Funding: PhD funding at the University of Manchester

money [150-2]PhD funding opportunities in East Asian Studies at Manchester University

Please note the eligibility restrictions – scholarships 1 and 2 below are only open to those who qualify as UK and EU, while 3 and 4 are open to all.

The subject area of East Asian Studies at The University of Manchester is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships through its membership in AHRC and ESRC consortia.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates for 2015–16 entry in the following areas of PhD research:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
East Asian Studies

General information about the PhD programme in East Asian Studies and research interests is available from:
For how to apply to the PhD programme online, see: 

The following funding competitions are now open:

  1. AHRC North West Consortium funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council: full fees and maintenance (eligibility rules apply).

Deadline for PhD Applications: 23rd January 2015 

Deadline for AHRC Funding Applications: 13th February 2015 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13th April 2015.

For further information on these awards as well as the funding application form and guidance, please

  1. ESRC. Open to research in the above subjects using a social science methodology, broadly conceived. The Language-Based Area Studies Pathway of the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre offers MA + PhD (1+3) and PhD (+3) studentships. Full fees and maintenance (eligibility rules apply).

Deadline for PhD Applications: 16th January 2015.
Deadline for ESRC Funding Applications:  2nd  February 2015.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of March 2015.

More information on how to apply is available at:

  1. University of Manchester – PhD Funding Awards

Manchester also invites candidates in Chinese, Japanese and Asian Studies, both UK/EU and Overseas, to apply for our School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) Award Scheme and our President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award schemes. Details of these are available at: 
The deadline for Manchester PhD Applications for School and PDS awards is: 23rd January 2015
The deadline for School and PDS Funding Applications is: 13th February 2015 – 5pm GMT

  1. Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies
    The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation have launched a new five-year grant programme designed to support the development of Japanese Studies in the UK. Applications are invited for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme.
    The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only.  Award holders will be welcomed to reapply for this studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.
    •    Any full-time PhD student (new admissions and current PhD students) whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan for which the University can provide adequate supervision may apply.
    •    Applicants may be of any nationality.
    •    Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PhD programme by the scholarship application deadline.
    •    Current students who have already accepted full scholarships for September 2015 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship are ineligible.

Prospective students:
1. Deadline for PhD Applications: 23rd January 2015
2. Deadline for Sasakawa Studentship Applications: 13th February 2015

Notification of Results:   A list of nominees will be selected by the Selection Committee and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which will decide all finalist awardees. Nominated candidates will be notified by the end of March. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June.
For an application form and informal enquiries please contact Dr. Erica

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their preferred doctoral supervisor before applying, to discuss their applications. Details of the academic staff are here:
Contact for academic questions: Prof. Hilary Owen (

Best regards and season’s greetings!


Peter Cave
Lecturer in Japanese Studies
SALC, University of Manchester
Samuel Alexander Building
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3195


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