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

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

    Nottingham Trent University has an outstanding reputation for our commitment to research that shapes lives and society. As part of our commitment to research excellence, each year we offer a number of PhD Studentships across all our subject areas. You can find our current studentship opportunities below.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    M4C is awarding up to 80 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition and 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

  • Research Councils

    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 are offering a 25% discount on many of our postgraduate courses, including MPhil / PhD study and Professional Doctorates, for current NTU students and alumni who have graduated since July 2013.
    Read our Terms and Conditions and list of excluded courses for 2018/19.

  • Other funding opportunities

    Apart from the sources already mentioned, postgraduate studies at NTU are also funded by a variety of external organisations including governmental agencies, charities, and industry.

  • Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

    The UK Government provides doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for students from England and Wales. The loans are not means-tested, this means that all eligible applicants may borrow up to the full amount.

    Further information, including eligibility and repayment information, is available from GOV.UK or from Student Finance Wales.

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.

Studentships

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. Use our PhD project finder to take a look at our latest opportunities from self-funded to fully-funded.

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

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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. 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 80 doctoral studentships UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition and 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2019 (noon), by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit our website or contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk

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.”

Take a closer look at the opportunities available.

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 about any of the funding options shown on this page, please contact the NTU Doctoral School.

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