Research programmes funding

The University of Manchester is committed to supporting postgraduate research students via a range of funding opportunities.

At Manchester, we understand the importance of developing academic talent and rewarding high achievement and hard work. We therefore invest significantly in funding and offer a range of generous research studentships and scholarships which are available to international, UK and EU students.

The School of Computer Science is highly successful in attracting funding for research students. Funding normally covers full payment of tuition fees plus a stipend for living expenses. The amount awarded is specified for each individual project. If you are interested in applying for funding please read the criteria very carefully to ensure that you are eligible for consideration before you apply.

Applicants must have an academic offer for a place on the PhD programme in place by the closing date of relevant funding opportunities.

  • President's Doctoral Scholarship Award

    The University of Manchester's President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Award) for September 2019 entry is open to all nationalities and research areas.

    Within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities.

    PDS Awards provide funding for full fees and a full stipend as well as:

    • a series of exclusive events where you will have the opportunity to meet The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students
    • international research leadership under distinguished scholars
    • becoming a PDS Awards ambassador for the University
    • receiving a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
    • our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers

    Criteria: Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a Masters-level qualification at merit or distinction (or equivalent). They should also 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. 

    Closing date: TBC for September 2019 starters

    Further details are available from:

  • Faculty PhD Studentships (Dean's Award)

    Applications are invited from outstanding applicants for the three-year Faculty PhD Studentships (Dean's Awards) commencing in September 2018.

    These are extremely competitive awards and are open to all nationalities and research areas with a lead supervisor in the School of Computer Science. Awards will be made on the basis of evidence of academic ability and research aptitude.

    Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a Masters-level qualification at merit or distinction (or equivalent). They should also 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.

    Closing date: March 2018

    Further details are available from:

  • Research Impact Scholarship

    The University of Manchester is offering a Research Impact Scholarship for September 2018 entry.

    Awards will be made to exceptional candidates who undertake research in the following areas: Discovery, Energy and Sustainability, Graphene and Enterprise, Global Inequalities or Healthy Futures.

    The Scholarship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will provide a stipend of £14,000 per year. The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in Seprember 2018.

    Closing date: TBC 


  • Fully funded studentships

    The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:

    Probing Ultrafast Dynamics of Magnetic Phase Transition in FeRh Nanostructures

    This funded project is offered as part of an existing collaboration between the Laboratory for Multiscale Materials Experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute together with the NEST Group in the University of Manchester, UK. The project will focus on studying the timescale (psec to nsec) of the antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition with optical and x-ray based time resolved techniques available at the Paul Scherrer Institute. FeRh magnetic nanostructures will be fabricated building on the expertise developed in Manchester in creating thin films of FeRh on MgO substrates. Particular emphasis will be put on the influence of the patterning of the nanostructures on the physical properties of the samplematerial.

    Funding: Home/EU tuition fee plus a stipend equal to the standard RCUK rate for 2017-8 (£14,553)

    Eligibility: Home/EU applicants

    Closing date: 28 February 2018

    Further details are available from: Professor Tom Thompson

  • The James Elson studentship

    The James Elson Studentship provides an outstanding candidate with fees and a stipend to undertake a 3-year PhD research project relating to applications of computer science in a specific area of research.

    The James Elson Studentship for 2017 entry is in the field of Artificial Intelligence. 

    The studentship is open to UK/EU nationals eligible to pay ‘Home’ fees, for full-time study.

    Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of academic quality and their preparedness for their chosen project as evidenced in their application. References and supervisor support will also be sought when shortlisting.

    Closing date: 17 March 2017

    Further details are available from:


  • School studentships

    UK and EU students

    Funding is available for UK and EU nationals for the 3 year PhD programme.

    The School Studentship pay all tuition fees as well as a stipend award for 3 years. Applicants must be eligible to pay 'home' fees. There will sometimes also be an opportunity to undertake teaching in the form of laborartory demonstration work in order to supplement your income.

    In order to be considered you must have an academic offer in place for a place on the PhD in Computer Science. Further details outlining the application process can be found here.


    International students

    The School has a number of full fees studentships and partial fees contribution awards available to suitably qualified international PhD candidates. The full fee studentship will pay the international fee for the duration of the programme (with the exception of the writing up year). And the partial fee awards will pay the difference between the full international and home fee level each year over 3 years (approximately 75% of the full international fee). The School cannot make any contribution towards living expenses and the University must be satisfied that the applicant has sufficient external funding to support the required 3 years of study. 

    In order to be considered you must have an academic offer in place for a place on the PhD in Computer Science. Further details outlining the application process can be found here.


    Potential awardees will be considered on a rolling basis from September - March so it is important that you apply for the PhD early. Applicants will be intereviewed in person or via Skype by the funding interview panel.

    Further details:

  • China Scholarship Council - Joint Scholarship Programme

    Funding: 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

    Application and selection process
    1.Candidates should submit an online application for admission to The University of Manchester before 30 January 2018. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme. All supporting documents (degree certificates, transcripts, research proposal, references and evidence of English language proficiency (if required) must also be provided with the application. Other additional documents may be required by the School including CV and personal statement which will be advised by the admission officer in the School.
    2.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.
    3.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 2018
    4.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

    Closing date: 30 January 2018


  • External funding opportunities

    Doctoral loans for 2018/19

    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 is a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course of study.

    The loans are available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities. The loan is paid directly to students in three instalments across each year of the course and can be used for course fees and living costs.

    UK and 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 to apply. For further information on eligibility criteria please visit:

    Additional information will be published to this page once further information has been confirmed by the UK government. A summary of the main features of the loan is available on


    Below is also a list of organisations which offer funding to students of specific nationalities or gender. If any further information is required such as eligibility and criteria details please contact the organisation directly. There are many other organisations not included in this list that maybe able to offer support. Students should apply directly to the relevant organisation.


    • LPDP Funding Indonesia - Full funding for students with Indonesian nationality, graduated from an accredited Indonesian university or an overseas university acknowledged by the Indonesian Higher Education Directorate (DIKTI), maximum age 40 (for PhD programme).
    • UK-India Education and Research Initiative - UKREI. This is a major government funding initiative supported by the DfES, FCO and OSI. 
    • British Chevening Scholarships - These scholarships are prestigious awards funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office given to students for study in any subject area but preference is given to postgraduate students or those with an established career.
    • Commonwealth Scholarships - Postgraduate scholarships for Commonwealth students administered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
    • Fulbright student Scholarships - Applicants from the United States can apply to the US-UK Fulbright Commission for a Fulbright Award. 
    • British Marshall Scholarships - Scholarships for high calibers graduate students from the US to study in the UK. 
    • British Federation of Women Graduates - Scholarships available for female postgraduate research students.
    • Croucher Foundation - Scholarships for Hong Kong born students. 
    • Global Education Program (GEP) - Russian government funding program that offers Russian citizens an opportunity to study at leading foreign higher education institutions.
    • Henry Lester Trust - Support awards given to Chinese students (including those from Hong Kong) studying for a PhD.
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