Apply for a PhD studentship

Follow our step-by-step guide to complete your application for one of our fully-funded PhD studentships.

2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme

The studentship will cover:

  • tuition fees (Home/EU or International depending on your fee status) for Years 1-3 of your MPhil/PhD study at Nottingham Trent University
  • a stipend to be paid in monthly arrears in Years 1-3 of your MPhil/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 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme is open to all UK, EU, and Overseas students who meet the academic and scheme eligibility criteria detailed further below.

  1. Your qualifications must meet or exceed the specific Nottingham Trent University qualifications entry criteria for MPhil/PhD study which can be found in paragraph 5.1 of the Nottingham Trent Quality Handbook Part C Section 11 (Research Degrees).
  2. You should either hold the required qualification(s) at the time of application or be able to state that you will have completed the relevant qualification or equivalent by the time your PhD begins.
  3. You must be available to begin full-time, on-site study at Nottingham Trent University either on our 01 October 2020 entry date or on our 05 January 2021 entry date.
  4. We are looking for proposals that are aligned to our Research Centres. Please indicate clearly which Research Centre you feel your research interest is best aligned to.
  5. If you already hold a doctoral level qualification you are ineligible to apply for funding under the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.
  6. If you have already commenced doctoral study at NTU or at another University you are ineligible to apply for funding under the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.
  7. You are only allowed to submit one application relating to one proposal to the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.
  8. Applicants wishing to study part-time are not eligible to apply for funding under this scheme.

Please check that you meet the scheme and academic eligibility requirements before beginning your funding application.

The application process

The 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme closes on 14 February 2020 at 12 noon (GMT) for entry in October 2020 or January 2021.

The NTU Doctoral School will treat your online form as an application for a place to study for an MPhil/PhD research degree at Nottingham Trent University, as well as a funding application for the 2020 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 considered for funding under the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme.

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

Please note that the data for the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme is collected through a third-party system developed and hosted by the company SurveyMonkey.

  • Step 1: Eligibility questions

    Before you can proceed with your application you will be asked a number of questions designed to assess your eligibility for funding under the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme. Please ensure that you have read the details on Eligibility criteria.

  • Step 2: Completing the online application form

    Please upload additional documentation to enable us to review and assess your application. This part is mandatory and you will have to upload the required documentation before you submit your application. The following is required.

    Section 1:Personal details:

    Please ensure that all your contact details are correct, as this is how we will communicate with you.

    Section 2: Qualifications

    Please provide details of the Higher Education institutions you have attended (or are currently attending), the courses you have completed (or are about to complete) at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and the results achieved or pending.

    If your qualifications have been awarded by an educational establishment outside of the UK, please provide details of your final or current Grade Point Average (GPA)/mark percentage. This will allow us to establish your degree equivalency.

    Section 3: English language requirements

    Please indicate whether English is your first language. If English is not your first language, please provide details of any English language qualifications you hold or if you have previously studied in the UK.

    Visit our English language requirements page for more information.

    Section 4: Research project

    The details you provide here play a key part in the assessment of your application. This is why we recommend that you discuss the content of this section in good time with your proposed supervisors.

    There are four components to this section:

    Proposed supervisor(s)

    Please provide the name(s) of your proposed supervisor(s) in this section of the application. Your Research Proposal must demonstrate evidence of prior discussion with at least one potential supervisor about your proposed PhD research area or topic, including how the project will deliver high quality research outcomes that are aligned with School NTU research strategy.

    If you are applying to the School of Science and Technology you must list two potential supervisors in your application.

    Further information on relevant staff can be found on our Research Centre pages and on our Subject Area pages.

    Research Centre alignment

    We are particularly interested in receiving proposals which are aligned with our Research Centres.

    Please indicate clearly the Research Centre to which you feel your research interest is best aligned in the mandatory field on the application form. Find out more details about our Research Centres.

    There is also an opportunity to include in the summary of your proposed research topic any links you see to NTU Research Groups. Find out more details about our Research Groups.

    Summary of proposed research topic

    Briefly explain the context of your research proposal, its aims and objectives, and potential impact in a maximum of 400 words. Please reference any NTU Research Groups that are relevant to your proposed research project. Please present your summary clearly and precisely. The reviewers of your application will be looking for evidence of the quality of your research proposal as well as alignment to academic School research priorities, Research Centres and Research Groups.

    Summary of previous experience

    Briefly summarise your academic and professional experience to date and how it has prepared you to bring your chosen research project to successful completion. Please do not exceed the maximum limit of 200 words.

    Section 5: Referees

    Please submit the names and contact details of two referees to support your application.

    For example, these could be tutors who have taught you during your undergraduate or Masters degree (but not your proposed supervisor). Applicants who have not been in education for a period of time may choose to select a referee who is, for example, an employer or a partner in the creative industries.

    Please ensure that you provide a current and accurate email address for your referees in your application.

  • Step 3: Additional document upload

    Please upload additional documentation to enable us to review and assess your application. This part is mandatory and you will have to upload the required documentation before you submit your application. The following is required.

    Research Proposal

    Please provide a detailed research proposal of 1,000 – 2,000 words clearly describing:

    • the research area or topic that you wish to study for a PhD (including any alignment to NTU Research Groups)
    • the name(s) of potential supervisor(s) with an explanation why they are best suited to support your project
    • the research question(s) you wish to investigate including an explanation why the proposed research area is likely to lead to high quality research outcomes
    • why it interests you
    • the methodology i.e. how you propose to research it
    • the research context i.e. how your proposed project relates to other work in the field
    • the purpose and originality of your research i.e. how you think your project might contribute to understanding of your subject.

    You will also need to include a proposed timeline of your research and a bibliography or reference list.

    Please note, if you are applying to the School of Science and Technology you must also include a short Research Proposal with your application. Your Research Proposal should be a clear and concise statement, up to one side of A4 in length. Applicants to the School of Science and Technology should make a brief statement on the points listed above and must also include:

    • references, with web links, to at least five journal articles or relevant reviews that report the state of the art in the field related to your proposed PhD research area or topic.

    Certificates and transcripts

    Please upload any relevant certificates, transcripts (translated into English if applicable) as part of the application.

    Please note, if you have not finished your current course, please indicate this clearly on your application form and provide evidence of your pending degree such as an up to date HEAR report or a provisional transcript).Please ensure that the actual (or provisional) grade, Grade Point Average (GPA), or mark percentage is included on any certificates and/or transcripts you provide.

    Applicants who are former NTU students are still required to provide evidence of successfully completing their degree such as original transcripts, certificates or a HEAR report.

    English Language Requirement

    Where applicable, please upload any documentation which provides evidence that you meet NTU English language requirements for undertaking postgraduate research. If you are submitting an IELTS report, please ensure that the date of the test is not older than 2 years.

  • Step 4: Equal opportunities

    Applicants to the 2020 Nottingham Trent University PhD Studentship Scheme will be considered solely based on their outstanding academic qualities, potential, merits, and interview performance.

    The University is firmly committed to sustaining a highly effective learning environment characterised by fairness, equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity. The University seeks to ensure that applicants who wish to study with us are not subjected to unlawful discrimination by the University based on the following 9 protected characteristics: age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

    Please note, the data you provide here will not be used in the assessment of your application but is a requirement of the application process.

  • Step 5: Submit

    Once you have completed all the mandatory steps outlined above, please review your application carefully and click ‘Review & Submit’.

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

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