The School of Law and Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester is inviting applications for its President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) School of Law Awards in the UK for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) award is the University’s flagship funding initiative and is strongly supported by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. The School is part of The University of Manchester and sits in one of the most important legal cities in the UK. They’re committed to providing internationally recognized education as well as a stimulating environment for research and business collaborations.

Their staff has one of the broadest ranges of specialisms of any UK law school, spanning law, criminology, ethics, and healthcare, and many have links with overseas organizations. Such a network means they offer a rich student experience to those who study with them, as well as contributing to legal and societal issues worldwide.

Worth of Award

  • The awards are allocated to their most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from the academic year 2019-20.
  • All PDS awards will include full tuition fees, including where the programme attracts higher tuition fees and an annual stipend of at least UKRI minimum stipend rate for 2019/20 (TBC). The RCUK minimum stipend rate for 2018-19 was £14,764.


  • Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class honours degree and a master’s degree with merit or distinction (or equivalent).
  • They should have a track record of engaging with research. This may include contributions to publications/articles, promoting their research to a wider audience, prizes/accolades for previous research work, setting up research collaborations with other groups etc.
  • Applicants must hold an offer of study at The University of Manchester before applying for this funding.
  • Applicants must hold an offer of study at The University of Manchester before applying for this funding.
  • Candidates must be of outstanding academic standards, i.e. those with first class honours and/or distinction at Masters level or outstanding equivalent professional qualification and/or experience.
  • Additional criteria include publication record, leadership/engagement potentials, and ambassadorial characteristics. The PDS awards are highly selective and will concern only approximately the top 5-10% of the Faculty of Humanities intake of doctoral students.

How to Apply

  • Applications for PDS funding and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday 1 st March 2019 at 5 pm.
  • Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5 pm on the date once set will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.
  • In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application by 31 st January 2019. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.
  • Visit the application website and fill the form

Deadline: You must submit your PhD application by January 31, 2019. Application closes March 1, 2019.


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