President's Doctoral Scholar Awards

The University of Manchester's President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Awards) are open to all nationalities and research areas.

Within the School PDS Awards funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities. 


Based on the academic track-record of applicants and evidence of research potential, we will select our Presidential Scholars from the various PhD applicants. For this reason, PhD projects will not be listed as offering PDS Awards at this stage. Instead, our most outstanding applicants will receive confirmation of their PDS Awards status alongside confirmation of their PhD place and funding.

PDS award holders will have the opportunity to:

  1. Attend a series of exclusive events where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Awards students
  2. Benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
  3. Become a PDS Ambassador for the University
  4. Receive the President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation
  5. Benefit from our extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers


Applicants must have obtained (or expect to obtain) a minimum first-class honours degree (or equivalent), and ideally hold a Masters-level qualification at merit or distinction. They should ideally have a track-record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes for previous research or project work.

How to apply

Applications for PDS Awards funding are open. Our research activity covers a wide-range of disciplines.

There are two routes by which you can be considered for PDS Awards support:

  1. Submit an application for one of our funded PhD projects see The application process for these projects is clearly stated and you should follow this. Outstanding applicants for these funded studentships will be automatically considered for PDS Awards support.
  2. Submit an application for a PhD project available as a self-funded project, see Applications for PhD projects are invited from outstanding applicants who are able to self-fund and are applying for a Faculty International Research Bursary, or in receipt of a (full or partial) scholarship from an overseas institution or sponsor.

School Excellence Awards

The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science has a number of prestigious School Excellence Awards available for PhD study. Bursaries range from £1,000 to £10,000 per year and will be awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. Applicants for the bursary must be able to cover the remainder of their tuition fees and their living expenses.

There is no specific deadline for bursary applications but to be considered for a bursary you must submit a formal PhD application.

For further information regarding the application process please visit the PDS Awards page on the EPS website 

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