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President's Doctoral Scholar Awards

The University of Manchester has launched a £2.5m investment in PhD training with the creation of the President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS).

The prestigious PDS awards are open to all nationalities and research areas.

Scheme overview

Within the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, there are up to 18 PDS scholarships available for PhD training opportunities starting from September 2016.

Awards will be allocated to the most outstanding candidates who apply directly to the PDS scheme seeking full or partial funding support. To be successful you will need to demonstrate a good academic track-record, excellent research potential and commitment to developing your leadership and social responsibility skills.

There are three levels of the PDS awards you can apply for, depending on your funding requirements:

  • Full Award – tuition fees and living allowance will be covered in full;
  • Partial Award – can either fund tuition fees or fund living expenses, depending on your financial needs;
  • Recognition Award – if you are not seeking funding support but would like to receive PDS status and take advantage of the additional training opportunities on offer.

If you are granted a PDS award you will be invited to events such as seminars on leadership and making an impact with your research, as well as networking activities.

Successful candidates will receive confirmation of their PDS status in April 2016.

All PDS awardees will:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you have opportunity to meet the University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS students;
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • become a PDS ambassador for the University;
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.


To qualify, you must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent), a first-class undergraduate degree would have a distinct advantage, and ideally hold a Masters-level qualification at merit or distinction.”

You must also hold an offer from The University of Manchester for a PhD programme and have a track-record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting your research to a wider audience, prizes/accolades for previous research work, representing your research group at external events, setting up collaborations, etc.

How to apply

Applications for 2016/17 start dates are now closed. The next round of funding will open again in late 2016 for PhD programmes due to commence in September 2017.

Further information

Any enquiries on PDS funding within the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences can be sent to Julie Heynes at