University Funding

Applications from any field of research in the Faculty are eligible. Browse our Find a PhD feed for defined projects. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens only.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Research Council Funding

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

The Research Councils include the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They award funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).

To be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend) from UKRI or a Research Council, a UK or EU student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship. For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

These are flexible awards to support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the EPSRC remit.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Priority for 2020/21 academic led co-funded projects. Check individual project adverts for details.

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship.

Scheme opens: Academic led co-funded projects reviewed all year round.

Scheme closes: Subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindaPhD feed for available projects.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class Bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent in the range of disciplines covered by this CDT. See the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) for more information.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fund £1000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

Application deadline: There will be monthly application submission deadlines between October and June in each academic year. You should apply early as places are usually filled by March. Applications received after mid-February will only be considered if spaces are available.

Contact aapscdt@bath.ac.uk with your expression of interest. You should include a two-page CV, 250 word personal statement and scans of transcripts.

Find out more about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) and how to apply for the studentships.

MRC GW4 Biomed Doctoral Training Partnership

The MRC works to improve the health of people in the UK by supporting excellent science and training the very best scientists. The MRC GW4 Biomed DTP will be awarding full studentships with an October 2021 start date, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • Home tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK students only.

International applicants (including EU applicants) are eligible to apply but will be responsible for the difference between the Home UKRI tuition fee and the Overseas tuition fee rate at Bath. Confirmation of ability to fund the tuition fee difference will be required.

Scheme opens: Monday 21 September 2020.

Application deadline: Monday 23 November 2020 at 17:00 hours (GMT).

Find out more about MRC GW4 BioMed DTP Studentships and how to apply for them.

NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC GW4+ DTP encompasses the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter alongside six research organisations and 24 associate partners. Studentships are available for defined research projects in earth and environmental sciences.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant £11,000
  • training budget £3,250
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship.

Limited funding may be available to EU citizens not meeting the UK residency requirement.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Find out more about the NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral Studentships and how to apply for them.

NERC GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training

NERC is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) harnesses scientists from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter plus world-class research organisations. Studentships are available for defined projects in fields such as atmospheres, oceans and ice, biogeochemical cycles, natural hazards and resources, and water.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three and a half years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • research and training support grant £8,250
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship

EU citizens not meeting the residency requirement may be eligible for a fees-only award.

Scheme opens: Applications have re-opened and will close at 09:00 on Thursday 11 June 2020.

Find out more about NERC GW4 FRESH Studentships and how to apply for them.

South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP)

The SWBio DTP provides outstanding interdisciplinary research training. Studentships are available at Bath across the following research themes: advancing the frontiers of bioscience discovery, bioscience for an integrated understanding of health, and bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food. The programme provides accredited training in first year of study in areas such as bioinformatics, coding, experimental design and innovation, and students will also undertake a 3-month placement.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and training
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship.

Limited funding may be available to EU citizens not meeting the UK residency requirement.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Find out more about SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships and how to apply for them.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Your undergraduate degree should normally be in computer science, engineering, social sciences, policy research, psychology, or a related subject. You will also need either to have taken a mathematics course at university or have at least grade B in A level mathematics or international equivalent.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to four years. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Application deadline: See the ART-AI website for deadlines and how to apply.

Find out more about ART-AI and a list of available projects.

China Scholarship Council Studentships

If you are a Chinese citizen who wants to undertake a PhD at University of Bath, you may be eligible to apply for funding through the China Scholarship Council (CSC). CSC scholarships include:

  • Overseas tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend to cover living costs
  • travel between China and the UK

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Find out more about the CSC-Bath programme, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.