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 Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C) is awarding up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry. You can find our current studentship opportunities below.

  • 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.

School of Science and Technology

Mass spectometry of biosamples
Application deadline: 5 pm (UK time) 6 August

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

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) awarded up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry.

M3C is also awarding Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partner organisations: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Nottingham Contemporary.

Visit the M3C website for future opportunities and:

  • Full details of eligibility
  • Funding
  • Research supervision areas and CDA projects

More information and how to apply.

The M3C is also in collaboration with NTU's Schools of Art & Design and Arts & Humanities, and Nottingham Contemporary's Public Programmes and Research Department to deliver the research project:

The Bauhaus and Beyond: New Geographies of Cultural Exchange and Artistic Practices

University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance

If the UK is going to compete as a knowledge economy in the 21st Century, it needs a strong research and innovation ecosystem.

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.

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