President’s Doctoral Scholar International Awards at University of Manchester

  • PHD
  • Tuition fees + annual stipend
  • 25 March 2021

The PDS Awards will be allocated to our most outstanding international (non-UK) candidates seeking PhD opportunities and are open to all nationalities and research areas.

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Candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD programme to commence in September 2021;
  • hold (or are about to obtain) a first-class honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution;
  • ideally, hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
  • have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work;
  • be interested in attending a series of exclusive events to facilitate interactions with our academic community and network with other PDS award holders.

We will only consider applications for these full scholarships once you  receive a formal offer. Application forms will be provided to the Primary Supervisor following the issue of an offer letter to the candidate for a PhD programme.

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The 3.5-year fully-funded scholarships will cover:

  • all university tuition fees at the international rate;
  • an annual maintenance stipend (at UKRI rate).


If you wish to be considered, you must first follow all the usual admissions processes and  receive a conditional/unconditional PhD offer.

On your application form in the funding section, state that you intend to apply for a PDS Award. See information on potential projects and supervisors and information on how to submit an online PhD application.

Once you have been interviewed and offered a PhD place, you will then work with your Primary Supervisor to complete the PDS application form, which needs to be submitted to the Faculty Doctoral Academy by 30 April 2021.

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