School of Psychology

Fees and funding


Fees can be found on our fees website


From time to time we may advertise studentships in particular research areas, with associated deadlines.

The majority of our current doctoral candidates are funded through Doctoral Training Programmes. Applications to relevant Doctoral Training Programmes need to be made by the deadlines advertised by those programmes. However, you should still contact a potential supervisor in the School of Psychology at the earliest opportunity and certainly prior to applying to specific programmes. They will be able to advise you on which programme is appropriate for your proposed project and whether a supervisory team needs to be identified prior to your application.

Doctoral Training Programmes

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP . Candidates need to apply to the MGS directly but must have the agreement of supervisors in the School of Psychology before they make an application.

BBSRC DTP . Candidates need to apply to the DTP directly. Projects are selected during the first year.

MRC IMPACT . Candidates apply to advertised projects.

EPSRC Horizon CDT – My Life in Data Candidates need to apply to the CDT directly.

Typically, these schemes can only fully support Home students, however, the University has Vice Chancellor awards to help support EU and international students .

Doctoral candidates who wish to finance themselves privately will need to provide evidence to the University that they have adequate means of support for the full three year programme.

EU and International Students

EU students can be fully supported through the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence (EU) awards with additional funding from the School of Psychology. The BBSRC DTP also accepts applications from EU candidates. International students can be supported through the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) , which covers University fees but does not include a stipend. Note that funding is limited and it may not be possible for the school to commit funds to support these schemes every year.

As with UK-based candidates you should apply to the school before the funding deadline and we will help you with applications to the appropriate funding sources. You may need to obtain an appropriate visa in order to receive funding (see the University International Office for information) and must provide evidence that you have adequate means of support for the duration of the PhD, either from private sources or from the school funding schemes above.

Candidates wishing to apply to these internal University of Nottingham competitions, such as the Vice Chancellor Awards, need to have contacted potential supervisors and made an application to the School of Psychology through the University of Nottingham applications portal at least one month prior to the University deadlines.  


In all cases, decisions about funding are separate to decisions about whether you can be offered a place on our program. If you have sourced funding from your home country or do not need school or University financial support for whatever reason, we can consider an application at any point the academic year.

For further information on funding opportunities see the Graduate School funding page  

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