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Alternative funding sources

If you are successful in securing funding from an external organisation please contact the Doctoral Academy, who are able to provide you with details of how to recruit a suitable student.

The Academy can also provide data and information to help support your application for funding.

Each year the Faculty does have a limited and competitive discretionary fund for PGR recruitment but does not have any funding for the recruitment of MPhil students. As a result all MPhil students in the Faculty have self arranged funding (typically private funds). 

Charity Studentships

A large number of charities and trust funds offer Studentships to support potential research.  Individual charities may have additional criteria relating to the work of the charity itself and sometimes there are other eligibility requirements that must be met.  The funds available can vary from a few hundred to several thousands.  The Charity Studentship Spreadsheet provides a list of current charities, website details, the charity's remit, deadline dates and details outlining the funding available.  The Doctoral Academy will update the list on a regular basis.

Research Impact Scholarships

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations supports the recruitment of PhD students via Research Impact Scholarships (RIS). The Doctoral Academy Management Group has agreed to supplement these funds in order to offer three fully-funded PhD studentships, commencing September 2020.  The studentships will cover UK/EU tuition fees, RCUK level stipend and consumables support (£3k/year) for 3 years. Information on how to propose a project and student is on this proforma which should be completed and returned to the Doctoral Academy no later than Friday 24 April 2020

PhD Programme with Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

The Doctoral Academy has agreed to fully-funded two PhD studentships, commencing September 2020, in conjunction with the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel.

The key features of this programme will be:

  • Joint supervision provided by PIs at both institutions.
  • Student long-term research visits to the partner institution at WIS, lasting between 6 and 24 months.
  • Students register in Manchester and be awarded a University of Manchester PhD; students and supervisors will follow University of Manchester progression milestones.
  • During the visits the students will be fully integrated in the laboratories of the partner institutions and follow group meetings, seminars and required training workshops.
  • Funding for the programme will be supported in part by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in Manchester and WIS; funding will cover tuition fees (UK/EU), student stipend, flight allowances and a limited amount of consumables (while at WIS the stipend covers housing but not consumables).

The proposed projects must deliver added value through two-centre research activities which advance joint research interests with regular communication between collaborating laboratories. PIs potentially interested need to make personal contact with the likely PI supervisor at WIS to agree the project. The completed proforma should be returned to the Doctoral Academy by 5pm, Friday 13 December 2019. Approved projects will be advertised on the Faculty website and interviews will chaired by Christoph Ballestrem.

If you have any queries about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact Tasleem Hanif. PIs can seek guidance regarding potential collaborations from Dr Christoph Ballestrem.