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Fees and Funding

Postgraduate research students are responsible for arranging their own funding to cover fees and living expenses. There are many different ways you might be able to fund your research studies including:

  • research councils
  • local authorities
  • career development loans
  • trusts and charities
  • school or faculty studentships and bursaries

The University postgraduate funding website is an excellent place to start looking for help with the cost of your postgraduate studies, providing information on scholarships and awards you may be eligible for. The key is to apply early for your course, giving yourself the maximum amount of time to track down funding.

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

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. Although we offer PhD scholarships on a rolling basis throughout the year, 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 a PhD studentship from candidates starting their studies on 1st October 2019. The scholarship available will be project based and in the following area:

The Organisational and Cultural Aspects of Patient Safety: Focusing on Care Transitions and New Care Settings

The scholarship will be funded for three years and cover a maintenance stipend of £15,009 each year (current ESRC rate), plus UK/EU student tuition fees of £4350 at the current rate.

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

How to apply

Candidates must submit a PhD online application by 17th May 2019.  Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for the scholarship.

Apply for a PhD today

Once you have submitted your online application and would like to be considered for this Nottingham University Business School scholarship you should email to express your interest.

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

Alumni PhD scholarships

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Nottingham University Business School Alumni Scholarships for postgraduate research.

These scholarships aim to reward high-quality alumni who are considering applying for the Business School PhD programme.

Six scholarships are available with a discount of 30% on Home/EU or International tuition fees for studies starting 1 October 2019 for a period of three years.

To be eligible to apply, you must be an alumnus of the University of Nottingham, including China and Malaysia, and have received or are predicted to receive a distinction in your degree from Nottingham (undergraduate or postgraduate studies).

How to apply

Candidates must complete the online application for the PhD programme.

After you have submitted your online application, you need to email indicating that you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships.

The Nottingham University Business School Alumni Scholarships will run in conjunction with the Business School PhD scholarships and other postgraduate research funding opportunities offered by the University.

PhD scholarship for Nottingham University Business School MSc and MBA students

We are offering one scholarship for a PhD to begin on 1 October 2019 that is open for applications from both International and Home/EU Nottingham University Business School postgraduate students.

The scholarship covers the Home/EU full tuition fee only as well as tax-free living expenses of £15,009 [ESRC rate for 2019/20] and will be funded for three years. 

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship we would like you to submit a research proposal which should indicate the area in which the research will be conducted and the key issues that you want to examine in more detail.

Your proposal should also include the names of at least one potential supervisor who has agreed to supervise your PhD studies (either by signing the proposal or sending a supporting email).

Send your research proposal to: by Monday 1 July 2019 at the latest.

At this stage you will not be required to submit an online application.

Three candidates will be invited to make presentations on Thursday 11 July 2019 to a panel that will include the director of the PhD Programme and the divisional research directors.

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands funded PhD studentship to study at the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL)

Are you interested in healthcare improvement, and want to learn how to apply social science learning to make a difference in health/social care? CHILL seeks to:

  • Establish a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge around improving quality in healthcare, drawing on learning from a range of social scientific disciplines and the ‘know how’ of improvement practice.
  • Build new social sciences knowledge and evidence approaches that are effective in improving the quality of care and methods that can evaluate whether quality has improved.
  • Build strong links between researchers specialising in quality improvement methodologies and expert practitioners in the field, to deepen knowledge of what works and to accelerate spread of that knowledge in the NHS.

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student who will carry out research exploring the strategic de/implementation of health and social care services. The PhD will examine the interplay between implementation and de-implementation, where the uptake of new evidence-based services involves de-commissioning or stopping existing services. Resulting knowledge will be utilised to determine the evidence needs and thresholds of de-implementation for regional decision-makers.

The successful candidate will need to work closely with the CLAHRC’s Implementation Hub team.

The PhD will be part of the Business and Management programme at Nottingham University Business School. The studentship must focus on debates, theories, concepts and methods relevant to the discipline.

This funded PhD will commence in Autumn 2019. A yearly stipend at current UKR&I rates (£15,009), plus UK/EU student tuition fees (£4,327), is available to the successful applicant.

The successful applicant will be expected to visit research sites on a regular basis and should be able to travel across the East Midlands.

Closing date for applications: 23.59pm [BST] on 2nd June 2019.

Further details and application process

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.

Application form

Your application must include a research proposal, which should explore the key issues that you want to examine in more detail, and what methodological approaches you would employ.

In addition, please also enclose the following with your application form:

  • Transcripts of all your academic qualifications. If you have not completed your Masters degree yet, you should include a transcript of the marks received to date. Any offer is conditional upon achieving the required standard.
  • 2 academic references.
  • English language test result, if English is not your first language.

Entry onto Nottingham University Business School PhD programme is very competitive. If you fulfil all of the admissions requirements it does not guarantee that you will be offered a place. We also consider:

  • The quality of your research proposal.
  • References.
  • Your personal statement.

Please quote ref: CLAHRC-CHILL PhD 2019 in all correspondence.

The application form and required documentation should be emailed to by 23.59pm on 2nd June 2019.

Closing date: 23.59pm [BST] on 2nd June 2019.

Applications received after this will not be accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview on 23rd July 2019 (to be held in Nottingham). The successful candidate will be notified as soon as possible after interview.

For further information, please refer to the application form, and then email:

For academic / topic-related enquiries, please email: 



ESRC DTP Joint Studentship - Productivity Challenge: the Role of Technology Standards

Nottingham University Business School, as part of the Midlands Graduate School, is now inviting applications for an ESRC DTP Joint Studentship in partner with the University of Warwick, to start in October 2019.

This award is open to applicants with backgrounds in quantitative social science and related disciplines, such as economics, business and management studies, social statistics and applied mathematics.

Technological innovation is a key driver of productivity. The apparently weaker productivity growth experienced in the UK (and some European countries) compared to North America has been linked to slower diffusion in information communication technologies (ICT) and the lack of uptake of digitisation opportunities uniformly across economic sectors.

Technology standards play a significant role in technology diffusion with important implications for innovation, internationalisation and attendant productivity growth. A recent study commissioned by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggests that standards supported 37% of UK annual labour productivity growth from 1921-2013 (that is, approximately 28% of annual GDP growth).

Recent academic research has also highlighted the importance of developing open technology standards as a spur to productivity, innovation and firm profitability. However, business-level mechanisms underlying the standards-productivity relationship remain unclear. This research seeks to address this gap by considering two predominant channels through which learning from standards can enable performance gains by catalysing innovation and internationalisation activities.

Application deadline: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Further details and application process

This PhD project will offer novel insight into standards and technology-led productivity growth, which is a complex interplay between many distinct influences including innovative inputs, knowledge diffusion, market incentives, economic geography and institutional governance.

Working closely with Dr Li and Prof Battisti, the PhD candidate will conduct a comprehensive literature review and econometric analyses, drawing on large-scale secondary firm-level datasets such as the UK Innovation Survey (and other micro business datasets via the Secure Research Service by ONS).

This project will also use the Searle Centre Database on Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organisations – the most comprehensive dataset on standards and firm participation in standards development collected by the Northwestern University (US) (Baron and Spulber, 2018), as well as data on intellectual property such as patents and trademarks.

Finally, this project will be carried out in close collaboration with BSI, the UK’s national standards body, to yield significant governance or policy implications for designing effective standards, which expedite the diffusion of technologies to boost firm performance.

The PhD project will provide a significant contribution to the academic literature. It is also anticipated to achieve high impact and wider engagement with business practices (via a deeper understanding of efficiency gains through learning from standards) and policy bodies (via productivity growth and governance of standards development).

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, 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.

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD studentship, please complete the Collaborative and Joint Studentship application form.  Email your application form, along with academic transcript(s), a cover letter and a CV (including marks awarded to date plus details of two referees) to Karen Maltby.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide two references.

Application form

Application deadline: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Informal enquiries about the research or Nottingham University Business School prior to application can be directed to Cher Li.

Cher Li




  • UK and EU - £4,350*
  • Overseas - £17,550

* The HEU fee is estimated. The final amount will be determined by Research Councils UK and is expected to be announced in Spring 2018.

More information about fees for our postgraduate courses can be found on the Student Fees and Finance website.

International students

For further information about funding opportunities for overseas students, please see the international applicants website.

Graduate School

The Graduate School provides step-by-step guides and useful links to help you find the funding you need.


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