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Postgraduate research funding

The School of Law receives money from a range of sources to help our postgraduate researchers fund their studies.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) DTP Studentships

EPSRC DTP studentships 2017-18 

The School of Law of The University of Manchester is pleased to welcome applications for postgraduate research studentship awards as part of the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership for candidates wishing to start PhD study in September 2017. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £14,500 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG) for the student. Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend.

Eligibility criteria

  1. The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
  2. Candidates must have an upper second class honours degree or above and a masters degree with an overall mark of 60% or above, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or experience. Additionally, they are expected to meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme.
  3. Depending on the candidate’s residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or tuition fees only studentship. Eligibility guidance.
  4. The proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follow:
    • Energy
    • Global uncertainties
    • Healthcare technologies
    • Living with environmental change
    • Manufacturing the future
  5. Students who have started the PhD are not eligible    
  6. January starters are eligible but they must meet the applications deadline below

Application process

Expression of interest in EPSRC funding and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday, 31 March 2017.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after this will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered. 

To apply, email the following documentation to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk:

  1. PhD application form
  2. Degree certificate and transcripts
  3. Research proposal maximum of 1,500 words excluding reference. Over-length proposals will be automatically excluded from the Faculty consideration.
  4. A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words)
  5. Two academic references  

Faculty of Humanities School of Law PGR Studentships

Overview

  • The award will cover tuition fees plus annual maintenance grant of £14,296 (2016/2017)
  • Available to UK, EU and international students who have made application for one of our PhD programmes by 10 March 2017 (current students are not eligible for this funding)
  • You must hold a First Class Honours/ High 2.1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree and a distinction/high merit or equivalent in your postgraduate degree
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 10 March 2017      

Further information 

Successful candidates who have a suitable postgraduate qualification will register onto the PhD Law/Criminology programme and the Scholarship will continue for three years, on condition that they continue to reach the milestones required for progression to the following year.

Successful candidates who do not possess a suitable postgraduate qualification but wish to undertake postgraduate research in law/criminology/bioethics will register in the first instance for the MPhil and are expected to upgrade to PhD for two further years. 

Deadlines

An application for the research degree programme with all supporting documentation must be received in the School by 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017 at the very latest if you do not already hold an offer for a study place with us. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017 will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply 

Minimum entry requirements

  1. For PhD programmes the minimum entry requirements are an Upper Second Class Honours degree with minimum grade averages of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level with overall average marks of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, plus prior research training at postgraduate level. 
  2. Students whose first language is not English are required to hold a minimum overall score of 7 in the IELTS test with 7 in writing and no subsection below 6.5. 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Overview

  • Tuition fees paid plus annual maintenance grant of approximately £14,296 per annum as paid in 2016/17. Students opting to study part time will receive a pro rata maintenance grant of the equivalent of a full time award.

Academic eligibility

For 1+3 studentships, candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good undergraduate honours degree at first or upper second class level. Current undergraduate students can apply during the third year of their degree, prior to completion, and will need to provide interim transcripts to support their application. 

In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. It will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree, and at what level. 

Candidates must be planning to study in an ESRC recognised pathways. 

Please note that the supervisory fit of your prospective supervision team will be taken into consideration when the application is assessed during the competition.

Residential eligibility

Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. 

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the

UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time  education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award. 

Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

  • Deadline for applications:  3 January, 2017

Further information

ESRC funding for 2017 onwards will be available through a new initiative, the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The University of Manchester (along with the Universities of Liverpool, Keele and Lancaster) is pleased to be able to forward for the consideration applications for ESRC 1+3 (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD study) or +3 (3 years PhD study only) Studentships to commence in 2017-2018 through the following schemes: 

1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s + Three Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme.

2+2 Scheme (Two Years Master’s + Two Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme is only available for students in Economics. It will provide support for students undertaking a two year MRes programme followed by a doctoral programme.

+3 Scheme (Three years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree.

+2 Scheme (Two Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme is as the +3 scheme, but for students who are already in the first year of their doctoral study at one of the four eligible universities. Such students may apply for support for two years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Students who have completed more than one year full-time study (or two years part-time) are not eligible to apply for funding.

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an AHRC Studentship or an ESRC Studentship (see below). Candidates wanting to conduct research in traditional legal subject areas or in healthcare ethics/bioethics should apply for an AHRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship. The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification: AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRC supports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system.

How to apply

To apply for an ESRC award, candidates must have applied for a place on a research programme at the School of Law by 3 January 2017 at the very latest: 

Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the ESRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). 

Funding applications must be received by the School of Law by 5pm on 3 January 2017 in order to be considered. Funding applications along with references and transcripts should be emailed to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk by the deadline. 

The funding application form, accompanying guidelines and list of contacts for each institution are available to download from the links below. 

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

Overview

  • Tuition fees paid plus annual maintenance grant of approximately £14,296 per annum as paid in 2016/17.

Academic eligibility

Candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level, from a UK academic institution. Applicants for +3 awards should normally possess or be studying for a Master’s degree. In the majority of cases, candidates will have undertaken an undergraduate course and Masters course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. In both cases, it will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree, and at what level.

Residential eligibility

Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK in order to qualify for a full award. This includes candidates who have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application and resident for this 3-year period for reasons other than education. Also candidates that have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. 

Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are now eligible for full awards maintenance and tuition fees if they have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their programme. Candidates from EU countries who have not resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of their programme will be eligible for a fees-only award. 

Deadline for applications:  3 January, 2017

Further information

The School of Law is able to nominate applications for the following Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentships schemes from prospective PhD students: 

1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s + Three Years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme. Please refer to Application Guidance, sub-section 9. 

+2 Scheme (Two years Doctoral Study – For current first year students only)
This scheme will provide support for up to two years of full time study, or four years of part-time study for students who are currently registered onto the first year of a programme leading the award of a doctoral degree. Students in their second or third year will not be eligible for funding. 

+3 Scheme (Three years Doctoral Study)
This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. 

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an AHRC Studentship or an ESRC Studentship (see below). Candidates wanting to conduct research in traditional legal subject areas or in healthcare ethics/bioethics should apply for an AHRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship. The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification: AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRC supports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system. 

How to apply

To apply for an AHRC award, candidates must have applied for a place on a research programme at the School of Law by the 3 of January 2017 at the very latest. 

Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the AHRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). 

Funding applications must be received by the School of Law by 5pm, 3 January 2017 in order to be considered. Funding applications along with references and transcripts should be emailed to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk by the deadline. 

The funding application form, accompanying guidelines and list of contacts for each institution are available to download from the links below.

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards 2016

Overview

PDS awards offer funding for postgraduate research studies in any subject areas in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, School of Environment, Education and Development, School of Law, Manchester Business School and School of Social Sciences.

The awards are allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from academic year 2017-18.

PDS scholars will:

  • be invited to attend a series of events with the opportunity to meet the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Scholars;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS Award ambassador for the University;
  • receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class honours degree and a master’s degree with merit or distinction (or equivalent). They should have a track-record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes/accolades for previous research work, setting up research collaborations with other groups etc.

UK, EU and overseas candidates are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications for PDS funding and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by 10 March 2017.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on 10th  March will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

In order to ensure that you are ready to apply for the funding, please submit your PhD application by 10 February 2017 at the very latest. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

The application form is available for download via the link below:

E-mail your completed funding application form to:

Research Impact PhD Scholarship 2016/17

Overview

Two PhD scholarships are available in the Faculty of Humanities for candidates who are currently pursuing a masters degree at or a recent graduate of The University of Manchester for doctoral studies commencing in 2016/17. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to the University of Manchester (please see your.manchester.ac.uk for more information).

The scholarship value is £18,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be currently pursuing a masters degree at or have graduated from The University of Manchester within the last 4 years
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status
  • Students who have already started their doctoral degree are not eligible
  • Their proposed research project must be related to one of the following of the University’s philanthropic research themes:
    • Energy and sustainability   
    • Enterprise and innovation
    • Prevention and screening for a healthy future
    • Global poverty and humanitarian assistance

Further information on these can be found on the following page:

Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday 1 April 2016.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 1 April will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply

As part of your funding application, please include the following documents:

  1. Research Impact application form (MS Word, 131KB)
  2. Degree certificate and transcripts
  3. Research proposal
  4. References

E-mail your completed funding application form with supporting documentation to:

In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application by Friday 4 March 2016. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

School of Law scholarships

Overview

  • Tuition fees at Home/EU student rate, plus a maintenance stipend of that of the RCUK studentship £14,296 as paid in 2016/17
  • Available to UK, EU and international students who have accepted a place on one of our PhD programmes
  • Deadline for applications: 10 March 2017

Further information

The School of Law offers a number of Graduate Scholarships for research degrees beginning in 2017/18. These awards cover tuition fees at EU/Home student rate and provide a maintenance stipend equivalent to that of the RCUK studentships £14,296 for 2017/18. They are open to all new students both overseas and home/EU students in all research areas within the School.

Competition is intense, but we welcome applications from well-qualified graduates.

  • You must hold an offer for one of our PhD/MPhil programmes
  • You should have accepted your offer by 10 March 2017
  • You must hold a First Class Honours/ High 2.1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree/ and a distinction/ high merit or equivalent in your postgraduate degree
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored

Successful candidates who have a suitable postgraduate qualification will register onto the PhD Law/Criminology programme and the Scholarship will continue for three years, on condition that they continue to reach the milestones required for progression to the following year.

Successful candidates who do not possess a suitable postgraduate qualification but wish to undertake postgraduate research in law/criminology/bioethics will register in the first instance for the MPhil and are expected to upgrade to PhD for two further years.

Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by 10 March 2017.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on 10 March will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply

The application form is available for download via the link below:

E-mail your completed funding application form to:

In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application by 10 February 2017. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

School of Law bursary scheme

In this scheme, graduates of The University of Manchester's School of Law who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible to receive a 20% Loyalty discount towards their annual tuition fees for postgraduate research study.

Separate applications do not need to be made for these Alumni Bursaries – the information concerning previous study will be picked up from the application form for study received by the School, and the discount applied accordingly to tuition fees upon registration. Please note that this discount is only available to the graduates of the School of Law.

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships for Canadian PhD Students

Trudeau scholarships are for the outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world in four research fields: Human Rights and Dignity;  Responsible Citizenship; Canada in the World; People and their Natural Environment.   

Applications must be submitted online by the candidate by 24 November 2016. 

China Scholarship Council Joint Awards for 2017-18

Benefits

For successful applicants, The University of Manchester will cover their full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually three years). CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round-trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

Criteria

  • Candidates will be citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application; overseas Chinese students may be eligible for application subject to CSC policy at the time; (CSC publicises the policy in October or November every year).
  • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies and/or research.
  • Candidates must hold an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester. They must fulfil the relevant academic entry requirements set by  the School of Law at The University of Manchester, including a high level of English language proficiency.
  • Candidates should satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC.

Application and selection process

  1. Candidates should submit an online application for admission to The University of Manchester before 30 January 2017. Candidates should specify in their application that they wish to apply for The University of Manchester/CSC joint scholarship scheme. All supporting documents (degree certificates, transcripts, research proposal, references and evidence of English language proficiency (if required) must also be provided with the application. Other additional documents may be required by the School including CV and personal statement which will be advised by the admission officer in the School.
  2. The University of Manchester will evaluate the candidates, upon receiving applications and rank them in priority order. The University of Manchester will provide CSC and each qualified candidate with a copy of the offer letter.
  3. After receiving the offer letter from The University of Manchester, candidates must also apply to CSC for funding by completing an application online by 5 April 2017.
  4. CSC will evaluate the candidates according to CSC requirements and priorities and provide The University of Manchester with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful candidates.

Closing date

30 January 2017.

Note

The successful applicants will be responsible for arranging their Visa’s in to the Country and The University of Manchester will not be responsible or liable in any way for any successful applicant’s failure to obtain a visa or other requisite paperwork for entry.

How to apply for funding

In order to apply for funding you must first have applied for a place on one of our PhD degree programmes. We recommend that an application for PhD study is made at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

After applying for a place, please email your completed funding application form to: law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk.

Further funding opportunities