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PhD Funding and Studentships

PhD funding sources.

There are a number of sources of PhD degree funding available including doctoral loans, PhD scholarships and studentships. Remaining opportunities for 2020/21 entry are listed on this page.

You will need to check that you meet our PhD degree requirements before applying for funding. 

We also encourage you to approach other sources (such as your home government, Ministry of Education or employer) to enquire if they have any funding schemes available to which you can apply. 

Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office:
mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 275 1200

PhD Funding opportunities

If you are an eligible postgraduate Doctoral student, you can apply for a loan of up to £25,000 to contribute to overall costs.

Read more about Doctoral loans >>

MRes & PhD (1+3 years) Programme
PhD (+3 years) Programme

Alliance Manchester Business School as part of the North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) - a major collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele - is recruiting outstanding candidates for ESRC studentships commencing September 2020 through the Business and Management and Accounting and Finance pathways.

Eligibility 
Eligibility is determined by the ESRC's eligibility criteria so you are advised to read the ESRC guidance and information on the NWSSDTP website carefully before applying.
UK and EU students are eligible to apply:

  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award paying tuition fees only
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance

International applicants are not normally eligible for ESRC Studentships unless the proposed research is recognised as Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM). UK, EU and international applicants wishing to study in an AQM area may apply for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

Criteria
PhD (+3 years) applicants must have obtained a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold, or expect to obtain, a Masters-level qualification with a Distinction.

Exceptional Undergraduate students who hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) may apply to study as 1+3 years applicants.

How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, there is a dual application procedure.  Candidates must submit the following:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School online PhD application (with supporting documents). Applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application as soon as possible but no later than 2 January 2020.

and

However, early applications are strongly recommended.

Enquiries
Details are available on the NWSSDTP website.

The Faculty of Humanities is offering one full-time PhD studentship under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2020. The studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at the UKRI approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £15,000 and a £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG). Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend.

Eligibility criteria

1. The award is open to UK and EU candidates.

2. Candidates must have an upper second class honours degree or above and a master’s degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. Additionally, they are expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.

3. Depending on the candidate’s residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or tuition fees only studentship. Read the eligibility guidance >>

4. The proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follows:

  • Digital economy
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Global uncertainties
  • Healthcare technologies
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Living with environmental change
  • Manufacturing the future
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Quantum technologies
  • Research infrastructure

Candidates and supervisors should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research themes and sub-themes.

5. The award can be converted to CASE where the projects have non-HEI collaboration, although the collaborating partner is required to provide significant cash contribution. Read more information on the ESPRC website >>

Selection Process

Alliance Manchester Business School is able to nominate one candidate of high calibre whose research project is aligned with EPSRC research theme(s). Due to the nature of EPSRC’s research priorities, it is expected that the number of nominations in each school will vary according to the relevance of the above themes. Nominations will scored based on:

  1. Proposal quality and research potential
  2. Academic track record
  3. How well the proposed project fits with the EPSRC research theme(s)

How to apply

Candidates should submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity. If your application is chosen for nomination, you will be asked to provide the following documents, which will form part of the nomination:

  1. Research proposal maximum of 1,500 words excluding reference. Over-length proposals will be automatically excluded from the Faculty consideration.
  2. A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)

Application Deadline: 1 March 2020

Three PhD scholarships are available for doctoral studies in the Faculty of Humanities, The University of Manchester, commencing 2020-21. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to The University of Manchester (please see https://your.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).

The scholarship value is £19,500 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance. Additional funding of up to £1,500 per year is available to support placement, overseas institutional visit, research training and conference attendance at the discretion of the Faculty PGR Committee Chair.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 2:1 Honours and Masters degrees from a reputable higher education institution and meet the other entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to join.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status.
  • Their proposed research project must be related to one of the University's philanthropic research themes

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.

How to Apply 
Candidates must submit the following:

and

Your application will be considered for admission for the PhD programme. The School will be able to nominate up to 2 candidates of high calibre and whose research project is related to the above research theme(s). All school nominations will then be considered by the Faculty committee to select the top two Faculty nominations to be submitted to DDAR. 

Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

The RADMA 2020 Doctoral Studies Funding call is now open to fund students from September 2020 onwards.   

The award is focused on supporting students of research technology and innovation management and is closely associated with the R&D Management journal and conferences.  It provides up to three years’ funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students.  The expectation is that candidates will have a Masters degree in a relevant field or an excellent first degree or equivalent.  Candidates will be expected to complete yearly progress reports and make a copy of their thesis available to RADMA upon its completion.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for funding, you must be accepted for PhD study at a UK university (see “How to Apply” below).  Applications for the funding must be supported by the your PhD supervisor.  Awards will be granted to, and administered through, the institution and not individual candidates.  The award will cover costs related to fees and specified living expenses up to a maximum of £20,000 per academic year (pro-rata for part-time students; partial funding is a possibility) and conditional upon the receipt of acceptable annual progress reports.

For the full call for proposals, RADMA funding application forms, and terms and conditions, visit the RADMA website >>

How to Apply
There is a dual application procedure and you must submit the following:

  1. An Alliance MBS PhD application form (with supporting documents) by 17 January 2020. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for RADMA funding. You must also hold an offer for the PhD by 21 February 2020.
  2. RADMA funding application form and Application Spreadsheet (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to info@radma.net by 29 February 2020.

Enquiries

For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

If you have any further questions about this funding, visit the RADMA website or contact RADMA directly at info@radma.net.

This flagship funding scheme will give the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects. In addition to standard awards which include tuition fee and stipend, the PDS Award entitles you to an additional £1,000 p.a. enhancement to your funded stipend/living allowance.

You also have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a series of exclusive events where you'll have the opportunity to meet The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students
  • Benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
  • Become a PDS Award ambassador for the University
  • Receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal
  • Benefit from our extensive postgraduate researcher development and training

The prestigious PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and research areas. Decisions are based on your academic track record and evidence of your research potential.

You will only be considered for this award if you have been offered a place on an Alliance MBS PhD pathway for September 2020 entry. 

Application deadline: 17 January 2020

You are advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application won’t be considered.

Criteria

  • You need to have achieved a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold (or expect to obtain) a Masters-level qualification with Distinction.
  • You should have a track-record of research engagement (including relevant research experience and dissemination) and/or potential for outstanding research, as demonstrated in the quality of your proposal submitted as part of your application.

How to apply 
You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester is committed to recruiting the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship is focused on supporting students of leadership development improvement in healthcare. This PhD offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2020. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Patient safety, finances and quality challenges persist in healthcare. In response to public concern, there has been an increased focus on leadership development.

One leadership development response is the establishment of the NHS Leadership Academy ‘Anderson’ Programme; an MSc in Healthcare Leadership targeted at senior leaders within the English NHS. Over 1,651 NHS leaders have now graduated from the programme. The aim of this PhD is to explore one or more of the three strategic themes (the ‘golden threads’) of the Anderson programme: the patient experience; equality, diversity and inclusion; and sustaining improvement. The study will in particular focus on the underlying mechanisms that influence leadership development and leadership practices.

The Anderson programme is delivered by a consortium of institutions including the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham on behalf of the NHS Leadership Academy. Two scholarships are being funded by the Anderson Programme, one at each University. Prospective PhD candidates are asked to consider their location preferences before applying for the PhD Scholarship and are asked to only apply to one Institution for the Anderson PhD Scholarship. Location and institution cannot be changed after application.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic of healthcare leadership development and aligned with one or more of the three stated golden threads of the Anderson programme.

Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: 30 June 2020

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Professor Ann Mahon at ann.mahon@manchester.ac.uk

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

These PhD studentships offer 3 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year. You also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.

You will have access to:

  • A robust doctoral research training programme
  • Dedicated research resources
  • Training in transferable skills
  • Visiting speaker seminar programme
  • Existing research centres and groups

In addition, you are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance your experience in preparation for your future career.

We are seeking applications from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research proposals in the following areas:

PhD Accounting and Finance >>

  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Management Accounting
  • Market Based Accounting Research
  • Asset Pricing and Market Microstructure
  • Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance
  • Financial Econometrics

PhD Business and Management >>

  • Critical Management Studies
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • International Business and Management
  • Decision Science
  • Information Systems
  • Operational Research
  • Marketing
  • Innovation Management
  • Health Management
  • Organisational Studies
  • Fairness and Dignity at Work
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Data Science
  • Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Policy
  • Strategy

PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy >>

  • Assessment and governance of emerging technologies
  • Responsibility in research and innovation
  • Managing and measuring science, technology and innovation policy
  • Knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
  • Roles for universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
  • Evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy

Eligibility
You must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 623 (100 internet-based test) PTE 66.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with an offer to start the PhD Programme in September 2020.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. If you don’t submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines your application will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 27 March 2020

How to apply

You need to submit an Alliance MBS PhD application and indicate that you wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Closing Date: 15 January 2020, but subject to change

The University of Manchester is pleased to continue a formal Agreement with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to develop research collaborations between UK and Chinese universities/research institutions.

Benefits

  • The University of Manchester will cover your full tuition fees for the period of the programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually 3 years)
  • The CSC provides living allowances as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government, and covers the round-trip airfare for you from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

If your application is successful, you will be responsible for arranging your visa into the country, and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for a failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry and study in Manchester.

Criteria

  • You must be a citizen and permanent resident of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application. If you are an overseas based Chinese student, you may be eligible subject to CSC policy at the time (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year)
  • If your application is successful you must return to China upon completion of your studies and/or research
  • You must hold an unconditional offer letter from The University of Manchester. They must therefore fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC on their website.

Application and selection process

  • You need to submit a PhD application to The University of Manchester. You need to specify in your application that you wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme.
  • The University of Manchester will evaluate all applications and rank them in priority order.
  • After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application for funding and employer reference (Application form available online at: http://apply.csc.edu.cn) by the set deadline confirmed by CSC. Please see the above website for the dates of when the CSC application portal will open and close.
  • CSC will evaluate all of the applications according to their requirements and priorities, and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

For CSC-related queries, contact: Shemsah Farooq, International Officer, International Development, The University of Manchester (shemsah.farooq@manchester.ac.uk; +44 (0)161 306 3755)

A full-time PhD research studentship, including full stipend and tuition fee costs, is available for 4 years starting September 2020. The PhD student will conduct research as part of the EPSRC Industrial CASE Award funded project, Tuning Bayesian Optimization for Problems with Dynamic Resource Constraints. EPSRC Industrial CASE Awards are flagship collaboration projects between industry and academia, aiming to create the research scientists of tomorrow and deliver real value to all stakeholders. 

Theme of the PhD project

Closed-loop optimization deals with problems in which candidate solutions are evaluated by conducting experiments, e.g. physical or biochemical experiments. Although this form of optimization is becoming more popular across the sciences, it may be subject to rather unexplored resourcing issues, as any experiment may require resources in order to be conducted.

In this PhD project, we are concerned with (i) understanding how Bayesian optimization is affected by dynamic resource constraints – a type of constraint that models the availability of resources (e.g. raw materials, storage, computing power and storage, skilled engineers, equipment and machines, budget, etc) required to conduct a physical experiment or run a time-consuming simulation – and (ii) the development of search strategies to tackle this particular problem issue.  

The team at IBM Research are focused on cutting-edge research in advanced Bayesian modelling, including Bayesian Optimization, and are thus invested in how Bayesian Optimization can be extended to challenging optimization tasks. The project will, therefore, contribute directly to IBM's ongoing research, with the opportunity for influencing future IBM products. From a scientific perspective, this project will lead to cross-disciplinary research and output that is of high quality and significance.

Supervision

The successful candidate will be supervised by academics at the Management Sciences and Marketing Division at Alliance Manchester Business School: Dr Richard Allmendinger, Dr Manuel Lopez-Ibanez, Dr Jonathan Shapiro, Prof Joshua Knowles. Dr Matt Benatan, Algorithms Subgroup Subgroup Lead in Machine Learning and AI, from IBM Research UK, will act as external supervisor and lead the industrial input into this research.

The Management Sciences group hosts a number of leading world-class academics with an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching programmes at all levels. The group has a superb research track record, with staff regularly publishing in leading international academic journals and conferences. The group maintains a deep commitment to knowledge development and collaborative research and has long-standing connections with the business and public sector organisations.

Nature of the studentship

The studentship will commence in September 2020 and will be available for up to four years, with a stipend equivalent to UKRI rates (approx. £15,285 tax-free for 2020/21 and subject to change for future years), plus an industrial top-up stipend from IBM, subject to contract. This also covers full university tuition fees (at Home/EU level), and travel support for fieldwork, conferences and annual visits to IBM.  

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK and EU candidates with an outstanding academic background in the fields of machine learning (in particular Gaussian processes) or Bayesian/data-driven/dynamic optimization.  You must demonstrate that you are highly motivated, intellectually astute, with high-level analytical competencies and development skills.  

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction.  English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

Application

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business and Management by 30 June 2020, and indicate that they wish to be considered for the EPSRC/IBM INDUSTRIAL CASE PhD Studentship: Tuning Bayesian Optimization for Problems with Dynamic Resource Constraints.

The application must contain the following:

  • A 3000-word research proposal related to the topic, and
  • A written statement clearly indicating how your research competencies and interests to date are aligned with the specific nature of the PhD projects.

You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible.  If you do not submit the required supporting documents outlined above by the deadline, your application will not be considered.

Enquiries

If you are interested in this project, please contact Dr Richard Allmendinger (richard.allmendinger@manchester.ac.uk) with an up-to-date CV including any publication profile. 

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham (mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk)

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