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The University of Manchester is committed to supporting postgraduate research students. Each year we invest substantially in doctoral funding.

In additional to these internal funds the University is highly successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, in particularly from the research councils, industry, trusts and charities.

Funding tips

  • A good first step in exploring funding options is to speak to staff within your subject area to find out how previous students have financed their studies.
  • You can also search our funding opportunities database to ascertain which awards are available.
  • Faculty and School websites often provide further information, particularly about project-specific studentships. These studentships can be advertised at any time throughout the year.
  • Some PhD funding schemes involve applying directly for advertised projects, while others require you to develop a research proposal alongside a supervisory team. Make sure you read the criteria carefully in advance.
  • Before applying for a studentship, read through the eligibility criteria thoroughly, and ensure you note the closing deadline.

Doctoral loans for 2018/19

The UK government has confirmed that new doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes) from 2018/19.

The loan is a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course of study.

The loans are available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities. The loan is paid directly to students in three instalments across each year of the course and can be used for course fees and living costs.

UK and EU nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council,  are eligible to apply. For further information on eligibility criteria please visit the GOV.UK website.

For additional information on eligibility, how to apply and whom to contact for support, please visit the Student Support pages for Doctoral Loans or email