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Fees and funding

The School receives money from a range of sources to help you fund your programme.

There are 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

Doctoral loans (UK/EU students only)

The UK government has confirmed that new doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes) from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

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 loans will be 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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Funding for 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.

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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. 

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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.

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Other sources

FutureDAMS studentship (x3)

Project description

The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute is pleased to announce three PhD studentships to fund doctoral research on priority issues related to its FutureDAMS Research Centre [Design and Assessment of Resilient and Sustainable Interventions in Water-Energy-Food-Environment (WEFE) Mega-systems].

The Centre has been established with a grant of £8 million from RCUK’s Global Challenges Research Fund. The Centre is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University’s Global Development Institute (GDI), the Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering School (MACE) and partners across universities and research institutes in the UK, Africa and Asia. Its aim is to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the delivery of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by helping developing countries select, design, finance and manage dams to meet local, national and regional needs and preferences - for further details on the research programme, contact Adam Randon. Its work covers the developing world but it has particular research interests in Ghana, India, Jordan, Myanmar and the Nile Basin (Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan).

This full-time three-year PhD studentship, starting in September 2018, is funded by The University of Manchester.

The PhD will require the successful candidate to conduct research directly related to the achievement of the goals of FutureDAMS, particularly deepening the understanding of how nexus interventions in water management cascade through socio-economic, engineered, ecological and political systems and using this knowledge to help stakeholders develop and negotiate solutions that are more economically, socially and environmentally beneficial.

The studentship project

As part of the University’s contribution to this initiative, three PhD studentships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who can support the achievement of the Centre’s goals. Successful applicants will join a vibrant team of first-rate scholars engaged in understanding global development.  They will complete a PhD thesis and will be expected to engage with the full range of GDI and Doctoral College activities, and make a contribution to Centre’s research and administration.

Studentships will be available from September 2018 and will cover UK/EU tuition fees - with a possibility in exceptional cases of overseas fees - and a stipend of £14,777 per annum (fixed) for three years. 

The Centre is keen to recruit students in three specialist areas. Applicants need to have a very strong training in relevant social sciences but do not need to have prior research experience on dams or water management systems.

This studentship will be based at the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College.

Person specification

The politics of dam design, selection, financing and management (x1 studentship)

The successful candidate will be trained at the master's level in a relevant discipline (political studies, political science, international political economy, international relations, comparative politics, political geography, political ecology, development studies with a focus on politics and other fields) and will have achieved a merit or distinction grading and excellent results for their dissertation.

Candidates for this studentship are encouraged to identify a potential research topic and to have done some initial thinking about how they would approach this study.

Candidates with prior experience of researching dams, WEFE nexus management systems and/or infrastructure (especially financing) and/or with experience of researching in Africa or Asia are particularly welcomed.

We anticipate that the lead supervisor for the successful candidate will be drawn from the GDI academic staff and that Dr Tom Lavers will be involved with the supervisory team. 

The economics of dam design, selection, financing and management (x1 studentship)

The successful candidate will be trained at the master's level in a relevant discipline (economics, econometrics, GIS, social statistics, agricultural/ development/environmental/natural resource economics and other fields), will have very strong quantitative analysis skills and will have achieved a merit or distinction grading and excellent results for their dissertation.

Candidates will have to demonstrate a good knowledge of STATA and GIS analysis (or show an aptitude to rapidly develop high-level skills in these areas) and have some experience of creating or manipulating large datasets. Applicants with prior experience of researching dams, WEFE nexus management systems and/or infrastructure and with experience of researching in Africa or Asia are particularly welcomed.

We anticipate that the lead supervisor for the successful candidate will be Dr Ralitza Dimova.

Understanding decisions about investment in dams from a social and/or multidisciplinary perspective (x1 studentship)

The successful candidate will be trained at the master's level in a relevant discipline (development studies, social research, social policy, social anthropology, sociology, gender studies, economic/human geography, political studies/science, political economy and other fields) and will have achieved a merit or distinction grading and excellent results for their dissertation.

The research for this thesis should involve the development and application of a multi-disciplinary analytical framework and might focus on decision-making about dams or the distributional impacts of dams (including gender analysis) or a topic identified by the student.

Candidates for this studentship are encouraged to identify a potential research topic and to have done some initial thinking about how they would approach this study. Candidates with prior experience of researching dams, WEFE nexus management systems and/or infrastructure and/or with experience of researching in Africa or Asia are particularly welcomed.

We anticipate that the lead supervisor for the successful candidate will be drawn from GDI’s academic staff and that Professor David Hulme will be involved with the supervisory team.  

Eligibility

Applicants should normally enjoy 'home' (UK/EU) tuition fee status. This generally includes UK or EU nationals having resided within the EEA for three years or more prior to starting their course. In some cases, nationals of other countries may enjoy 'home' tuition fee status if they satisfy certain residency requirements.  In exceptional circumstances, the studentships may cover the full cost of 'overseas' fees, and we welcome applications from all highly qualified candidates.

Further information

Each successful candidate will be supervised by a team of two scholars drawn from relevant Schools at the University.

The exact focus of the PhD dissertations will be negotiated by candidates and their supervisors but must address a priority research issue for the achievement of FutureDAMS goals.

The PhD studentships will be awarded only to students meeting the registration requirements of the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), of the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) or another relevant school. 

The course of study undertaken by successful candidates conforms to the standard PhD programme at The University of Manchester.

Further information about GDI, FutureDAMS, and the GCRF contact Adam Randon.

General enquires about applications should be directed to Admos Chimhowu.

Academic enquires should be directed to Phil Woodhouse.

Application

Apply by 5pm on 25 May 2018 by emailing pgr-seedfunding@manchester.ac.uk the following:

  • a full CV
  • a personal statement of no more than 700 words indicating why you would like to undertake this studentship award and explaining your theoretical and/or practical interests in particular research focus. Applicants with prior research experience on dams/mega-water management can submit an outline PhD proposal that shows how it links to the FutureDAMS research agenda.
  • an example of a piece of academic writing produced by the applicant of 2,500-5,000 words. (Applicants may consider submitting two shorter pieces if these deal separately with conceptual and empirical analyses). This may be an academic essay or a chapter(s) from a master's dissertation or, in which case, an abstract or introduction outlining the context/aims/research questions of the study must also be included.
  • the names and contact details of two academic referees who are able to comment on the applicant’s suitability for PhD study and to undertake the advertised project.

Please insert ‘FutureDAMS Global Development Institute Studentships’ in the subject of your email to help filter applications.

Students will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by 8 June 2018. If you have not been contacted by late July, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

HeadStart studentship: “Risk, resilience and mental health in adolescence”

Project description

This full-time, three-year PhD studentship, starting in September 2018, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund with The University of Manchester.

The successful applicant will join our team on the project entitled "Big Lottery HeadStart Phase 3 Learning and Development". HeadStart is an innovative framework whose aim is to promote wellbeing and prevent the onset of mental health difficulties in children and young people through work in school, family, community and digital contexts, inclusive of both universal (for all) and targeted (for those at-risk of or already experiencing difficulties) forms of intervention. Further information about HeadStart can be found here.

The Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), University of Manchester, is part of a consortium led by the Anna Freud Centre which is being funded by Big Lottery to execute a variety of research and development tasks in relation to the third phase of HeadStart, which launched in 2016. The central component of this project is a major longitudinal study in which we are tracking a cohort of 15,000+ young people in six areas across England throughout their secondary school education. The first wave of data collection was in 2017 when the cohort was in Year 7. Quantitative data on key intervention outcomes (eg well-being, mental health difficulties), change mechanisms (eg sources of resilience at individual, family, school and community levels) and risk factors (eg looked after child status, special educational needs) are being collected on an annual basis (information about this measurement framework can be found here), alongside longitudinal case study data (eg interviews with young people and their families, intervention providers and referrers; document analysis) that focuses on possible mechanisms of change and experience of HeadStart participation.

MIE are leading on the strand of this work that relates to summative evaluation of the impact of individual programme elements on outcomes for young people in the Head Start cohort. To this end, we are integrating quasi-experimental and randomised controlled trial models relating to these elements within the design and timeline for main study noted above. Two of these ‘nested impact evaluations’ are already underway, focusing on the Team Social Action and Trauma-Informed Schools interventions in Cornwall and Newham respectively (the protocol for the latter can be found here). Given the established status of implementation variability (eg quality, fidelity, dosage) as a moderator of impact, data on this is being sought from the intervention agents. Further summative evaluation projects are in the process of being developed.

The studentship

We are looking for a candidate with proven quantitative (and, preferably, qualitative) research skills who also has experience of working in and around schools and a keen interest in child and adolescent mental health. The successful applicant will be involved in a variety of data generation and analysis tasks throughout their tenure and will complete their PhD using data derived from the HeadStart project (although the research questions underpinning their thesis need not necessarily relate to the project itself). It is anticipated that the PhD will be undertaken using the ‘journal format’ (further information about this is available here). For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Neil Humphrey, who is the HeadStart project lead at MIE and will also act as the successful candidate’s PhD supervisor.

Person specification

Essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes

  • Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree in psychology, education or a related field
  • Master’s degree at Merit (60% or above) or Distinction (70% or above) level in psychology, education or a related field
  • Proven research skills – quantitative data generation and analysis
  • Proven research skills – qualitative data generation and analysis
  • Sound knowledge of the principles of intervention research design
  • Sound knowledge of child and adolescent mental health
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Two satisfactory references, at least one of which to be academic
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) clearance at the Enhanced Disclosure level
  • IELTS score of 7.0 or above for candidates speaking English as an additional language
  • Candidates must satisfy the ESRC's academic and residential eligibility requirements and be UK (full award) or EU citizens (fees only). Find out more about eligibility here.  

Desirable knowledge, skills, experience and attributes

  • Experience of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working in schools as a research or practitioner 

Financial support

This studentship covers academic fees (see above note about residential eligibility) and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000.

Further information

Enquiries about the vacancy should be directed to Professor Neil Humphrey.

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

Interviews will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Candidates invited for interview are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Application

Apply by Friday 1 June by emailing the following to neil.humphrey@manchester.ac.uk with the subject line “HeadStart PhD application”

  • 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 and Master’s degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if Master’s is ongoing)
  • A letter of application (not exceeding two pages) outlining your suitability for the studentship, in which you make explicit reference to the essential and desirable criteria noted above
  • A short proposal (not exceeding two pages) outlining your initial ideas for your PhD thesis

References will be sought after shortlisting.