We are pleased to announce that the University of Manchester is making a significant investment in Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) by raising the minimum stipend for 2022/23 to £17,668 full time equivalent for all PGRs who are on a studentship funded directly by the University. This will see University of Manchester funded stipends rise by more than £2000 from the 2021/22 level, in line with the minimum stipend provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to all UKRI-funded PGRs.
The increase will take place for those PGRs in receipt of a University of Manchester, wholly or partly funded studentship, who are commencing or continuing their studies from 1st October 2022.
The University also provides support to all PGRs through the Living Cost Support Fund. Any PGRs who are experiencing financial difficulty can apply for support with costs like private accommodation, utilities, food shopping, childcare etc. Further information on eligibility, costs covered, and the application form can all be found on the Living Cost Support Fund website. Please also remember the University’s support services and the Togetherall (free online mental health and wellbeing support 24/7) are also available to all PGRs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What changes have UKRI and the University made to the stipends for PGRs on studentships they fund?
Both UKRI and UoM have increased the stipends for the PGRs they fund by 10%, to a minimum of £17,688 per annum from 1 Oct 2022.
Who is eligible to receive the new minimum stipend for 2022/23?
All PGRs in receipt of a stipend funded by UKRI or a studentship funded, wholly or in part, by the University of Manchester (e.g. those funded by their Faculty, School, President’s Doctoral Scholar scheme or donor) will receive the increased stipend.
When will I receive the increased stipend level if I am eligible?
UKRI-funded and University of Manchester-funded PGRs will be eligible for the increased rate from 1 Oct 2022. The University will endeavour to make the increased payments as soon as possible, but there may be slight delays due to internal processing. You should receive the first increased payment during October 2022.
If I am part funded by the University of Manchester, will I receive the full minimum stipend or only the increase for the component paid by the eligible sponsor?
If any fraction of your studentship is funded directly by the University, then you will receive the full new minimum stipend - £17,688 per annum.
What support is available if I am not eligible for the new minimum stipend in 2022/23?
The University also provides support to all PGRs through the Living Cost Support Fund. Any PGRs who are experiencing financial difficulty can apply to request support with costs like private accommodation, utilities, food shopping, childcare etc. Further information on eligibility, costs covered, and the application form can all be found on the Living Cost Support Fund website.
What is the University doing about external funders that don’t pay the new minimum stipend?
The University, together with other members of the Russell Group, are lobbying other Funders to match the new minimum stipend level set by UKRI.
If I am funded by UKRI or the University of Manchester and have been granted an extension to programme, will I receive the new stipend rate from 1st October?
Yes, you will receive the new minimum stipend from October 2022 if you are funded by an eligible sponsor.
Further questions can be directed as follows:
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health - https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/doctoral-academy/essential-information/contacts/support/ or email the Doctoral Academy Doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
- Faculty of Humanities - https://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/connect/contact/
- Faculty of Science and Engineering – http://www.se.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/contacts/#d.en.762556