University Funding

Applications from any field of research in the Faculty are eligible. Browse our Find a PhD feed for defined projects. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own.

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

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

  • Home tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility:

  • UK nationals*
  • Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
  • Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK

* Must be living in the UK/EEA/Switzerland on 31 December 2020 and have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for at least three years immediately prior to the start date.

Scheme opens: Information for 2021 entry coming soon.

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 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.

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP)

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:

  • tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Priority for 2021/22 academic led co-funded projects. Check individual project adverts for details.

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: Information for 2021 entry coming soon.

Scheme closes: Subject to funding availability.

Browse our FindaPhD feed for available 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:

  • Home tuition fees
  • training support fund £1000 per annum
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility:

  • UK nationals*
  • Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
  • Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK

* Must be living in the UK/EEA/Switzerland on 31 December 2020 and have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for at least three years immediately prior to the start date.

Limited funding opportunities are available for academically excellent International applicants. Interested candidates should email the AAPS CDT on aapscdt@bath.ac.uk.

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.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (CAS)

The CDT in Aerosol Science 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 MSc or BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in an area of physical science, engineering or biological science.

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

  • tuition fees
  • generous budget for research expenses and training
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 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: November 2020.

Application deadline: Monday 25 January 2021 at 09:00 (GMT).

Applications will be reviewed by the CDT recruitment panel and eligible applicants with a suitable academic background will be invited to attend an online recruitment and assessment day on Monday 1 February 2021. Late applications may be considered, subject to the remaining availability of studentships.

Find out about available projects 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 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 £15,285 per annum (2020/21 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: Monday 23 November 2020 at 17:00 hours (GMT).

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 £15,285 per annum (2020/21 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: Friday 8 January 2021 at 23:59 (GMT).

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 £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility:

  • UK nationals*
  • Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
  • Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK

* Must be living in the UK/EEA/Switzerland on 31 December 2020 and have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for at least three years immediately prior to the start date.

Limited funding opportunities are available for academically excellent International applicants. For further information contact art-ai-applications@bath.ac.uk.

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

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

Find out more about how to apply and a list of available projects.

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

Closing date for applications: 25 January 2021

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