If you would like to apply for a University Research Studentship (URSA) or a South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) ESRC studentship, there are specific guidelines you will need to follow.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens. Very limited opportunities may be available for academically excellent Overseas applicants to receive a tuition fees-only award.

Scheme opens: Applications for September 2020 entry are now open.

Scheme closes: 12 noon GMT on 21 January 2020.

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 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). 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.

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. Studentships are available for discipline specific study or interdisciplinary study which will involve collaboration with a partner institution.

Studentship value: Funding lasts for up to three years of full time study or part-time equivalent. This includes:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • training support fund £750 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 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. Overseas candidates are eligible to apply for Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods.

EU citizens who do not meet the residency requirement may be eligible for a tuition fees only award.

Studentships available: Approximately 45 across the partnership.

Scheme opens: Applications for September 2020 entry are now open.

Scheme closes: 12 noon GMT on 21 January 2020.

Find out more about studentships with the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

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 £15,009 per annum (2019/20 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 a September 2020 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:

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 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.

Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Find out more about MRC GW4 BioMed DTP 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 three 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 £15,009 per annum (2019/20 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.

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 £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

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.

Enhanced learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS)

The Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Discounts are available for the following courses:

Eligibility: current and ex-service personnel from the Ministry of Defence.

Find out more and apply via ELCAS. You can also contact the Doctoral College.

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: 4 September 2019.

Application deadline: Monday 12 January 2020.

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