Fees and funding
Students can apply for bursaries, loans, awards, scholarships and funding to support your studies.
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
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute is offering five 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 2019 entry are £18,000 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 your sustained academic performance (60% or over end-of-year average).
- This scheme applies to the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at The University of Manchester.
- Each scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a student demonstrating high performance (3.1 GPA or equivalent) in their final-year school examinations (or equivalent), the academic reference on their UCAS form, and the statement on their application form (see below).
- To apply for the scholarship students must complete the online application form by 18 July 2019, including a statement of up to 250 words stating what benefits 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 18 July 2019, for entry in September 2019.
- Applicants must have submitted their examination results to the Faculty by Friday 2 August 2019.
- The scheme is not available for students deferring their place to 2020, deferring students will need to apply for a 2020/21 bursary.
- Applicants will be contacted by 14 August 2019 to let them know if they have been successful in their application for the scholarship. Scholarships are conditional on applicants achieving the grades specified in their offer.
This Scholarship is open to International Students only.
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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.
Deadline for application - Friday, 1 February 2019, 5pm (UK/BST)
The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2019.
There will be one bursary available for each of the following programmes:
- MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
- MSc International Disaster Management
Amount: £9,500 (1-year, full Home/EU fee)
To apply for the bursary:
- Applicants must complete both the admissions application form and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) funding application form by 5pm on Friday, 1 February 2019.
- Applicants who apply using the SALC funding application form will be considered for both the HCRI and School's Taught Master's Bursaries.
HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)
Deadline for application - Sunday, 15 September 2019, 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.
These HCRI Bursaries are intended to match-fund the Movement staff development award.
Amount: £1,050 (1-year, half fee)
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 2019);
- 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 have successfully applied to, and be able to provide evidence of receipt of, the Movement's staff development award.
Criteria 3: 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 2019 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.
Bursaries for the postgraduate certificate and diploma in Global Health (PG Cert / PG Dip)
For 2019/20 nine bursaries are available to fund the PG Cert and PG Dip tuition fee. These bursaries are intended to support those most in need and are awarded on a number of criteria, including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement.
HCRI PGCert Global Health Bursary:
- Two awards available to fund PGCert in Global Health
Elys Roberts Scholarships for Global Health:
- Three awards available to fund PG Cert in Global Health
- Four awards available for PG Dip in Global Health
Deadline for application - Friday, 26 July 2019, 11.59pm (UK/BST)
- This bursary is tenable for one year only.
- Applicants may be of any nationality.
- Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PG Cert programme by the bursary application deadline.
- Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2019 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. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.
- Shortlisted applicants for the Elys Roberts Scholarship will be required to have phone/skype interview.
Conditions of any PG Cert / PG Dip Bursary Award
Bursary Award Holders have a commitment to:
- provide a blog entry for each module they complete;
- engage with requests for video testimonials if possible during their course;
- write a testimonial at the end of their course;
- provide feedback on completion of course to enable HCRI/IFRC to measure the impact of the bursary award.
If you are starting a postgraduate course in the academic year 2019-20, you are eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary. Each bursary is worth £500 and they are open to students from anywhere in the world.
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.