University Funding

The School is currently recruiting PhD applicants from both those with their own projects and for a wide range of specific faculty-designed and led research projects across all disciplines:

  • Accounting, Finance and Law (AFL)
  • Marketing, Business and Society (MBS)
  • Information, Decisions and Operations (IDO)
  • Strategy and Organisation (SO)

View all our current faculty designed and led projects.

Graduate Research Scholarships

Successful applicants will be expected to have a strong academic background and an exceptional scholarly vocation, including the desire and ability to support teaching in the broad subject area of their PhD. For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Graduate Research Scholarships.

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

  • Home tuition fees
  • training support fund £1,000 per annum (years 2, 3 and 4 only)
  • maintenance stipend £15,285 per annum (2020/21 rate)

Eligibility for Home fees:

  • 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.

International applicants may be considered for an award if they are able to provide evidence of their ability to fund the difference between Home and Overseas tuition fees.

The deadline for applications for October 2021 entry is Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT).

University Research Studentship Award (URSA)

Applications from any field of research in the School of Management are eligible.

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

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

Eligibility for Home fees:

  • 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 full scholarships may be available for academically excellent International applicants. International applicants may also be considered for an award if they are able to provide evidence of their ability to fund the difference between Home and Overseas tuition fees.

The deadline for applications for October 2021 entry is Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT).

There may be a second round of applications for this competition, subject to available funding.

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) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 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.

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 which 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 £15,285 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.

Funding availability for international candidates is not yet confirmed. If you do not meet the above criteria, we can currently only accept your application if you can fully self-fund your studies, although this is under review and could change. Further details will be posted here when available.

Studentships available: Approximately 45 across the partnership.

Find out more about studentships with the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

Scheme opens: Information for 2021 entry coming soon.

Application deadline: The deadline for applications for October 2021 entry is Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 12 noon (GMT).

If you would like to apply for a South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) ESRC studentship, there are specific guidelines you will need to follow.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security (TIPS-at-scale)

Based at the University of Bristol and University of Bath, the CDT offers a unique interdisciplinary PhD programme: resolving the trust, identity, privacy and security issues for large-scale infrastructure (TIPS-at-scale) and protecting our everyday services such as water, power, transportation and manufacturing.

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

  • Home tuition fees
  • Research and travel allowance
  • maintenance stipend £18,500 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 continuously since September 2018.

Limited funding opportunities may be available for academically excellent International applicants. For further information contact enquiries@cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk.

Scheme opens: November 2020.

Application deadline: Monday 6 January 2021 at 23:59 hours (GMT).

Following application, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment workshop, the provisional dates of which are 10 and 11 February 2021.

Find out more about TIPS-at-scale.

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 £15,285 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.

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.