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Funding options for international applicants

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:

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

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.


President’s Doctoral Scholar Award

For entry in September 2020, the Doctoral Academy Management Group has agreed to divide the PDS allocation across three main categories: 

1)   Three fully-funded PDS PhD scholarships for international candidates (one per School)

2)    Ad-hoc PDS awards to support international candidates who require a small top-up for tuition fees/stipend (ie Government sponsored or self-funded students)

3)    Stipend enhancement awards of £1,000pa available to candidates in receipt of a full studentship/scholarship.  As per the Faculty international recruitment strategy, priority will be given to the most outstanding international candidates.

The allocation of these awards will be overseen by the School PGR Committee. 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.


  • Fully-Funded PDS Award
    Full details on the criteria for the fully-funded PDS PhD Scholarships, funding process and timeframe can be found here.  Supervisors must submit an application form once their candidate has received a formal offer by Friday 27 March 2020. 

    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 overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. The expectation is that only the very best quality students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects are put forward by the supervisory team. Formal panel interviews will then be conducted, consisting of independent academic members of staff from the relevant School PGR Committee.  Offers of studentships will be made by the relevant School following interviews. 
  • Partial PDS Award & Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship
    Application form for the ad-hoc PDS and Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship awards 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 to a small number of applicants. 

  • PDS Recognition Award
    Application forms for the PDS recognition award will be sent through to relevant supervisors.  Candidates must hold a formal offer, meet the criteria and have secured a full studentship/scholarship.   


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

The University has an institutional agreement with 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 2020, which are jointly funded through CSC and the Doctoral Academy (2 per School). Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, and allocation of these awards will be overseen by School PGR Committees. Full details on the criteria, funding process and timeframe can be found here.  Supervisors must submit a nomination form by Friday 12 February 2020.


PhD Programme with Integrated teaching certificate

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

For information about international funding options, please contact: