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Annual bursaries

Annual bursary competitions

A number of other public and non-governmental organisations also hold annual bursary competitions. In some instances, the money is available for study anywhere; in others, you may be required to apply for study at a specific University or in a specific country.

The list below is by no means definitive: it includes only information about bursary competitions sent to the University by specific organisations and will be updated on a regular basis as and when we receive relevant information.

Each year between 12 and 16 awards are offered to UK citizens for the first year of postgraduate or doctoral study, or for 'special student research', in any subject at any accredited US institution. Successful candidates will work with the Fulbright Commission and the Institute of International Education(IIE) to identify and apply to the university departments which offer the best academic fit for them.

The closing date is the end of May.

More information about the Fulbright Commission Postgraduate Student Awards...

The Trust offers scholarships for postgraduate study for one year at Harvard University or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Applicants must be British citizens at the time of application, and resident in the UK. They should have recently graduated or spent at least two of the last five years studyingat a UK university. The closing date for applications is in late October.

More information about the Kennedy Memorial Trust...

BFWG gives awards annually to women in their third and final year of doctoral studies. The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence and are NOT expected to provide for financial need. The do not cover fees. The amounts offered range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000. Applicants need to be registered at a University in England, Scotland or Wales. the closing date is late March

See also Funds for Women Graduates for other small grants (run independently from BFWG scholarships).

More information about the British Federation of Women Graduates...

The Trust offers annual grants (normally from £300 - £1000 in value) for postgraduate study in any subject area at any British university. Applicants must be graduates with a first or upper second class honours degree, who are over the age of 24 on 1st October of the proposed year of study.

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually. A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides funds to meet:

-The payment of approved fees to the institution
- A maintenance grant

The level of the grant for the current academic year 2017-18 is as follows (the level of the grant for 2018-19 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC):

  • Maintenance Grant £14,553.

The Consortium also provides access to additional funding for field research and further training.

The studentships and training initiatives of various kinds, span the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries, cultural organisations and businesses.

The competition is now open for applications for the 2018/2019 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:

The University of Salford invites expressions of interest from potential candidates to be submitted to Pathway Representatives/potential supervisors by Monday, 11 December 2017.

Salford Pathway Representatives:
Mike Nevell-

Creative Writing

Scott Thurston -

Cultural Studies

Carole O’Reilly

Dance, Drama and Performing Arts

Richard Talbot – (Pathway Leader)


Scott Thurston -


Christopher Murphy –


Nicholas Kang-Riou

Media and Communication

Leslie McMurtry -

Museum Studies

Emma Sutton –


Stephen Kilpatrick -

Visual Arts: Arts and Design

Emma Sutton -

To apply for an award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme by Monday 15 January 2018.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 9 February 2018 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Applications to the NWC competition can be made at the following link:

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact Emma Sutton at in the first instance.

2 Graduate Teaching Studentships in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences located in the School of Health Sciences, Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy are available, looking at Achilles tendon loading during dynamic tasks, and Identification of hamstring strain injury (HSI) risk factors in athletic populations, and subsequent intervention.

Studentships cover full tuition fees and a tax free scholarship of £14,553 per year. Download the full information below: