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PhD fees and scholarships

Funding is available for excellent students and we are proud to offer our research students an extraordinary level of support.

PhD fees 2018-2019 

Full-time programme

UK and EU -  £4,300

Overseas -  £16,350

More information about fees

When do I apply for funding?

You will only be considered for any of these funding opportunities after you have been accepted onto the PhD programme.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. We consider applicants for scholarships based on the strength of your application and a scholarship interview.

We strongly encourage students currently enrolled on a relevant Masters programme to apply for PhD funding. The same criteria apply for awards, along with a conditional offer subject to meeting the key entry requirements.


Business School scholarships

Nottingham University Business School is currently inviting applications for PhD scholarships from candidates starting their studies in October 2018. The scholarships available will be project based and in the following areas:


Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning (CHILL)

Haydn Green Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HGI)

Industrial Economics and Finance

Management - Employment Relations

Marketing - N/LAB

Operations Management and Information Systems

The scholarships will be funded for three years and cover a maintenance stipend of £14,553 each year, plus UK/EU student tuition fees of £4,300 at the current rate. The expected start date is 1 October 2018.

Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher honours degree in a social science, and a masters degree which includes a substantial research element, with an average score of over 65% in the taught modules and 65% or above in the dissertation.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application by 9 March 2018.

To be considered for a scholarship, email indicating which area you are interested in and making sure to quote the reference as indicated on the specific advert for that area’s project.

International students are welcome to apply, but awards will only be made at the home/EU fee level.

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Open day

We are holding an open day on Wednesday 14 February 2018 from 12 noon – 3pm in the auditorium at Jubilee Conference Centre.

International scholarships

The University offers a wide range of international scholarships which are specific to countries or regions.

FInd out more about research scholarships available.

ESRC Doctoral Collaborative Scholarship in association with Family Holiday Association

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) as part of Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partner Family Holiday Association to commence in October 2018, who has an interest in social tourism.

Social tourism describes the activities of organisations working for greater inclusion of people who are unable to participate in tourism opportunities, through interventions of a well-defined social nature.

Tourism can lead to positive outcomes for individuals and family groups, including relaxation and recuperation, strengthening of family bonds, expanding personal horizons, and geographical, historical and cultural knowledge. However, in the UK, despite being one of the wealthiest nations, around 40% of the population are not able to participate in a simple week’s holiday away from home each year.

For many, the main reasons are financial, but these can also include, illness, disabilities, caring responsibilities and others. There is currently no government funding to help support disadvantaged families to access a short, much needed holiday break. There are, however, hundreds of generally small charities working to provide such opportunities for different groups in the UK, providing what is termed ‘social tourism’.

Applicants should have a background in sociology, psychology, tourism or leisure studies, or other social science field.

Further details

The project will examine how families who face complex multi-dimensional challenges benefit from a break and how the experiences gained contribute to improvements in individual and collective self-efficacy. A range of evaluation studies have identified that these programmes can lead to increases in family and social capital, self-esteem, quality of life and subjective well-being (SWB), and to changes in behaviours, which could yield wider societal benefits. Yet there is little sense of how these outcomes contribute to changes in attitudes and behaviours, such as self-efficacy.

The ultimate aim is to help severely disadvantaged families become more resilient and better able to cope with their financial, health (mental and physical) and situational circumstances. To achieve this, that chosen applicant will be working with the Family Holiday Association, the leading UK charity dedicated to providing short breaks and days out for struggling families, and its wide range of industry partners

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfil eligibility criteria. To check your eligibility, visit:


Application Process

To be considered for this PhD scholarship, please complete the Collaborative Scholarship application form
with a covering letter and a CV, as well as two references, and email this to Karen Maltby:


Application deadline:
Friday 16th March 2018

Informal enquiries about the research or NUBS prior to application can be directed to:



Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6602
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6667