Successful PDS Award holders will receive funding towards their doctoral studies as well as an additional £1000 enhancement to their annual stipend/living allowance.

PDS Award holders will also:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where they will have the opportunity to meet the University's President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS Award students
  • benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars
  • become a PDS ambassador for the University
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for research students
  • receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal


The PDS Awards are open to all nationalities and across all research areas, and will be of interest to students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in world leading research environments.

Application and selection process

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Research activity covers a wide range of disciplines impacting on the medical, biological, health, clinical and psychological sciences.

Faculty of Humanities

Covers discipline areas of arts, histories and cultures; education; environment and development; languages, linguisitcs and cultures; law; business; social sciences.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Covers all aspects of research in the engineering and natural sciences (chemical engineering and analytical science; chemistry; computer science; earth and environmental sciences; electrical and electronic engineering; fashion, business and technology; materials science; mathematics; mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering; physics and astronomy).