Scholarships, bursaries and funding
Find out what funding options may be available to you if you're interested in postgraduate research at Nottingham Trent University.
Funding for research projects may be available from the University and through external sources such as research councils, government agencies, charities, and industry.
NTU PhD Studentships
We offer a range of PhD studentships each year, which cover fees and a living allowance. These are released in the Autumn each year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to find out when these will be released, please email email@example.com
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.
AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students
The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.
They provide studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training. Find out more about their current offer.
Public funding for postgraduate students in the UK is mainly provided by Research Councils. Most research councils do not make awards directly to students, but instead to the University. Further information about how to access these opportunities is available from within your School.
Alumni Loyalty Discount
We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni, if you graduated since July 2015. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.
Please note the At-distance PhDs are excluded from the discount.
Please see this page for the terms and conditions of the alumni discount scheme.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans
Postgraduate Doctoral loans of up to £26,445 are available to students eligible to apply through Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales. Loans are not means-tested, and are paid directly to you. You will not be eligible for a postgraduate doctoral loan if you receive Research Council funding however.
Further information about funding
Further information about funding can also be found on the following websites:
Information about funding for International students can be found on the following websites:
International applicants can often find funding from their own government or employer.
For more information on funding options, please contact the NTU Doctoral School.
The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The Nottingham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership is the partnership of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC). It offers full funded, four-year PhD studentships that are aligned to strategic priorities supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Our training programme is designed to provide you with the skills and experience you need to be successful in your PhD journey and beyond. Please visit this page to find out more.
Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.
M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition and 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition and access to a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.
For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit the M4C website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance
The 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.
Six new projects will be funded at Nottingham Trent University and will explore areas including preventing infections in an ageing population, hypoxia in neurodegenerative diseases and an investigation into social media use and addiction.
Professor Carl Brown, Head of Nottingham Trent University’s Doctoral School, said: “The university is excited to be part of this innovative programme. We look forward supporting and developing the PhD fellows that we recruit across all three key disciplinary areas.
“Our involvement in this initiative underlines NTU’s commitment to enabling discovery, driving innovation and changing the world through our research.”
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.