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 

Applications are now invited with the deadline of Monday 4th January 2022, noon BST, to start in October 2022. The bursaries are open for any research topic broadly aligned with the school research themes. The School of Management is pleased to be able to offer four competitively awarded bursaries to outstanding PhD candidates. 

Award amount 

The bursary covers the full tuition fee. It also offers a stipend of approx. £15,500 and teaching income of between £2,000 and £4,000 per annum (depending on year of study and on the actual teaching undertaken). Training in teaching will also be provided through the University’s CREATE scheme and is mandatory for bursary recipients. 


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 open. Deadline 6th Jan 2022. 


  • 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

  • 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

How to apply

  • Submit your application for the Management PhD programme (including ethnicity information) by the deadline through the UoB online system. 
  • You can apply to the PhD bursaries competition online using the Admissions Portal (accessed via the 'How to apply' button). The application process includes completion of an application form and submission of supporting documentation.
  • As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement that sets out your experience, suitability for doctoral study, and motivation for applying to study on the PhD programme. If you wish to be considered for a supervisory-led bursary, please explain why you are the right candidate for this bursary in the personal statement. 
  • In addition, in the funding section of the application form, you need to indicate that you wish to be considered for the supervisor-led School of Management bursary.
  • Only applications that are complete by the deadline will be considered. 
  • Following submission of your completed application, you will receive an applicant ID number. Please quote this in any correspondence you have with the University of Bristol. 

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.

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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