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President's Doctoral Scholar Award

The University of Manchester launched the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award on Monday 31st October 2011.

This flagship funding scheme, which is strongly supported by the University's President and Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, will offer over 100 elite studentships each year and be underpinned by a core investment of £2.5m over four years.

"It is an absolute priority for the University of Manchester to support and develop tomorrow's global research leaders." Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

The PDS Award will give the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects.


Successful PDS Award candidates will receive funding for their doctoral studies as well as an additional £1000 enhancement to their stipend/living allowance. They will also;

- be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where they will have the opportunity to meet the University's President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students.

- benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars.

- become a PDS ambassador for the University.

- benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for PhD researchers.

- receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation.


Please visit the relevant Faculty PDS Award webpage for details on how to apply for September 2014 entry.

- Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Covers all aspects of research in the engineering and physical sciences (chemical engineering and analytical science; chemistry; computer science; earth, atmospheric and environmental sciences; electrical and electronic engineering; materials; mathematics; mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering; physics and astronomy)    

- Faculty of Humanities

Covers discipline areas of arts, histories and cultures; education; environment and development; languages, linguistics and cultures; law; business; social sciences.

 - Faculty of Life Sciences 

Research areas include cell-matrix; cell organisation and dynamics; channels and transporters; computational and evolutionary biology; developmental biology; eye and vision sciences; history of science technology and medicine; immunology and molecular microbiology; molecular cancer studies; neurosciences, RNA and protein control systemes; structural and functional systems.

 - Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences 

Research activity covers a wide range of disciplines impacting on the medical, biological, health, clinical and psychological sciences.