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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.