University Funding

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Studentships are available for predefined research projects across the Faculty. Browse our FindAPhD feed for current opportunities.

Studentship value: Awards may be for three or three and a half years and may take the form of a full studentship or a fee reduction.

A full studentship would include:

  • 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.

Application deadline: Sunday 8 December 2019.

Studentship awards announced: Late January 2020.

Evolution Education Trust PhD Studentships

The Evolution Education Trust supports fundamental research in the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics, as well as research into how best to deliver evolution teaching and outreach. Funded PhD positions are available at the Milner Centre for Evolution, a unique, cross-faculty research centre bridging biology, health and education at the University of Bath. These studentships will EITHER focus on fundamental evolutionary research (but will include an outreach component), OR will focus entirely on education and outreach with respect to any aspect of evolutionary science.

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) in a relevant undergraduate degree.

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and outreach activities
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

Eligibility: UK and EU citizens.

Scheme opens: Autumn 2019 for 2020 entry.

Application deadline: To be confirmed.

Find out more about the Evolution Education Trust PhD studentships and how to apply.

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 3 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 up to three and a half years. This includes:

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

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

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: Autumn 2019 for 2020 entry.

Application deadline: To be confirmed.

Applications received after the application deadline will be considered subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindAPhD feed for advertised 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 £15,009 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.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS)

The CDT invites applications from candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field and who have an undergraduate background in any of the following areas: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Depending on the subject area, applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class MSci or BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in an area of physical science, engineering or biological science.

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

  • UK/EU tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and training
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate)

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

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: Autumn 2019 for 2020 entry.

Application deadline: To be confirmed.

Recruitment and assessment days will be held in Bristol on dates to be confirmed.

After recruitment and assessment days have taken place, applications will be accepted and assessments conducted subject to remaining availability of studentships.

Find out more about CAS.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or who expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or in a subject with substantial mathematical content.

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. Very limited funding opportunities may be available for academically excellent Overseas applicants. For further information contact samba@bath.ac.uk.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

Application deadline: 30 June 2020. Early application is recommended as places are competitive.

Find out more about Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) and how to apply.

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.

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

Application deadline: 17:00 GMT on Monday 25 November 2019.

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 £15,009 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.

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

Scheme opens: Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

Application deadline: 16:00 GMT on Monday 6 January 2020.

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 £15,009 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

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

Scheme opens: Monday 14 October 2019.

Application deadline: Monday 16 December 2019.

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 £15,009 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: 23:59 GMT on Monday 2 December 2019.

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.

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

Scheme opens: Autumn 2019 for 2020 entry.

Application deadline: To be confirmed.

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: 4 September 2019.

Application deadline: Monday 12 January 2020.

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