Funding for research programmes

Master's and PhD scholarships for autumn 2018 entry

For autumn 2018 entry, PhD bursaries are available, with an application deadline of 16 July 2018. For more details, please read this announcement.

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in the School from autumn 2018, potential sources of funding include ESRC studentships, China Scholarship Council (CSC) - University of Bristol Joint PhD Scholarships Programme, and University of Bristol and Alumni scholarships. For information on these funding schemes, please see below; for advice on these and additional schemes, including alumni discounts, see the details of awards and eligibility requirements. 

If you are interested in studying in the school for a master's (MSc/MResfollowed by a PhD, please see the information below on ESRC studentships. 

ESRC studentships for master's and/or PhD study

We invite applications from eligible students for ESRC research studentships in all the school’s disciplines - accounting, economics, finance and management. These studentships would commence in autumn 2018. The application deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Further information

Further information on the awards and eligibility requirements.

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 SWDTC, 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. For more details of the interdisciplinary pathways, please see the SWDTP website.

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. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 30th January 2018. For more details and the application procedure, please see the information and application procedures.

If you apply for an ESRC PhD (+3) studentship you will also be considered, automatically, in the award competition for a University of Bristol PhD scholarship, subject to confirmation of availability. If you are not eligible for an ESRC studentship, but wish to be considered for a University of Bristol PhD scholarship, please email and copy your message to and 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. The application deadline for admission to the University of Bristol by 7 March 2018.

40 CSC - Bristol PhD scholarships are available for admission in 2018 for up to 48 months of research at the University of Bristol.

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 (PhD student in Management)
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