Funding for postgraduate research programmes

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

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 a 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 SWDTC, 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. For more details of the interdisciplinary pathways, please see the SWDTP website.

These studentships would commence in autumn 2020.

The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 21 January 2020.

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. For 2020 entry, the application deadline is midday on Tuesday 21 January 2020. Further information and application procedures.

To be considered for a University of Bristol PhD scholarship, please email and copy your message to and 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. The deadline to submit your application is Monday 20th January 2020.

All CSC - Bristol PhD scholarships are available for admission in September 2020 for up to 48 months of research at the University of Bristol.

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.

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 (PhD student in Management)
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