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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.

Funding for doctoral students

If you are applying for doctoral study in humanities, management, engineering or science, you may be eligible for funding.


Studentship value

Funding lasts for up to:

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

Funding includes:

  • Home tuition fees
  • training support fund of £1,000 per year
  • maintenance stipend of £15,609 per year (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible for this funding.


This studentship is open to Home students.

In determining Home student status, we follow the UK government’s fee regulations and guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Further information may also be found within our fee status guidance.

International students in the School of Management

Limited full scholarships may be available for academically excellent International applicants. International applicants may also be considered for an award if they are able to provide evidence of their ability to fund the difference between Home and Overseas tuition fees.

International students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Very limited opportunities may be available for academically excellent international applicants to receive an award.


Application deadlines

Find out when you should submit your application.


Faculty of Engineering & Design students

Scheme opened in January 2021.

Application deadline: Subject to funding availability.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences students

Scheme opened in November 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

School of Management students

The deadline for applications for October 2021 entry was Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT).

There may be a second round of applications for this competition, subject to available funding.

Faculty of Science students

Scheme opened on Monday 14 December 2020.

Application deadline: Sunday 31 January 2021 at 11.59pm (GMT).

Contact us

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