Wondering how to fund a research degree? As part of our commitment to research excellence, we offer a number of PhD studentships and research bursaries here at Nottingham Trent University.

Fully-funded PhD Studentships for 2018

Nottingham Trent University’s world-class research earned us the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest honour available to a UK university.

Our fully-funded PhD studentships offer an exciting opportunity to join our pioneering and cutting edge areas of research excellence – nurturing the next generation of research leaders.

This studentship competition is open to applicants who wish to study for a PhD on a full-tiume basis only. The studentship will pay UK/EU fees (currently set at £4,195 for 2017/18 and are revised annually) and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (this is revised annually and is currently set at £14,553 for the academic year 2017/18) for up to three years. The studentships will be expected to commence in October 2018.

Further information on each of the studentships can be found below.

For queries about the application process and eligibility, please contact the Doctoral School at

How to apply

Applications close at 12 pm on Monday 11 December.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Please note if you are applying for a project in the School of Science & Technology, you do not need to provide a research proposal. Projects for all other schools do require a research proposal.

Fully Funded Studentships

Research bursaries

Some of our academic schools offer bursaries for research students, either on a fees-only basis or with a tax-free maintenance allowance. In general, only home or EU fees are covered, and international (non-EU) students would be required to pay the difference between international (non-EU) and home or EU fees. Please contact the relevant academic school for details.

Scholarship Projects for Undergraduate Researchers (SPUR)

There are opportunities for our undergraduate students to get involved in the University's research activity. The SPUR programme gives students the chance to assist in research projects during the summer vacation. Look out for details through the student news emails.

Further information about external funding

This can be found on the following websites:

International (non-EU) applicants often find funding from their own government or employer.

AHRC Studentships

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is awarding up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry.

M3C is also awarding Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partner organisations: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Nottingham Contemporary.

The deadline for M3C funding applications is Monday 15 January 2018.

Visit the M3C website for:

  • Full details of eligibility
  • Funding
  • Research supervision areas and CDA projects

More information and how to apply >>

The M3C is also in collaboration with NTU's Schools of Art & Design and Arts & Humanities, and Nottingham Contemporary's Public Programmes and Research Department to deliver the research project:

The Bauhaus and Beyond: New Geographies of Cultural Exchange and Artistic Practices

How to apply

University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance

If the UK is going to compete as a knowledge economy in the 21st Century, it needs a strong research and innovation ecosystem.

The new Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), developed by a group of Alliance universities that includes Nottingham Trent University, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically important research areas. It is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind.

Last year we launched our first Doctoral Training Alliance in Applied Biosciences for Health at 14 universities.

Our second Doctoral Training Alliance offers a fully-funded postgraduate programme in Energy. Doctoral students will gain access to excellent research, an expert support network, and improved employment opportunities.

Supporting you and boosting employability

You'll benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution, as well as having the wider DTA community to collaborate and share expertise with.

UK and EU students are fully funded for up to three years, including a generous stipend of up to £14,000 per year plus travel and subsistence, to enable researchers to interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance.

The programme will

  • develop your vital research skills, such as critical reasoning and epistemology
  • develop your practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise
  • ensure you're job-ready
  • make sure you can apply the results of your excellent research to deliver impact.

For more information, please contact the NTU Doctoral School.


Published on 1 December 2017

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