Scholarships and Studentships




Newcastle University awards a number of scholarships per year to UK, EU and international students. However, the type of funding available, the size of the award, the eligibility criteria and the application process varies.

Details of the relevant funding sources are available on our online postgraduate funding database and the information is updated throughout the years as funding becomes available. Current offer holders are eligible to apply.

Additional scholarship and award information for International students

+ Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

£1 million in PhD studentships are being offered in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Each studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,057 living expenses per year (2016 - 17 Research Councils UK rate).

Application closing date: 30 April 2016

Further information

+ Postgraduate Research Studentships (for 2016/2017 entry)

Newcastle University Business School is pleased to announce that it has 4 school studentships to offer for 2016 entry.  These studentships enable students to undertake and complete a doctoral degree (PhD) within the Business School, for a period of 3 years.

In order to apply for a studentship, you need to have received a conditional or unconditional offer for Newcastle University Business School’s PhD programme.

The award will provide the successful candidates with the following:

  • An annual stipend of £14,296
  • A waiver for UK/EU fees throughout the 3 year period
  • Appropriate training for doctoral research

The successful candidates will have a good first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area, plus a Master’s degree at merit level, or equivalent.

We welcome applicants from any disciplinary area within the School.  Note that if you are an international student you are eligible to apply but the fee waiver only covers the equivalent of UK/EU fees – you would be responsible for the balance up to the International fees.

How to apply:

Your application should include:

Please send your application to  by Wednesday 22 June 2016 by 17:00.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make an expert contribution to your chosen subject as well as completing the highest and most prestigious qualification you can achieve.

+ UK/EU Students

If you have been resident in the UK for at least three years (not for the purposes of education) you can apply to the Economic and Social Research Council for awards to cover the cost of both tuition fees and maintenance. The School has ESRC recognition for 3-year PhD study (assuming a prior Masters qualification) and CASE awards in the economics subject area. Citizens of the EU are eligible to apply to the Research Council for fees only awards. Applications should be submitted through the Business School's contacts . The School does not routinely provide funding to PhD students for fees and maintenance, but on occasion has specific studentships linked to staff research projects, endowments etc. In these cases, the studentships will be advertised openly, and it is usually targeted at a discrete area of research. Further information can be found here.

+ Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship

Newcastle University offers a small number of University funded NUORS awards for outstanding international students who apply to commence PhD studies in any subject in 2014/15. Each award (value approximately £5,000 to £9,000 per annum) covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students and is available for three years of study.

For more information and for eligibility criteria, please visit the University website.

+ Peter and Norah Lomas PhD Scholarships in Economics

This scholarship is funded by a gift to the University by alumnus, Mr Peter Lomas.

The scholarship is offered as a three year PhD studentship for a full time student undertaking a PhD in economics and starting their studies in 2016/17. This studentship is available to someone with a strong background and a research focus in one of the following areas of Economics:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Applied microeconomics, including industrial, regional and public economics
  • Banking, empirical finance and risk management
  • Financial markets, insurance and behavioural finance 
  • Health, risk, safety, environmental and experimental economics
  • Labour market economics and applications
  • Macroeconomics, trade, FDI and international economics.

See details of our research areas here.

Value of the Award and Eligibility

The studentship will cover PhD fees at the home/UK rate and a level of subsistence equal to that provided by ESRC studentships (estimated rate of £14,057 in 2016/17). Applicants of UK/EU and International status can apply.

The holder of the studentship may have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the School. Payment for this will be at a standard hourly rate in addition to the annual studentship.

Person Specification

Applicants should have a good Honours degree (first-class or upper-second-class Honours) in an area related to the proposed field of study. It would be an advantage if you also had, or expected to receive by Autumn 2016, a Master’s-level qualification at ‘credit’ or ‘distinction’ level in a relevant subject area. 

How to Apply

You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form, selecting 'PhD Newcastle University Business School (full time) – Economics’ as the programme of study and inserting the reference number NUBECON in the "Studentship/Partnership reference" field on the Programme of Study page of the application.. 

You should submit a full and detailed CV, an outline research proposal of around 1,000 – 2,000 words, and a personal statement of around 500 words setting out your reasons for applying.

You also need to submit your degree transcripts and certificates.

Applicants are encouraged to approach a member of staff relevant to their research area in the first instance, to discuss their interests, and with a view to working-up their outline proposal.

Closing date: 22 April 2016

Informal enquires about the studentship may be made to:

Professor Colin Wren
PhD Director for Economics

+ ESRC: Phd And 1+3 Studentships



Funding for:

UK Students, EU Students

Funding amount:

£14,057+ per annum


Full Time

Placed on:

Tuesday 3rd November 2015


Monday 1st February 2016 17:00

Newcastle University Business School invites applications for ESRC PhD studentships as part of Newcastle University Business School's membership of the North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC).

The studentships take the form of +3 awards (PhD funding for students who have already completed appropriate master's level social science research training) and 1+3 awards (funding for students to study a Master's programme followed by a PhD).

The studentships are offered in any of the following subject areas, to start in September 2016:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Human Resource Management, Work & Employment
  • Marketing, Operations and Systems
  • Strategy, Organisation and Society

The award: These prestigious scholarships cover tuition fees and yearly stipend of £14,057. Excellent applicants will be selected to go forward to the ESRC competition. In the event that the application reaches the final round of consideration for support and is unsuccessful, the School will provide a comparable level of support to the selected candidate(s).

Eligibility: The ESRC awards are open to Home and EU students. EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the award will be entitled to a Fees Only award.

Candidate profile: All applications will be assessed against the following criteria: the quality of the applicant, the quality and feasibility of the proposed study, and that the applicant is well-prepared for their proposed research and future career. Successful students should also have the support of an expert supervisory team within Newcastle University Business School.

Typically successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Distinction at Master's level in a relevant discipline (for + 3 PhD candidates)
  • First class honours degree or equivalent at undergraduate level in a relevant discipline for PhD candidates still completing their Master's and 1+3 applicants
  • Overall score of at least 7.0 in IELTS test or equivalent (if appropriate).

How to Apply: In order to apply for a linked North East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) studentship, you need to have received a conditional or unconditional offer onto Newcastle University Business School PhD programme.

Therefore you need to complete both our PhD application form (and provide associated documents), along with a draft of the ESRC Studentship Application Form, which should be sent to your intended supervisor. Please include the code ESR16 under 'Studentship/Partnership Reference' and 'Who is your sponsor/funding body' on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a North East DTC award.

The deadline for ESRC applications is Monday 1st February 2016 17:00.

Candidates are advised to discuss their research proposal with a member of our academic staff with expertise in the research area. Details of academic staff and their research interests can be found on the School website main research areas.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed in early February 2016 and the selected candidates will be guided through the NEDTC application process.

Further information: For more information about this studentship and Newcastle University Business School PhD programme please see NUBS PhDProgramme, contact Carolyn Watkin (PhD Administrator or the NEDTC website.

+ EPSRC iCASE studentship with Siemens PLC

Project Title: Integrated Local Energy Systems and Market interoperability

Project Outline: The proposed research project will seek to investigate the techno-economic developments which can be expected for commercial exploitation of technological developments in district heating and low carbon transport within the context and to the benefit of the Local Energy System.

The trend towards devolution of powers from central government to local authorities is opening up opportunities for council and community led schemes (supported by various funding sources) to test and demonstrate technology and commercial arrangements to exploit advantages yielded from locally generated heat and power sources. The desire to move in this direction currently comes from local authorities and communities aiming to become sustainable and to provide lower cost utilities for commercial and residential customers living within the boundary of the city’s control.

The proposed research project will seek to develop a longitudinal study of how the local energy system will develop from a view of today through to 2026. Questions to answer will include; how will nascent technologies for sustainable generation, heat/energy storage, and transport impact the city and what are the emerging business models and market governance structures that will support these actors; who will be the key stakeholders in these developments from the view of owners, operators, suppliers; governors and how might government current (and future) energy policy and regulation impact these developments.

Siemens interest in the context of this techno-economic research on the local energy system is driven by the understanding that the predominantly centralised and regulated energy system of today will rapidly progress to a different socio-technical structure, characterised by distributed energy generation and control mechanisms for localised optimisation and exploitation of assets within a geographical boundary. These local energy systems could potentially become locally governed, self-sufficient and participate within the national energy system and markets. Siemens would like to further understand how this vision for the municipality over a 10 year time period could develop.

This is a three year EPSRC Industrial CASE award supported by Siemens and the awardee will spend a significant part of their second year working on site with the industrial partner to develop their ideas within an industrial context.

The award will provide the successful candidates with the following:

  • An annual stipend of £14,296
  • A waiver for UK/EU fees throughout the 3 year period
  • Appropriate training for doctoral research
  • Project support costs will be provided by Siemens

The successful candidates will have a good first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area, plus a Master’s degree at merit level, or equivalent.

Apply now to start in October 2016

How to apply:

Your application should include:

Please send your application to by Monday 15th August 2016 by 17:00.