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.
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:
+44 (0)161 275 1200
PhD Funding opportunities
ESRC Open Studentship (closed)
MRes & PhD (1+3) Programme
PhD (+3) 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 2021 through the ‘Accounting & Finance’, ‘Business & Management’ and ‘Science, Technology & Innovation Policy’ pathways.
NWSSDTP studentships are open to both Home and International candidates (including EU and EEA). Applicants are advised to read the ESRC guidance and information on the NWSSDTP website carefully before applying.
Awards are also available in the following Priority Areas:
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Use of ESRC data sets
- Interdisciplinary research, which straddles other research council remits
These awards attract enhanced stipends of £3000 per annum to students whose projects align with the following Specialised Training Routes identified by the ESRC as strengths within the consortium, which fit within the Priority Areas above:
- Longitudinal Data Analysis (for Use of ESRC Data sets)
- Data Science (for Interdisciplinary research, which straddles other research council remits)
We also encourage candidates to identify if their proposed project fits into a Priority Area, but does not fall in one of the Specialised Training Routes outlined above. In these cases, if the candidate is successful, an enhanced stipend will not be payable but the application will be considered positively in terms of fit with a priority area.
PhD (+3) 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 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 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 PhD online application (with supporting documents). Applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application as soon as possible but no later than 16 December 2020
However, early applications are strongly recommended.
EPSRC DTP Studentships 2020/21 (closed)
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.
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
- 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 >>
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:
- Proposal quality and research potential
- Academic track record
- 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:
- Research proposal maximum of 1,500 words excluding reference. Over-length proposals will be automatically excluded from the Faculty consideration.
- A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)
Application Deadline: 1 March 2020
Research Impact PhD Scholarships (closed)
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.
- 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:
- Alliance Manchester Business School PhD application (with supporting documents) online. You should indicate in your application that you are applying for Research Impact funding.
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
For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: firstname.lastname@example.org
RADMA Doctoral Studies Funding 2021/22 (closed)
The RADMA 2021 Doctoral Studies Funding call is now open to fund students from September 2021 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.
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 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:
- An Alliance MBS PhD application form (with supporting documents) by 15 January 2021. 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 2021.
- A RADMA funding application form and Application Spreadsheet (with supporting documents, specified by RADMA) via email to email@example.com by 28 February 2021.
For queries regarding the PhD programme and application process, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office at Alliance Manchester Business School: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards (closed)
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.
- 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.
PhD Scholarship: Financial Technology (FinTech) studies
Following a 2.5million donation by Greensill, a leading British FinTech company founded by Lex Greensill, Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester is looking to recruit talented PhD students in Financial Technology (FinTech). The studentship has an emphasis on the role of technology in financial services and is part of the School’s strategy to strengthen research and teaching on the topic and boost the region’s capacity and capability in Financial Technology (FinTech).
We seek outstanding applicants with a strong academic background who will be comfortable engaging with the vibrant cross-disciplinary community of FinTech across the School and the University. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to produce original and innovative scholarly work and publish at top academic journals in their discipline and at the same time be comfortable in an academic environment.
This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,285 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2021. 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.
Students will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory. All students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and, where possible, deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.
The aim of the PhD funding in financial technology studies is to develop new research projects and academic work in collaboration with AMBS faculty on topics such as:
- The economic effects of technology adoption and use in financial services
- Examining the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in finance and financial services work or leveraging expertise in AI/ML to address issues related to financial markets, financial decision making and financial services
- Digital strategy in banking; market entry strategies of fintech startups
- Regulatory technologies in financial markets and banking or the role of regulatory sandboxes
- Information infrastructures and digital platforms in financial services such as identification infrastructures and digital identity
- The future of money and the role of cryptocurrencies (e.g. CBDCs) as well as the role of distributed-ledger technologies such as blockchain in financial services
- Payment systems/technologies and payments innovation
- Financial inclusion and FinTech applications (e.g. micro-finance, payments, etc.) in developing countries
Many of the projects above, as well as the study of financial technologies generally, are interdisciplinary in nature and thus may require a collaborative effort between colleagues from varied backgrounds and disciplines. Also, the potential impact and benefit from such studies go beyond simply academic achievements and may create an impact on the commercialisation of products and services from partner firms or in the financial services sector in general.
The candidate will be supervised from faculty who are affiliated with the FinTech initiative at Alliance Manchester Business School but may develop research ties with other Schools across The University of Manchester such as the Department of Computer Science (School of Engineering), the Law School (School of Social Sciences), etc. During the PhD study, research collaborations with other notable groups in the UK and Europe as well as institutions in financial services with strong ties to Alliance MBS may also be possible depending on the research project and direction of study.
Applications for the FinTech PhD Scholarship are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of financial technology (FinTech) studies, applications will be accepted from candidates in all fields of core business disciplines ranging from Information Systems, Strategy, Sociology of Finance, to Accounting & Finance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Management Science, Operational Research, and Economics. In that respect, a variety of methodological backgrounds (quantitative or qualitative) are also welcome if one can demonstrate a genuine interest in the study of technology in finance. A background in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Mathematics and Statistics would also be desirable as long as the applicant focuses on problems of significant interest to the financial services community. A combination of more than one of the above would be acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate excellence through relevant study and experience.
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 but dual supervision with faculty from different divisions such as Accounting and Finance (A&F), Innovation, Management & Policy (IMP), and People, Management and Organisations (PMO) will also be possible depending on their academic background, the topic of interest, and research question. All applications should indicate that they wish to be considered for the FinTech initiative.
Your application must contain a research proposal (no more than 3000-words) discussing your topic of interest.
Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered for next year’s intake.
Application deadline: 1 March 2021
For further details about the project, please contact Professor Markos Zachariadis, Greensill Chair in Financial Technology (FinTech) & Information Systems at email@example.com
For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Scholarships (closed)
PhD Accounting and Finance
PhD Business and Management
PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS) is committed to recruiting the highest calibre PhD researchers from across the globe. We are offering a significant number of fully-funded PhD studentships to outstanding candidates wishing to commence their PhD research at Alliance MBS in September 2021.
About Alliance MBS
Inspired by Manchester’s history as a world leader in enterprise, innovation and creativity, Alliance MBS’ research ethos can be defined as “Original Thinking Applied”. We combine cutting-edge and intellectually influential research with a desire to translate this into knowledge and impact on policy and practice.
We are one of the largest and most diverse business schools in the country. The recent £92 million investment into our new building provides state-of-the-art facilities to support our world-leading research. This includes a new data visualisation observatory and behavioural research laboratory.
We are also home to a number of leading research institutes and initiatives, including the Work and Equalities Institute, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Sustainable Consumption Institute and a recently launched £32million Productivity Institute. Much of our work is aligned to the wider University’s research beacons (e.g. global inequalities), which means that you will be joining an interdisciplinary community of world-leading scholars.
Our PhD studentships
These PhD studentships offer three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,285 per year. All researchers receive a generous research support and conference allowance, plus access to:
- A robust doctoral research training programme
- Dedicated research resources (including world-class databases)
- Training in transferable skills
- A visiting speaker seminar programme
- The opportunity to associate with existing research centres and groups.
In addition, all researchers 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.
Applications are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with outstanding academic backgrounds and research proposals in the following areas:
- The future of finance and capital markets
- Investment megatrends
- The regulation of the accounting profession, corporate finance and ethical governance
- New insights into audit practice, standard-setting and oversight systems
- The impact of the fintech revolution
- Business practices & employment in the 21st century:
- Improving productivity and living standards
- Business transformations and work futures
- Fair treatment at work
- Inequalities and the life course
- Regulation and representation
- Healthy workplaces and wellbeing
- Decision making & accountability in an uncertain world:
- Critical management studies
- Behavioural science and business decision making
- Multiple criteria decision analysis and decision support systems
- The role of data science in new business practices
- Socially responsible innovation and global economic growth:
- International business and management
- Innovation management, business models and ecosystems
- Sustainable innovation and systems transitions
- Operations, project and supply chain management
- Marketing, including corporate social responsibility, business to business, international marketing and retailing
- Health innovation management
- Assessment and governance of emerging technologies
- Responsibility in research and innovation
- Managing and measuring policy
- Knowledge production, innovation, technology deployment, and user engagement
- Roles of universities, public research centres, and other organisations in science and innovation
- Evaluation, foresight and strategic intelligence in science, technology and innovation policy
- How societal, economic and state factors interact to shape the production of scientific knowledge and new technologies
- The generation, diffusion and use of innovations
- The development of socio-technical systems
To discover more about the latest research at Alliance Manchester Business School, view the Alliance Manchester Business School Magazine.
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 Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 internet based test), PTE 66.
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to those applicants with an offer of a place on the PhD programme for September 2021 entry.
Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.
4 January 2021
How to apply
To be considered for one of these awards, candidates should submit a PhD application and indicate that they wish to be considered for this funding opportunity.
Contact the Doctoral Programmes Office: email@example.com
China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD Study (closed)
Closing Date: 15 January 2021, 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.
- 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.
- 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: https://www.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0)161 306 3755)
PhD Scholarship: The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on research and innovation practices
Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) 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.
This PhD scholarship offers 3.5 years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,285 per year (pro-rata for the final 6-months) for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2021. 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.
While attention is growing to the social, ethical and regulatory implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI)1 in industry, services, and society, so far there is only limited study of how research and innovation practices are being changed by AI. Proponents suggest that AI can accelerate processes of knowledge discovery and innovation through automated inductive learning from accumulated examples, big data, predictive modelling, and iterative experience, with significant improvements in precision, scope, and productivity.
Multiple concerns are already surfacing about the effectiveness, reliability, bias, and ethics of AI methods in learning from data (Shaw 2019). At the same time, it is suggested that AI-driven research and innovation is allowing – and will increasingly allow – the making of discoveries that humans could not make by themselves, leading to a “reinvention of the way we invent” (Rotman, 2019). The availability of large volumes of data across different domains, including chemistry, engineering biology, materials science, human health and pharmaceutical research but also including literary analysis and other social sciences, has motivated new demands for AI’s machine learning methods to accelerate discovery and to explore approaches that humans might not conceive.
Given that AI is expected to machine-generate new types of questions as well as provide new answers to existing questions, there is a need to investigate the impact of AI research and innovation processes in the academic and industrial contexts. These impacts generate new challenges for research and innovation management, research ethics, and science and innovation policy.
This PhD project will investigate the adoption of AI in research and innovation practices in companies and public organisations and its implications by pursuing three interrelated research objectives. First, the project will explore how and where AI is being introduced into research and innovation processes. Second, focusing on organisations, the project will examine how AI intersects with research and innovation practices, exploring how it draws upon – and where it changes – extant processes of knowledge discovery, teamwork, the crafting of research outputs, as well as how it influences productivity and innovation. Third, the project will investigate the implications for the management of AI in research and innovation processes at institutional, research system, and policy levels.
The project will primarily employ qualitative methods. The proposed methods should be outlined in the research proposal. Possible mixes of methods may include: (i) Landscape and scanning analyses informed by immersion in the available literature and use of secondary sources to identify the status and trajectories of how AI is being deployed in research and innovation processes. Narratives may be developed about how AI in research and innovation processes is currently unfolding and how it is anticipated to develop going forward. (ii) Investigation of exemplary cases of the relationship between AI and research and innovation practices, using ethnographic research (i.e., qualitative interviews and participant observation) with relevant companies and public organisations leading in applying AI in their own research and innovation processes. (iii) Policy and governance analyses, drawing on interviews conducted with a variety of stakeholders to comprehend the institutional context for AI applications in research and innovation, key issues, and governance approaches.
BEIS 2019. AI Sector Deal. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/artificial-intelligence-sector-deal/ai-sector-deal
Flasiński M. 2011. Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40022-8.
Rotman D. 2019. AI is reinventing the way we invent. MIT Technology Review. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612898/ai-is-reinventing-the-way-we-invent/
Shaw J. 2019. Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: Ethics and the dawn of decision-making machines. Harvard Magazine. https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2019/01/artificial-intelligence-limitations
WIPO. 2019. Artificial Intelligence. World Technology Trends. World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva.
The PhD project will be undertaken at the AMBS Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) as part of the Emerging Technologies and Governance group under the supervision of Professor Philip Shapira and Dr Barbara Ribeiro. The project will contribute to University and AMBS research themes on the digital revolution, productivity, and the governance of emerging technologies.
Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international 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 Science, Technology & Innovation Policy programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.
Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic. The project can be proposed as a conventional or journal format dissertation. See also guidance on preparing a PhD research proposal.
Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadline will not be considered.
Application deadline: 2 April 2021
For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: email@example.com