Alliance Manchester Business School PhD Studentships 2024 Entry - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

Alliance Manchester Business School


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£18,622 per annum for 2023/24)
  • A research training support grant

Specified use

+4 - covering a full postgraduate research programme

Please note that existing postgraduate research students cannot be considered for this funding.

Tenable period

4 years full-time or 8 years part-time.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

This award is internal.

Alliance Manchester Business School

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant cognate subject - normally with an overall average of 70% or above (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Application procedure

You must submit your completed online programme application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by 15 March 2024. Your programme application should contain all necessary supporting documents.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): AMBS School Studentships
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Please note that there is no separate funding application form for Alliance Manchester Business School Studentships. All decisions are based on the online programme application and supporting documents.

If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be invited to attend a funding interview. You may be asked to prepare a presentation on your proposed research. The interview panel will consist of a Division Co-ordinator and an independent interviewer.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include:
  • A 3,000 word PhD research proposal
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form. You may wish to contact your referees to request they submit your reference in a reasonable timeframe as this forms part of the review process
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS)

Selection criteria

  • Performance in interview
  • Academic merit and preparedness for research
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility

Selection body

Alliance Manchester Business School Postgraduate Research Committee (PGRC)

Closing date

15 Mar 2024

This competition has now closed for 2024 entry.  Deadlines for 2025 entry will be published here in due course.

Due to the high demand for AMBS studentships, we operate a staged process as set out below. However, we reserve the right to close the competition at any stage if all awards have been allocated, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

  • Stage 1: Deadline 1 December 2023; decision by 7 February 2024
  • Stage 2: Deadline 15 March 2024; decision by 31 May 2024

Please note that the given deadlines are strict and late or incomplete applications will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants by the dates specified above.

In some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage. If this is the case we will let you know after the initial deadline has passed. If your application is incomplete by the stage 1 deadline, your application will be rolled forward to stage 2.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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