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International funding opportunities

The Doctoral Academy is able to offer the most outstanding international applicants financial support towards their PGR programme, either as a tuition fee discount or stipend support. The routes available include:

  • Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Award

Information on the application process and timeframes can be found on the Faculty website. Supervisors can direct applicants to that information; however, the Doctoral Academy Admissions team will also provide this information to applicants when appropriate.

Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship

Application form for the Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship award to support international candidates who require a small top-up for tuition fees/stipend (ie Government-sponsored or self-funded students) can be requested from Tasleem Hanif. Your candidate must meet the criteria to be considered and provide evidence that they can meet the majority of the costs of their PhD (tuition fees and stipend) through a scholarship they have obtained themselves or through personal funds.  Please note partial awards are only available to a small number of applicants. 

President’s Doctoral Scholar Award

For entry in September 2022, the Doctoral Academy Leadership Team has agreed to support three fully-funded PDS PhD scholarships for international candidates.

The allocation of these awards will be overseen by the School PGR Committee and the Director for International Recruitment. Each year the competition for the fully-funded PDS award is extremely strong. Potential supervisors are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team to clarify the degree classification of potential candidates if they are unsure of eligibility before progressing with an application.

Download full details on the criteria for the fully-funded PDS PhD Scholarships, funding process and timeframe. Supervisors must submit an application form once their candidate has received a formal offer by Friday 29 April 2022. 

Student quality and shortlisting - 
Academic excellence of the applicant is paramount. Candidates should hold (or be about to obtain) a First with honours in their undergraduate degree (or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject. The expectation is that only the very best quality students of the highest calibre who show leadership potential and demonstrate academic excellence are put forward by the supervisory team. 

Interviews -  Each School PGRC will prioritise their top two candidates to be interviewed.  An Interview panel comprising of the three School PGR Directors with the Director for International Recruitment as nominated Chair will interview candidates.  To support the development of links with Kenya, should two candidates of equal quality be identified following the panel interviews, priority will be given to the project/candidate linked to that region.


China Scholarship Council-The University of Manchester (CSC-UoM) Joint Scholarship Programme

The University has an institutional agreement with the China Scholarship Council to support the most outstanding postgraduate research students via the Manchester Joint Scholarship Programme.  FBMH will be awarded a maximum of 6 studentships for entry in September 2022, which are jointly funded through CSC and the Doctoral Academy. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, and allocation of these awards will be overseen by School PGR Committees and the Director for International Recruitment. Download full details on the criteria, funding process and timeframe.  Supervisors must submit a nomination form by Friday 18 February 2022.

To continue to build on and support the Faculty strategic priorities with China, nominations in particular from Peking University Health Science Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University are strongly encouraged.

Consideration of candidates currently studying at the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester policy is for new student applications to be prioritised for the CSC-UoM Joint Scholarship programme for PhD study. The scholarship opportunity is prioritised for new students from China, applying for PhD level study and not students that have already commenced their study with us. However, it is understood that some supervisors may consider putting forward a current Masters student.  If this is the case it is expected that this type of student would be of exceptional quality.  Supervisors should contact Tasleem Hanif if they are unsure before nominating.  Students that have already commenced their PhD study at the university are not eligible to apply. 


CONACyT International Scholarships 2021/22

The University is pleased to partner with CONACyT to support the most outstanding postgraduate research students from Mexico.  For entry in September 2021 or January 2022, the Doctoral Academy Leadership Team has agreed to support up to four CONACyT scholarships for international candidates. The Director for International Recruitment will oversee the allocation of these awards.

Full details on the criteria, priority areas, funding process and timeframe can be found here.  Supervisors must submit a nomination form by Friday 28 May 2021


PhD Programme with Integrated teaching certificate

We are currently recruiting to our bespoke 4 year PhD Programme with an integrated teaching certificate available to international applicants. This allows students to obtain a professional qualification in higher education teaching skills. 

Entry Requirements: Applicants are expected to have gained a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area, or the equivalent international qualification

Application Process: Applicants apply using the online portal, the same process for all PGR programmes

Expected timetable:

 September 2022 entry pointJanuary 2023 entry pointApril 2023 entry point
Year 1 (Oct 22 - Sept 23) no units (Jan 23 - Dec 23) no units (Apr 23 - Mar 24) no units
Year 2 (Oct 23 - Sept 24)

Unit 1 (Sept 23) & Unit 2 (Nov 23)

(Jan 24 - Dec 24)

Unit 1 (Sept 24) & Unit 2 (Nov 24)

(Apr 24 - Mar 25)

Unit 1 (Sept 24) & Unit 2 (Nov 24)

Year 3 (Oct 24 - Sept 25)
Unit 3 (Feb 24)

(Jan 25 - Dec 25)

Unit 3 (Feb 25)

(Apr 25 - Mar 26)

Unit 3 (Feb 25)

Year 4 (Oct 25 - Sept 26) no units (Jan 26 - Dec 26) no units (Apr 26 - Mar 27) no units

Key information:

  • Undertake a PhD project in an internationally recognised research environment.
  • Develop teaching skills and gain a postgraduate certificate in higher education.
  • Enhance critical thinking and research skills through taught courses.
  • Access support to develop academic writing.
  • Broaden research techniques and gain transferable skills.
  • Take courses in research methods in discipline-related topics.
  • Learn in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Gain a competitive edge for a career in Higher Education

Supervisors can view the programme website and discuss this route with potential applicants.  You can also view some FAQs that may help you decide if this is the right programme for your student.

For information about international funding options, please contact: