Fees and funding

Undergraduate funding

As well as student loans to cover fees and maintenance, UK/EU students may also be entitled to a University bursary or scholarship.

International Excellence Scholarships

International Excellence Scholarships

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute is offering 5 scholarships of £3,000 per annum for well qualified international undergraduate students. The awards will take the form of a scholarship against the tuition fees, which for September 2021 entry are £19,500 per annum. These scholarships will be renewed for each year of full-time study at the university, up to a maximum of three years, and will be subject to students' sustained academic performance.

Deadline Friday 14 May 2021 5.00pm (UK/BST).

Eligibility and selection

  • This scheme applies to the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at The University of Manchester.
  • This scholarship is open to International Students only. 
  • Each scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a student demonstrating high performance in their final year school examinations (or equivalent), the academic reference on their UCAS form, and the statement on their application form.
  • To apply for the scholarship students must complete the online application form by 14 May 2021, including a statement of up to 250 words stating what benefit they feel they will bring to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.
  • Applicants must have accepted an offer of a place on the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response as their firm choice by 14 May 2021, for entry in September 2021.
  • The scheme is not available for students deferring their place to 2022; deferring students will need to apply for a 2022/23 bursary.
  • Applicants will be contacted no later than June to let them know if they have been successful in their application for the scholarship. Scholarships are conditional upon applicants achieving the grades specified in their offer.

For further advice and information email: hcri@manchester.ac.uk

Taught master's funding

As well as the Postgraduate Loan Scheme offered by the UK government to eligible UK/EU students, we offer a range of awards for both Home/EU and International students at master's level.

Applicants to HCRI who apply for School master's level funding will automatically be considered for HCRI bursaries.

HALO Bursary 21/22

HALO Bursary 21/22

An exciting opportunity has arisen for three full-time HCRI Master’s students to partner with The HALO Trust throughout their studies in 2021/22.

HALO work has identified the need for further research into the interlinkage between poverty reduction, resilience, conflict and the environment. This is essential to inform and drive policy and programming over the next decade.

Successful applicants will collaborate with HALO to structure their dissertation research with the aim of producing tangible policy recommendations.

Research areas will include the following key intersectional areas of conflict, development and environment policy:

  • The role of sustainable livelihoods and incentives in preventing biodiversity loss
  • Measuring and mitigating the impact of contemporary conflict on the environment
  • Supporting stability and resilience in response to the impacts of climate change
  • The impacts of climate variability as a ‘threat multiplier’ to instability and conflict risk
  • The role of ineffective governance and institutions in exacerbating the risk of violence and conflict in the face of climate variability
  • Fragility and the role of enforced ‘Protected spaces’ in preventing biodiversity loss

Students will also have the option of undertaking a voluntary part-time internship with HALO for three months after their graduation, forming part of HALO’s Policy team where their research will inform the development and presentation of policy recommendations to influencers and decision-makers.

A bursary of $5,000 (USD) will be provided to support the successful applicants with their Master’s, to be paid in UK Sterling.

Those wishing to apply for this bursary must have applied (with all supporting documentation) to study full-time on one of the following HCRI Master’s programmes by the deadline stated below:

Additionally, applicants should submit the bursary application form to masalc@manchester.ac.uk by no later 12pm (BST) on Friday, 03 September 2021.

Questions can be emailed to Dr Adele Aubrey adele.aubrey@manchester.ac.uk

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a short interview in the week commencing 20 September 2021.  

HCRI postgraduate bursary (volunteering theme)

Deadline for application: Monday, 31 May 2021 11.59pm (UK/BST).

The HCRI department is offering one full-fee bursary (set at Home fees) to current University of Manchester undergraduate students or Project Trust Returned Volunteers who are able to demonstrate a strong interest in volunteering.

In today’s society, we are seeing an increase in humanitarian crises driven by climate change and conflict.

That’s why now, more than ever it’s important that we have people with the skills, voice and academic evidence to address these problems and take action and influence change going forward. 

The bursary is aimed at those who want will apply their insight, first-hand experience and enthusiasm for volunteering with relevant organisations and networks to their studies at HCRI. 

Through application and interview students should be able to show how volunteering has influenced or is relevant to studying at HCRI and their vision of helping others through their future career.

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £10,000 (1-year, full Home fee)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2021 entry are ineligible to apply.
  • The bursary is only available to current University of Manchester undergraduate students.

How to apply

  • Please read the terms and conditions below to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • You should first apply for a place on your chosen course using the standard application form.
  • Then you will need to complete the HCRI Postgraduate Bursary form.
  • Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an online interview.

HCRI taught master's funding

Deadline for application - Monday, 1 February 2021, 5:00pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at UK Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2021.

There will be one bursary available for each of the following programmes:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £10,000 (1-year, full UK fee)

To apply for the bursary:

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - PG Cert in Global Health

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)

Deadline for application - Friday, 30 July 2021, 11.59pm (UK/BST)

HCRI honours its partnership with the IFRC by offering a number of competitive bursaries to which only members of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies may apply.

Amount: £2,100 (1-year)

Eligibility criteria:


These bursaries are:

  • intended to support those most in need, and are awarded based on a number of criteria including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement;
  • tenable for one year only (commencing September 2021);
  • open to applicants of any nationality.

Criteria 1: The applicant must have submitted a complete application to the online Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health, including an application form, tailored online reference, and personal statement. Entry requirements and application process details can be found here.

Criteria 2: The applicant must be a volunteer or staff member with the Movement (i.e. IFRC/ICRC/RCRC). A reference from an appropriate colleague within the Movement is not essential but would support your application.

Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2021 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary are ineligible to apply.

To apply for the bursary:

  • Applicants must complete the PG Cert admissions application process, including online admissions form, tailored reference, and personal statement;
  • Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form;
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why they wish to study this course and what they think they will bring to it.

Within their statement, they should include details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context, and the impact the bursary award would have on the applicant and their work in the Movement. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Global Health Bursaries

Global Health Bursaries

Bursaries for the postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PGCert)

For September 2021 entry two bursaries are available to help fund studying a PG Cert. The purpose of the bursary is to support those pursuing a career in Global Health from low/middle-income countries who might not otherwise have the means to study for a postgraduate qualification.

Amount: £2,100

The closing date for applications is Friday 16 July 5pm (BST).


The Elys Roberts scholarship is available to support talented applicants from low/middle-income countries:

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • professional experience related to Global Health;
  • a clear idea of how the MSc in Global Health and studying at HCRI will benefit their career;
  • a clear passion around the subject of global health;


  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2021 entry are ineligible to apply.

How to apply

To apply for the bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 16 July:

  • submit the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions form, providing all necessary supporting material (including transcript and two references); and
  • submit a 500-word case for support of how you meet the bursary criteria by email to hcri@manchester.ac.uk. Please include your full name and application ID number.

Conditions of any PGCert Bursary Award

Bursary Award Holders have a commitment to:

  • provide blog entries throughout their study;
  • engage with requests for video testimonials if possible during their course;
  • write a testimonial at the end of their course.

Equity and Merit Scholarship

Applications now shut for 2020 entry - check back soon for details for 2021 applicants.

The University of Manchester's Equity and Merit Scholarships are for international students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania, who have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in their home countries. The awards are intended for those who couldn't afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship.

We offer two types of scholarship:

  • Full-time, on-campus master’s (one-year duration)
  • Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years' duration)

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international airfares, living expenses and visas.

Find out more about how to apply here

Postgrad Solutions

Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. 

Apply on the Postgrad Solutions website.

Research field trips funding

We also have bursaries available to cover some of the costs of our research field trips.

Postgraduate research funding

While you can apply for a PhD place at any time, if you wish to apply for funding for the upcoming academic year, you must have submitted your PhD and funding applications by early February. See the funding pages for annual deadlines:

Postgraduate 1+3 funding

Funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (three years). This is referred to as a 1+3 programme. It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available on the website of the North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership:

Funding for UK/EU applicants only

Applicants to HCRI are considered under the ‘Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World’ pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Applying for an ESRC studentship requires you to complete a separate application to your main University application. Ideally, you should have or be expecting a Distinction at master's level. 

Funding for applicants of any nationality

HCRI offers two studentships for the PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, with stipends at UK Research Council rates. One of these may cover international fees.

Funding is also available through the School of Arts Languages and Culture Studentships and The University of Manchester’s Presidential Doctoral Competition. If you are an alumnus of The University of Manchester, you are also eligible for the Research Impact Scholarships. Further details of all the funding including how to apply, eligibility criteria and application deadlines can be found at:

If you are an international applicant, it is worth seeing what your own home country research councils offer or investigating Commonwealth Scholarship awards.