research Institute at The University of Manchester is pleased to offer a fully-funded PhD scholarship to postgraduate researchers wishing to pursue archival research using the University of Manchester Library’s Special Collections.

Recent data on University of Manchester students shows a clear underrepresentation of black students permanently resident in the UK on postgraduate research programmes, in comparison to the most recent UK census information. This scholarship intends to support the increased representation of black researchers working with archives and Special Collections. As such, this scheme is restricted to black students.

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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 offers 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. 

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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.

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Other sources