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Postgraduate research funding opportunities

Before applying for funding

These funding opportunities are for new PhD applicants only. Existing research students of the University of Bath cannot apply.

This process is very competitive, but if you meet the criteria you should not be deterred from applying. It is important that you follow the guidance, and that you develop the strongest case you can.


Graduate School studentships

Award Eligibility Terms & Conditions
ESRC SWDTP Discipline-specific pathways
  • full-time or part-time students
  • Home/EU students only
SWDTP Terms & Conditions
ESRC SWDTP Interdisciplinary collaborative pathways
  • full-time or part-time students
  • for Home/EU students only
SWDTP Terms & Conditions
URSA Graduate School studentships
  • full or part-time time students
  • Home/EU and Overseas students (Overseas candidates may receive partial fee-waivers - but will still receive a full stipend)
URSA Terms & Conditions

Applying for a Graduate School studentship

You can apply for a Graduate School studentship by completing the funding request form.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 2 February 2017 at 12.00 noon (GMT).

Applying for funding

You can apply for a PhD studentship by either:

Make an application for an academic-led project

You must apply for an academic-led project by following the instructions on each project.

Develop your own research proposal

You can develop your own PhD research proposal by working closely with a potential supervisor in an academic department.

When applying you must complete:

  1. The PhD Funding Request Form.
  2. An online application to study the PhD.

The deadline for complete applications is 2 February 2017, 12:00 (noon) GMT.


PhD studentship for research investigating the values in close relationships

We’re offering a full-time PhD studentship to examine the role of values in close relationships.

Deadline: 12.00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 23 March 2017.


Sustainable Futures – Joint SWDTP and NERC GW4+ Studentship

Submit a research proposal to develop dialogue and debate between environmental sciences and social sciences.

This is a joint GW4+ studentship between the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Deadline: 12.00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 2 February 2017.


PhD studentship for research investigating employer hiring stratification

Apply for a three-year studentship to work on a project assessing how gender-class inequality predicted by family status is structured at individual, couple and employer levels.

Deadline: 12.00 noon (GMT), Thursday 2 February 2017.


AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership will recruit and train more than 200 fully-funded doctoral students over the next five years.

There are funding opportunities in Modern Languages, History & History of Art, Visual Cultures and Theology & Religious Studies.

The funding competition opens Tuesday 29 November 2016 and closes at 12 noon (GMT) on Thursday 12 January 2017.


Ideas for other sources of funding

If you are applying from overseas you can find other funding opportunties for your country.

For help searching for funding externally, view our guide to searching for postgraduate funding or register for the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

If you are a prospective student and would like to access the site, you will need to request a PIN. Email studentfundingadvice@bath.ac.uk or call the Student Services Helpdesk on 01225 385538.

Current students can access further information about funding opportunities.