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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.

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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. Applications for 2021 entry closed at 12 noon on Monday 4 January 2021. If you would like to be notified of future competitions, sign up for research emails.

  • 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.

  • 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 89 doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2021 entry through an open competition and 21 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’re happy to be able to offer a 20% discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni, if you graduated since July 2016. This discount is available to those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course, who have not previously benefited from an NTU alumni discount.

    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 £27,265 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, 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.

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.

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.

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