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University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Find out about the University Research Studentship Award for new doctoral students and check if you are eligible.

If you are applying for doctoral study in humanities, management, engineering or science, you may be eligible for the University Research Studentship Award.

Studentship value

Find out how much funding is available.


You could receive funding for up to:

  • three years for Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences students
  • three years for School of Management students
  • three and a half years for Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering & Design students

Funding includes:

  • Home tuition fees
  • training support fund of up to £1,000 each year
  • maintenance stipend of £16,062 each year (2022/23 rate)

Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible for this funding.



How to apply

Find out how to apply for URSA funding. You need to follow a different process depending on which faculty or School runs the PhD you're applying for.


Faculty of Engineering & Design students

Find an available project or projects on our FindAPhD feed. You'll find application instructions in each project advert.

We also welcome applications from exceptional students with research proposals of their own design.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences students

In Humanities & Social Sciences only, the URSA competition is run in tandem with the ESRC SWDTP competition.

Guidance on applying for the ESRC SWDTP competition will be available once the scheme opens.

School of Management students

We welcome applications from exceptional students with research proposals of their own design.

Find an available project or projects, with application instructions, on our FindAPhD feed.

Faculty of Science students

Find an available project or projects on our FindAPhD feed. You'll find application instructions in each project advert.


Application deadlines

Find out when you should submit your application.


Faculty of Engineering & Design students

Scheme opens

Scheme opens 13 December 2021.

Application deadline

Application deadline is Sunday 23 January 2022 at 11.59pm GMT.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences students

Scheme opens

Scheme opened in November 2021.

Application deadline

Application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022 at 12 noon GMT.

School of Management students

Scheme opens

Scheme opened in November 2021.

Application deadline

Application deadline is Monday 7 March 2022 at 12 noon GMT.

Faculty of Science students

Scheme opens

Scheme opened in November 2021.

Application deadline

Application deadline is Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 11.59pm GMT.

Contact us

If you have any questions about doctoral funding, get in touch.