Funding for postgraduate research programmes in the School of Management

The following are potential sources of funding if you are interested in studying for a Management PhD

Student-led scholarships 

The School of Management is pleased to be able to offer four competitively awarded scholarships to outstanding PhD candidates. 

The scholarships are open for any research topic broadly aligned with the school research themes. Applications are now closed for October 2021 and will reopen in due time for October 2022 applicants. 

Award amount 

The scholarship covers the full tuition fee. It also offers a stipend of approx. £15,500 and teaching income of approximately £2,000 per annum (depending on the actual teaching undertaken). Training in teaching will also be provided through the University’s CREATE scheme and is mandatory for scholarship recipients. 


For further information please email the Postgraduate office.


Supervisor-led studentships 

The funded 3.5-year PhD studentship will be based at the University of Bristol’s School of Management, which has a track record in innovative research and developing outputs that inform policy and practice.

The successful candidate will receive research methods training in the first year, tailored to their specific needs. The studentship holder will be expected to contribute to teaching in the department and will be supported by CREATE and or BILT training before they start with their teaching duties.

Applications are now closed for October 2021 and will reopen in due time for October 2022 applicants.


  • Applicants should hold a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and hold or expect to gain a Masters degree with merit, or equivalent qualifications in a requisite discipline
  • The funding of this studentship is open to International and UK applicants

Funding details

  • Next cycle to start in October 2022
  • 3.5-year award (3 years full-time, pro-rata during the write-up period in Year 4)
  • Fee waiver plus UKRI stipend (currently £15,609 per year). The "package" also includes a teaching contract, expected to be of value no less than £2,000 in years 1 and 4 and no less than £4,000 in years 2 and 3

ESRC studentships for PhD study

If you are interested in studying for a master's (MSc/MRes) followed by a PhD, you can apply for an ESRC studentship.

These studentships are associated with the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP), a consortium of universities in the south west. The Partnership benefits from the leadership and research knowledge available from five institutions, and builds on the success of the SWDTP, with over 200 ESRC funded researchers.

For some research topics, there may be scope to be considered for support under an interdisciplinary pathway. For example, the Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway may be relevant for those interested in certain kinds of applied research, or in statistical methodology. In the past, management students have also been awarded scholarships in the Sustainable Futures pathway, which is the interface between sustainability, energy and the environment by engaging the latest critical thinking on psychology, behaviour, risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences. For more details of the interdisciplinary pathways, please see the SWDTP website.

Deadline for applications: coming January 2022

University of Bristol and Alumni PhD scholarships

For students seeking funding for PhD study in Accounting, Economics, Finance, or Management, one potential source of funding is a University of Bristol Alumni and PhD scholarship. Further information and application procedures.

To be considered for a University of Bristol PhD scholarship, please email and copy your message to Your email should have the subject line ‘Bristol scholarships’ and consist of a brief statement that you wish to be considered for a scholarship, and an indication that your online PhD application has been submitted by the deadline.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) - University of Bristol Joint PhD Scholarships Programme

This award is for Chinese students who are citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application. Deadline for applications: coming January 2022.

The University of Bristol provides full tuition fees for each PhD programme.

The China Scholarship Council provides:

  • a stipend (as specified by the Chinese Government)
  • a return international airfare between China and the UK
  • funding to cover passport and visa fee

For full details and how to apply please visit the information and application procedures pages.

Bristol Digital Futures Institute and Supermassive Games launch PhD for Black heritage students

Bristol Digital Futures Institute, at the University of Bristol, has been set up to drive digital innovation for more inclusiveprosperous and sustainable futures.   

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to suggest practical and effective changes within the industry. Known as action research, the PhD student will address problems and trial solutions in real time. 

Closing date1st August 2021 

Find out more and apply

The teaching duties as part of the bursary has given me valuable experience. I have been teaching on a range of MSc modules in the School, and some topics are closely related to my own research. The work experience has given me great insights into what an academic life would be like, and also adds value to my personal profile.

Jie Sheng (previously PhD student in Management, currently Lecturer in Management)
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