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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Funding for postgraduate research

We have an excellent track record of securing funded studentships for our research programmes through the UK Research Councils and industry sponsorship.

Each year we welcome more than 30 postgraduate researchers onto our research programmes and projects and support them to secure funding.

There are several funding streams that you can take advantage of when you come to study with us, including bursaries, Research Council grants and scholarships. More details of each can be found below.

Department funding

Each year we offer a number of project studentships to help cover the costs of your research project. These studentships are awarded on a competitive basis to home and EU applicants who have successfully applied to their chosen PhD programme.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. 

The University of Manchester is offering fully funded four year PhD studentships with an integrated teaching certificate. For a list of available projects and further details about the funding please see the University website.

Industrial funding

We have excellent connections within industry and have developed partnerships with leading companies around the world. Through these partnerships we can help you to secure industrial funding for your postgraduate research training. To find out more about industrial funding and which research projects include industrial funding, please contact us.

University of Manchester-Chinese Scholarship Council joint PhD scheme

The University of Manchester in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) will fund up to 40 studentships for students from China. The University will cover the full tuition fees and some research costs while the CSC will provide living allowances and some travel/visa expenses.

University of Manchester-University of Melbourne Dual Award PhD scholarship scheme

The University of Manchester has existing, highly productive links with the University of Melbourne and now wish to extend this relationship to our Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) by establishing collaborative postgraduate research projects. Up to ten fully-funded studentships are now available for applications to a defined list of projects.

Find out more on the University website for the Dual-award between The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne.

Faculty Dean’s Award PhD scholarships

The Faculty of Science and Engineering will fund PhD studentships through the Dean’s PhD Scholarship Awards. These awards are open to all nationalities and research areas within the Faculty and will be allocated to outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities, based on the academic track-record of applicants and evidence of research potential. The award will fund tuition fee, research costs and living allowance for 3.5 years of programme.

Further information and entry criteria can be found on the Dean's Doctoral Scholarship page, on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website.