Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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.


MRC GW4 BioMed DTP studentships

The MRC GW4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers, helping them to be collaborative, curious, critical and confident. The related humanities projects are:

View all available projects for 2018 entry.


Full studentships are open to Home and EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship and cover Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of £14,553 p.a. (2017/18 rate) for 3.5 years. EU citizens who do not meet the residency requirement may be eligible for a tuition fees only award.

How to apply

Applications should be made via the DTP's centralised online application form between 09:00 on 25 September and 17:00 on 24 November 2017.

View more information about how to apply and making an application.



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 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 studentship

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

The competition for 2017/18 has now closed.

Applying for funding

You can apply for a PhD studentship by either:

Make an application for an academic-led project

Our academic-led projects for 2017/18 are now closed.

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.


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.