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.

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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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