President’s Doctoral Scholar award at The University of Manchester 2021

President’s Doctoral Scholar award at The University of Manchester 2021

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President’s Doctoral Scholar Award:

The University of Manchester offers more than 100 studentships every year through the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award scheme, launched by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. The PDS Award will give the most outstanding students from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects.


The University of Manchester

Degree level:

PhD program


Full range of subjects of Medical Sciences.

Scholarship Award:

The 3.5-year fully-funded scholarships will cover:

  • all university tuition fees at the international rate;
  • an annual maintenance stipend (at UKRI rate).

Successful PDS Award holders will have the opportunity to:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you can meet The University of Manchester’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS Awards ambassador for the University;
  • receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Eligible Countries:

International (non-UK) candidates.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for this award, following criteria must be met:

  • hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a PhD programme to commence in September 2021;
  • hold (or are about to obtain) a first-class honors undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) from a reputable institution;
  • ideally, hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent);
  • have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for research or project work;
  • be interested in attending a series of exclusive events to facilitate interactions with our academic community and network with other PDS award holders.

We will only consider applications for these full scholarships once you  receive a formal offer. Application forms will be provided to the Primary Supervisor following the issue of an offer letter to the candidate for a PhD programme.

Application Procedure Instructions:

If you wish to be considered, you must first follow all the usual admissions processes and  receive a conditional/unconditional PhD offer. As such, we ask that online PhD applications are submitted by 25 March 2021 to enable review, interview and supervisor selection.

On your application form in the funding section, state that you intend to apply for a PDS Award. See information on potential projects and supervisors and information on how to submit an online PhD application.

Once you have been interviewed and offered a PhD place, you will then work with your Primary Supervisor to complete the PDS application form, which needs to be submitted to the Faculty Doctoral Academy by 30 April 2021.

All PDS applications will be reviewed internally and a shortlist of candidates will be interviewed before final offers on funding are made interviews are expected to take place in early June 2021. We will award three fully-funded scholarships within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

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Application Deadline:

25 March 2021

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