Future of the Academy PhD Studentship (Politics) - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

School of Social Sciences


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

Specified use

+3.5 - covering the full PhD Politics programme

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

Tenable period

3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available


Funding provider

This award is internal.

Department of Politics in the School of Social Sciences

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:

  • Politics

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a cognate subject at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

Applicants must belong to one of two broad groups identified as under-represented in the Academy:

  • Black, Asian, or minority ethnic heritage (BAME), including people of a mixed race/ethnic background;
  • Low-income/lower-socio-economic background (broadly defined) or who have incurred major familial or personal financial hardship, currently or whilst growing up. This group also includes care leavers. and those who are the first generation to attend University in their family.

Application procedure

Stage 1: Submit your completed online programme application for PhD Politics by 1 December 2023. We can guarantee eligible applications submitted by this date will be considered in the funding competition. If you apply after 1 December 2023 and would like to be considered in the competition, please contact rosalind.shorrocks@manchester.ac.uk.

Your programme application must contain all necessary supporting documents and indicate in section 9 your intention to apply for the Future of the Academy Studentship.

Stage 2: The completed Future of the Academy Application Form must be submitted to the Humanities Doctoral Academy via  hums.doctoralacademy.admissions@manchester.ac.uk by  26 February 2024.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include;
  • A 1,500 word  PhD research proposal . Please state the word count on page 1 of the document.
  • 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.
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS). 

Selection criteria

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

Selection body

Politics Studentship Committee

Closing date

01 Dec 2023

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

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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