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Apply for a PhD studentship

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

Project or proposal?

There are two ways to apply for one of our PhD Studentships: you can apply to one of the projects proposed by our academic schools or you can propose your own research project. Before you apply, make sure to carefully read the information provided by each School on their research themes and aims.

If you are applying for a listed PhD project

If you decide to apply for one of the projects proposed by our academic staff, then you need to clearly state in your application form which project you are applying for.

When completing the form, rather than a Project Proposal you will need to instead provide an outline that demonstrates your understanding of the research project, its goals and potential impact, and the approach that you would take as a doctoral candidate. This section should include the methodology you might choose, potential avenues of research dissemination, and possible long-term impacts you could facilitate. In your Personal Statement, you should detail what would make you the ideal candidate for the project, any relevant experience and background, and your reasons for pursuing a doctorate in the field.

You do not need to contact the supervisory team before you apply for a project, unless you have specific questions.

If you are proposing your own PhD project

If you are proposing your own project, you must make sure that you have first identified and contacted a potential supervisor or supervisory team at NTU. You can consult our Staff Directory to find members of the academic staff who specialise in your area of proposed study or contact the academic school directly. Once you have identified a supervisor and they have agreed to support your application, you need to create a project proposal.

The proposal should be 1500 words (not including references and appendices), which means that you need to be direct and concise. Make sure that your proposal clearly outlines a research question - a thesis statement, ultimately - and the approach you intend to take. Identify how your project will be original and how it will make a meaningful contribution to your academic field. Your proposal should mention any other major works on the subject, and how your project would contribute, challenge, or explore new avenues.

The panel reviewing your application need to see why your project is unique, and how it would further both the research community at NTU and the academic field at large. It's advisable to have contacted your potential supervisors prior to submitting your application, and they can also offer guidance on your proposal. In your Personal Statement, you should detail what would make you the ideal candidate for the project, any relevant experience and background, and your reasons for pursuing a doctorate in the field.

2023 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 2023. The 2023 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 October 2023 entry date or on our January 2024 entry date.
  2. You are only allowed to submit one application relating to one proposal to the 2023 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.
  3. You must submit a full and complete application by 12 noon (GMT) on Thursday 12 January 2023.

Any questions or queries can be directed to doctoralschool@ntu.ac.uk. 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 Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

The application process

The 2023 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme closes at 12 noon (GMT) on Thursday 12 January 2023 for entry in October 2023 or January 2024.

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 2023 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 2023 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.

The online application consists of mandatory sections which need to be completed before you can submit. Please ensure that you complete the correct application form entitled 2023 NTU PhD Studentship Scheme.

Please note that the data for the 2023 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.