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Global Development Institute

Funding opportunities

There are a number of scholarships available to PhD researchers.

There is a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines vary, so please check the information below carefully.

The below is a selection of funding opportunities available for postgraduate research study. Other country specific awards may exist.

PhD loans (UK/EU students only)

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 will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, will be eligible. The government is currently considering making EU students eligible.

The loans will be available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities.

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North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership holds an annual competition for Studentship funding. Candidates may apply for funding towards doctoral study as part of the +3 or +2 award. 

The NWSSDTP’s fully-funded ESRC studentships cover payment of tuition fees for the duration of the studentship and an annual maintenance stipend (full-time: £14,777, part-time: £7,388.50 for 2017/18). 

Students looking to apply for a PhD at the Global Development Institute will need to apply for the Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World pathway.

Applications are due 5pm on 4th February 2019.


Funding for international students

Below is a selection of funding awards available for international students

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) funds postgraduate scholarships annually to nationals of PR China who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester.

The scholarship provides an annual maintenance grant for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory academic progress. The CSC does not always provide funding support for tuition fees.

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Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offer PhD scholarships to candidates seeking places at Universities within the UK. Awards under the scheme are not made by any central body.

There are a number of scholarships available, with the general scholarships open to Commonwealth citizens and British-protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the UK. 

The scholarships are not restricted to any particular subject area, but applicants from developing countries must provide evidence that their proposed PhD study will be of future economic and/or social development to their home country. 

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CONACyT funds postgraduate scholarships for Mexican nationals who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester.

The eligibility criteria and value of these awards are variable.

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