Funding for postgraduate research
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is committed to supporting postgraduate research students through a range of funding opportunities.
We are highly successful in attracting sponsorship for research students - particularly from research councils, industry, trusts and charities. Explore funding opportunities for postgraduate research below and please contact our admissions team with any queries.
The MACE Beacon PhD Studentship scheme was introduced to facilitate research that is aligned with The University of Manchester’s ‘Global Research Challenge’ areas.
These are research areas of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet.
The five research beacons are: Addressing Global Inequalities, Energy, Advanced Materials, Cancer and Industrial Biotechnology. These PhDs are conducted with the support of an industrial partner with the expectation that the proposed programme of research will effect research-led industrial and societal change.
The MACE Beacon PhD Studentship scheme was introduced to facilitate research that is aligned with The University of Manchester’s ‘Global Research Challenge’ areas. These are research areas of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet. The five research beacons are: Addressing Global Inequalities, Energy, Advanced Materials, Cancer and Industrial Biotechnology. More information is available in the research beacons section of the main University website.
These PhDs are conducted with the support of an industrial partner with the expectation that the proposed programme of research will effect research-led industrial and societal change.’
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to an outstanding female candidate.
The studentship will be for a period of up to three years and will cover standard fees at either the Home/EU or standard International rate in addition to an annual stipend at the RCUK rate to cover living costs. For a PhD starting in the 2019-20 academic session this is expected to be £15,009.
Candidates can only be nominated by an applicant's supervisor and candidates must have secured an academic offer of study for a place on the PhD programme prior to the nomination deadline. It is expected that the next call for nominations will take place in October 2019 for entry to a PhD programme in January or April 2020.
Below is a list of organisations which offer funding to students of specific nationalities or gender. If any further information is required such as eligibility and criteria details please contact the organisation directly.
- British Chevening Scholarships - These scholarships are prestigious awards funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office given to students for study in any subject area but preference is given to postgraduate students or those with an established career.
- British Federation of Women Graduates - Scholarships available for female postgraduate research students.
- British Marshall Scholarships - Scholarships for high calibre graduate students from the US to study in the UK.
- Commonwealth Scholarships - Postgraduate scholarships for Commonwealth students administered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
- Croucher Foundation - Scholarships for Hong Kong-born students.
- Fulbright student scholarships - Applicants from the United States can apply to the US-UK Fulbright Commission for a Fulbright Award.
- Global Education Program (GEP) - Russian government funding program that offers Russian citizens an opportunity to study at leading foreign higher education institutions.
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers - for exceptional graduates from an accredited mechanical engineering degree programme.
- LPDP Funding Indonesia - Full funding for students with Indonesian nationality, graduated from an accredited Indonesian university or an overseas university acknowledged by the Indonesian Higher Education Directorate (DIKTI), maximum age 40 (for PhD programme).
- UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKREI) - This is a major government funding initiative supported by the DfES, FCO and OSI.
- Henry Lester Trust - Awards given to Chinese students (including those from Hong Kong) studying for a PhD.
- Postgrad Solutions now offer an Engineering bursary.
There are many other organisations not included in this list that may be able to offer support. Students should apply directly to the relevant organisation.
This is an extremely competitive Faculty-level award that is open to all nationalities and research areas to support entry to a PhD programme in September 2020. Awards will be made on the basis of evidence of academic ability and research aptitude.
Students do not apply for this studentship. Instead, nominations for this studentship are made by the supervisory team. Nominees must hold an offer of study for a PhD programme in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering to be eligible for consideration. Following this initial shortlisting within the Department a final decision on awards are made by a Faculty panel.
It is expected that the next call for nominations will take place in March 2020
- For more information, please contact our postgraduate research admissions team.
The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:
"Design by Science"
The Universities of Manchester and Birmingham are working together in a £1m project, "Design by Science", that aims to develop an "Integrated Computational Materials Engineering" (ICME) framework for multi-scale modelling of the entire process, starting with thermo-mechanical processing of the metal powder, then welding the powder-formed component to conventionally processed steel, and finally putting the component into service.
The student will join the "Design by Science" team at Manchester. They will undertake the fabrication and characterisation of small and large scale welded components made from HIP’d AISI 316L steel, and apply both detailed microscopy and a range of material properties testing techniques to understand how HIP’d material behaves during the welding process. The knowledge gained will be incorporated into microstructurally informed continuum computational models of stress and distortion development in engineering-scale components, which will in turn be validated using techniques such as neutron and synchrotron diffraction.
Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students. Overseas students will need to identify additional funding to cover the difference in fees.
Closing date: Applications are currently accepted.
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.
GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
The University of Manchester is offering fully funded four year PhD studentships with an integrated teaching certificate. For a list of available projects and further details about the funding please see the University website.
The University of Manchester has collaborations with a number of international partners. As an extension of this joint research, we are developing dual-award PhD programmes to allow postgraduate research students access to world-class facilities, expertise and field environments. Visit the University website for more information about the Dual-awards via the Global Doctoral Research Network.
The Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship has been established in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering with the aim to support outstanding PhD students in the area of turbulent fluid mechanics.
One scholarship will be awarded annually. The award provides a total amount of £1,200 annually for each scholarship. The scholarship is open to students of all nationalities who have been accepted for a full-time PhD programme in subjects related to turbulent fluid mechanics. No preference will be given between computational and experimental research or between 'fundamental' and 'applied' topics.
The University of Manchester is offering a Research Impact Scholarship to support exceptional candidates who undertake research in the following areas: Discovery, Energy and Sustainability, Graphene and Enterprise, Global Inequalities or Healthy Futures.
The Scholarship will be for a period of up to three years to the value of £14,000 per year. This award can be used against tuition fees, living costs or a combination of both. Nominations for this studentship are made by the supervisory team with a final decision on awards made by a Faculty panel. Applicants must have an academic offer for the PhD programme in place by the closing date. The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in September 2020.
It is expected that the next call for nominations will take place in March 2020.
MACE is in a position to offer funding to graduates from any of our MEng programmes in a range of research areas.
These scholarships will be supplied from the Department's DTA funding, which is derived from EPSRC. As such they are available to home students. EU students may be considered for these awards if they have completed all of their undergraduate studies in Manchester. In the first instance the awards are only being advertised internally and the intention is to allocate them to MACE graduates if possible.
Evaluation criteria will be predominantly based on overall degree classification, but will also be influenced by performance in units of study directly related to the proposed area of research.
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a Technical PhD Studentship to an outstanding PhD candidate.
Applications are invited from home/EU or international candidates who have graduated with a Distinction from one of the following MSc programmes from The University of Manchester since July 2014:
- Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Design
- Reliability Engineering and Asset Management
- Structural Engineering
- Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering
- Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
The studentship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will cover standard fees at either the Home/EU or standard international rate in addition to an annual stipend at the RCUK rate (£15,009). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January or April 2020.
The Department's most outstanding PhD applicants could qualify for a President's Doctoral Scholar Award.