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Funding for postgraduate research

The School 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 students below.

Beacon scholarships

The following funded projects are currently open for application:

Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen Effects on Satellite Systems

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to study the effects of atomic oxygen on spacecraft hardware like solar array assemblies. Based on experimental results you will perceive the dominant mechanisms of the gas-surface interaction and devise design changes in other to improve lifetime to expected targets. This is offered in partnership with GOMspace in the framework of a MACE-Beacons award.

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: This project is currently accepting applications.

Cold cracking in reactor pressure vessel steels

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to extend our understanding of cold-cracking in RPV steels. In partnership with EDF in the framework of a MACE-Beacons award.

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: This project is currently accepting applications.

If you're interested in applying for any of the above projects please forward your CV to the supervisor directly and complete an application form available on our how to apply page.

Exceptional Women in Engineering PhD Scholarship

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to an outstanding female candidate through a newly-established scheme. Applications are invited from home/EU or international candidates.

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 (£14,553).

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.

External funding schemes

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.

Scholarships

Support funding

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.

Faculty PhD Studentships

Applications are invited from outstanding applications for three-year PhD Scholarships commencing in September 2019.

These are extremely competitive awards and are open to all nationalities and research areas with lead supervisor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Awards will be 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 School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering by the deadline to be eligible for consideration.

Closing date: To be confirmed (deadline likely to fall in March 2019).

Fully funded studentships

The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:

Developing Cleaner Graphite For Next Generation Nuclear Reactors

A new research partnership funded jointly between the DOE (USA) and EPSRC (UK) aims to study the mechanisms of retention and transport of fission products in virgin and irradiated nuclear graphite. The PhD project sits within a newly funded £1.5m research consortium involving the University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Central Florida and North Carolina State University. The successful candidate will be able to work directly with collaborators from these top US universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The key aims of the project at Manchester are to better understand mechanisms associated with fission product transportation in nuclear graphite. We will study the microstructural and spectroscopic properties of graphite using state of the art 4D X-ray and TEM tomography in order to understand the migration, retention and release of particular fission products in graphite with the aim to correlate microstructure characteristics to long term graphite behaviour. Complimentary analysis such as Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen porosimetry and diffractometry may also be used to understand FP interactions.

Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students.

Closing date: Applications are currently accepted for September 2018 start.

"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.

Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship

The Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship has been established in the School 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.

Research Impact Scholarship

The University of Manchester is offering a Research Impact Scholarship for September 2019 entry.

Awards will be made to 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 3 years and will provide a stipend of £14,000 per year. The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in September 2019.

Closing date: To be confirmed (deadline is likely to fall in March 2019). Applicants must have an academic offer for the PhD programme in place by the closing date.

Research scholarships for UK and EU students

The School 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 School'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 School 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.

Technical PhD studentship

The School 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 2013:

  • 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 (£14,777). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January or April 2019.

Details of the deadline for January/April 2020 entry will appear in summer 2019.