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How to Apply for a Studentship

Interested in applying for one of our fully-funded PhD studentships? Follow our guide to complete your application.

2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme

Each studentship will be accepted as a full-time or part-time doctoral candidate at NTU, to pursue a defined research project.

The studentship will cover:

  • Tuition fees for Years 1-3 of PhD study at Nottingham Trent University and the thesis-pending fee (a reduced fee for candidates in completing their thesis) in Year 4.
  • A stipend to be paid in monthly arrears in Years 1-3 of PhD study at Nottingham Trent University in line with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) minimum rates. You can find further information on UKRI rates on the UK Research and Innovation website.

Eligibility criteria

The Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme has funded some remarkable projects over the last few years, and we hope to see that continue for 2022. The 2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme is open to all UK, EU, and Overseas students who meet the academic and scheme eligibility criteria: to check that you are eligible to apply, please consult the criteria below. You must meet the standard qualifications entry criteria for PhD study at Nottingham Trent University which can be found in paragraphs 4.4 and 4.5 of the Quality Handbook Section 11- Research Degrees.

  1. You must be available to begin study at Nottingham Trent University either on our 1 October 2022 entry date or on our 5 January 2023 entry date.
  2. You are only allowed to submit one application relating to one proposal to the 2021 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.
  3. You must submit a full and complete application by Friday 7 January 2022.

Any questions or queries can be directed to (check which email address). Please note that this Scheme is not available to existing doctoral level candidates who are based at Nottingham Trent University or applicants who already hold a doctoral degree.

Research areas

NTU is home to a number of innovative Research Centres spanning all our academic school and supporting diverse collaboration. We are looking for researchers with a passion for their discipline, who take innovative approaches to their field: before applying, be sure to look at our catalogue of Research Centres and Research Projects to see which might be the best fit for you.

Candidates should have research interests that clearly align with at least one of our Research Centres or Research Projects advertised. Where relevant we particularly welcome applications in the below strategic areas. Please indicate this clearly on your application

School of Art and Design

Research CentresStrategic Areas

Artistic Research Centre

(Professor Duncan Higgins)

Performing Process – Thinking in and through Practice

Fashion and Textiles Research Centre

(Professor Amanda Brigg-Goode)

Global Perspectives on Fashion and Textiles

Design Research Centre

(Professor Peter Ford)

Design in Society

School of Arts and Humanities

Research CentresStrategic Areas

Centre for Travel Writing Studies

Postcolonial Studies Centre

Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Centre for Public History, Heritage and Memory

ReFrance; Centre for the Study of Contemporary France

Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference

Applications which focus on inequalities, activism, race and gender, are particularly welcome, with a single disciplinary lens or interdisciplinary approach.

School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Research CentresStrategic Areas
Centre of Architecture, Urbanism and Global HeritageUrban and cultural heritage
Centre of the Built EnvironmentSustainable built environment
Product Innovation CentreInnovation during product life cycle

School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Research CentresStrategic Areas
Centre for Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences ResearchConserving ecosystems from environmental change

Sustainable agriculture

Innovations in animal health and welfare

Nottingham Business School

Research CentresStrategic Areas
Work, Informalisation and Place

(Professor Ian Clark)

The impact of Brexit and the forthcoming Employment Act on specific sectors of the labour market

Unregulated labour in unregulated labour markets after Brexit

Behavioural Science

(Professor Thorsten Chmura)
Stereotypical reasoning and misperceptions – How to shift beliefs
International Business, Strategy and Decisions

(Professor Ursula F. Ott)
International Negotiations and Corruption – Are corrupt organizational or individual behaviour influencing international negotiation behaviour?
Marketing and Consumer Studies

(Professor Dorina Buda)
Emotions & Consumer Experiences in Critical Marketing
Centre for Economics, Policy and Public Management

(Dr King Yoong Lim)
Crime reduction during a public health crisis? An Economic Analysis Academic

Nottingham Law School

Research CentresStrategic Areas
Centre for Rights and JusticeVulnerability and the Law
Centre for Business and Insolvency LawSustainable Development Goals and Legal Implications
Centre for Legal EducationConflict, the Law and Alternative Approaches

School of Science and Technology

Research CentresStrategic Areas

Centre for Health, Ageing and Understanding Disease

Computing and Informatics Research Centre

Imaging, Materials and Engineering Centre

Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement

Digital enabling technologies for health and wellbeing.

Imaging, sensing and Materials including applied AI and Machine learning.

Factors modulating metabolism for health and potential therapies to combat disease.

The application process

The 2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme closes on Friday 7 January 2022 for entry in October 2022 or January 2023.

The NTU Doctoral School will treat your online form as an application for a place to study for a PhD research degree at Nottingham Trent University, as well as a funding application for the 2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme. Please note that it is possible that you may be eligible for a place to study at NTU, but that your application is not awarded funding under the 2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.

The online application consists of mandatory sections which need to be completed before you can submit.

Please note that the data for the 2022 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme is collected through a third-party system developed and hosted by the company SurveyMonkey.

You can download our full applicant guidance notes for more information, including the assessment criteria for selecting successful candidates.