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
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.
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.
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 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.
We offer a range of PhD studentships and projects throughout the year.
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.
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 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.
The Nottingham city application workshop is Saturday November 9th and you can register here. The deadline for M4C funding applications is noon on 14 January 2020, by which time students must have applied for a place to study at their host university. For NTU the link is here for applicants to apply to be supervised across Arts and Humanities, Art and Design, and Law. They must 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 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.
For more information about any of the funding options shown on this page, please contact the NTU Doctoral School.