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:

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

Eligibility: 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.

Very limited opportunities may be available for academically excellent international applicants to receive a tuition fees-only award.

Scheme opens: November 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

Find out how to apply for studentships.

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), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), 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).

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 that 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:

  • tuition fees
  • training support fund £750 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of International students we can accept onto the programme will be limited to 30% of the available places.

Studentships available: Approximately 45 across the partnership.

Scheme opens: November 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

Find out more about the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership and how to apply for studentships.

BBSRC 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:

  • Home tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and training
  • maintenance stipend £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of International students we can accept onto the programme will be limited to 30% of the available places.

Scheme opens: Monday 12 October 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

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

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:

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

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International students will be limited to 30% of the total.

Scheme opens: Applications are accepted from 1 October each year.

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:

  • tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of between £2,000 and £5,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of International students we can accept onto the programme will be limited to 30% of the available places.

Scheme opens: Monday 21 September 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

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

NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

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 five prestigious Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Studentships are available for defined research projects in earth, environmental and life sciences.

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

  • tuition fees
  • research and training support grant £11,000
  • training budget £3,250
  • maintenance stipend £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of International students we can accept onto the programme will be limited to 30% of the available places.

Scheme opens: Monday 12 October 2020.

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

Find out more about the NERC GW4+ DTP Doctoral 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:

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

Eligibility:

  • all students (Home and International*)

* For entry in 2021/22, studentships will be open to both Home and International candidates; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International students will be limited to 30% of the total.

For further information contact art-ai-applications@bath.ac.uk.

Scheme opens: Applications are accepted from 1 October each year.

Application deadline: Early application is recommended as places are competitive and offers are made from January onwards. Applications received after mid-February will only be considered if places are available.

Find out more about how to apply 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 would like to undertake a PhD at the 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: 1 December 2020

Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2021.

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