Scholarships, Studentships & Bursaries
Scholarships, Studentships and Bursaries are funded by both the University and our individual academic schools. In addition the International Education Centre also supports international students through a range of awards for international students. Full time students only.
For information on the new postgraduate bursary for students in Wales, view the External tab below.
The School/University offers the following awards to students applying to study on any taught postgraduate programme:
The Organisation and Brain Basis of Semantic Knowledge (Behavioural/Ratings Studies and Neuroimaging)
Supervisor: Dr Richard J. Binney
Host: School of Human and Behavioural Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, UK
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship funded by the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences, Bangor University. The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees for PhD students, plus a maintenance stipend (approx. £16,062 per annum for 3 years) as well as a generous research allowance of up to £750. The studentship can commence any time between October 2022 and January 2023, but with a preferred start date of October 1st.
Project:The project will be supervised by Dr. Richard Binney. It will be broadly aimed at elucidating human semantic cognition, which is a set of processes that bring meaning to our verbal and non-verbal experiences and allow us to use this knowledge to drive context-appropriate behaviour. It will involve the acquisition and the analysis of behavioural (e.g., task performance), self-report (e.g., stimulus ratings), and/or neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, EEG) data. The precise research topic is yet to be determined and will reflect the interests and specific qualifications of the candidate. However, the supervisor is particularly interested to read proposals that concern (i) the organisation and neural correlates of social knowledge, (ii) abstract conceptual knowledge, and/or (iii) the relationship between semantic and social cognition. Applicants are invited to read Dr. Binney’s most recent publications on these topics, in order to establish common interests.
- A strong undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in cognitive (neuro-) science, psychology, computer science, or cognate disciplines.
- A masters-level degree in a relevant subject area. Studying for this degree can be in-progress at the time of application.
- Research experience in experimental psychology, psycholinguistics and/or a cognate subject
- Experience with neuroimaging methods
- Coding skills (in languages such as Python, MATLAB, or R)
Residency requirements:This studentship covers in full the tuition fees for British citizens and other nationals who do not require a visa (e.g., Europeans with settled status). International candidates are very welcome to apply; however, they need to contact Dr Binney to discuss the issue of fees.
Further information:Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Binney, email: email@example.com.
How to apply:All applications must be received by 4 July 2022 through our online application system: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/
Applications must contain the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae. This should be no longer than two pages.
- Cover letter. Include your motivation for applying for this studentship, aspirations beyond conducting a PhD, how you fit the essential and desirable criteria, and any reasons that you feel you are particularly suited to undertaking this project.
- Reference letters. Include two letters from academic staff to be submitted in support for this specific application. Candidates for this position must approach referees themselves and include the letters with their application.
- Research Proposal: 2 pages (the reference list is excluded from the page count) briefly describing one or two experiments to be conducted during the PhD, including a clear description of the research questions, hypotheses, and the approach to collecting and analysing data. The proposal is not binding: the candidate will be able to make adjustments during the PhD.
More Information about The Organisation and Brain Basis of Semantic Knowledge (Behavioural/Ratings Studies and Neuroimaging) *please note we are working on providing fully accessible versions of this file
Fully funded PhD Studentship (Sport and Exercise Sciences Pathway): Understanding mental health in elite women’s cricket
Bangor University, School of Human and Behavioural Sciences (HBS), supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. This particular studentship, known as a ‘collaborative studentship’, involves liaison with our collaborative non-academic organisations, The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The above collaborative studentship is now available to apply for and will commence in October 2022.
Deadline: May 23rd 2022
Fully-funded PhD Studentship: Examining the effects of psychological resilience interventions on recidivism in young people who offendBangor University, School of Psychology
Closing date for applications: 27th May, 2022
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Beattie in the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences at Bangor University, Wales.
Hours: Full or part-time, commencing in October 2022.
Funding amount: The studentship covers the full cost of tuition fees, plus a tax-free maintenance stipend of approximately £15,609 per annum. Studentships are available as either ‘1+3’, ‘+3’, or their part-time equivalent.
Residency requirements: Both home and international (including EU and EEA) students are eligible, subject to general eligibility requirements (see UKRI web-site). Successful international applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.
Supervisor: Dr. Stuart Beattie
Project: This PhD project is a collaboration between Dr. Beattie and the Youth Justice Service (YJS) for Gwynedd and Môn and is part of an established research program to develop research-informed, theoretically driven psychological resilience interventions for young people, with the aim of reducing recidivism. Psychological resilience interventions also hold promise for reducing social inequalities, increasing community cohesion, reducing unhealthy coping strategies (i.e., drink and drugs), and enhancing well-being, mental health, and positive pro-social behaviours. This PhD would extend this line of work both within Gwynedd and Môn and to all counties across North Wales, increasing both the research base and training opportunities. Dr. Beattie will provide extensive research training, while the YJS will provide access to their training resources, case workers (who will be your main point of contact), guidance in navigating the complex web of involved services, and excellent opportunities for knowledge exchange and scientific outreach.
Please read the full details here.
Essential Skills: The successful applicant will have:
- A Master’s degree and/or a first-class or good upper second-class undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, sport and exercise science, social science).
- Relevant psychology and/or clinical knowledge and interest
- A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for translational research.
- The ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
- The ability to communicate effectively, with evidence of strong scientific writing skills.
- A willingness to engage with and work directly with non-academic partners (e.g., attend trainings, support public outreach activities)
Desirable Skills: The following are desirable but not essential skills. Applicants are still very much encouraged to apply even if they do not possess any of the below:
- Experience designing and running human experiments and/or designing psychological interventions
- Clinical psychology experience, especially with at-risk youth.
- Interest in and/or experience with working with young people.
- Experience analysing experimental data.
- Experience of scientific outreach
Apply now: Before applying, please contact Dr. Stuart Beattie – firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project in preparing their application and Dr. Beattie will be able to describe this in more detail. All applications submitted on Bangor’s online system must include:
1.) a current CV (2 pages maximum),
2.) a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the PhD position (this should also include a description of how you meet the required and desired skill set and particularly how your skilss and experience relate to the project)
3.) a research proposal (1,000 words maximum),
4.) 2 academic references, and
5.) if relevant, proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
Jeremy Howell Research Conference Prize
As a UK Top 10, internationally recognised or World leading (REF 2014) research department, we are very keen for research excellence to be rewarded. We are extremely pleased to offer one successful Masters student financial reward towards presenting their MSc research project/dissertation at an academic conference of their choosing.
The awarded offers one student who graduates from our MSc programme with the highest research project/dissertation grade up to £1000 to present their MSc research project/dissertation at an academic conference of their choice. To be considered for the award, applicants must apply during their Masters study at Bangor by completing a one-page proforma application detailing their research project/dissertation title, an overview of their research project/dissertation, and the conference at which they wish to present. Applications must be submitted by August 1st of the graduating year of the applicants MSc. A final decision on the successful applicant will be made at our exam boards and the award will be presented to the successful student at our Masters graduation ceremony.
In the event of a tie, the Masters student with the highest overall degree grade will be considered successful. Individuals who do not submit an application will not be considered for the award. The project/dissertation to be presented at the chosen conference must have been completed here in the School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences during the applicants year of Masters study. The award includes finanical support (up to a maximum of £1000) towards conference registration, flights, accommodation, and subsistence.
All postgraduate taught applicants (Home/EU/International, full-time and part-time) are eligible to APPLY to become a Graduate Assistant (GA). Graduate Assistants are paid to work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support undergraduate student learning for up to 60 hours each academic year.
Why should you apply to be an Assistant?
SHES postgraduate programmes equip students with the latest knowledge in their selected field, plus a wide range of transferable skills, and an autonomous approach to learning that keeps them at the cutting edge of their chosen career. Assistantships are an innovative feature that allows students to put some of their learning into practice by supporting School activities, to help develop their personal applied support skills and to enhance their CVs with direct experience to support their future employability.
Graduate Assistants from the School have gone on to work as lecturers and research assistants in FE/HE, teachers, physiotherapists and exercise rehabilitation specialists, outdoor instructors/guides and paramedics.
“ A Graduate Assistantship provides the opportunity to place your own input and ideas into modules while gaining valuable experience in teaching, marking and helping out in the [physiology] labs. Most importantly an Assistant gains vital skills for a future career in sport and exercise science.”
Ben Price, MSc Applied Sport Science, Graduate Assistant
What is expected of an Assistant?
Activities that GAs are involved with will include supporting lectures, leading seminars, providing tutorial support, demonstrating in practical classes, marking undergraduate student assessment, invigilating at undergraduate resit exams.
GAs are expected to be prepared for each session by acquainting themselves with the core reading and ensuring that they have the ability to contextualise the material within the broader context of the module as a whole and the lecture associated with the seminar in particular. To this end attending the lectures can be enormously helpful, though this is unpaid and not compulsory.
Application process - Applicants should submit to a Curriculum Vitae, covering letter and a reference (ideally from a recent employer but an academic reference is acceptable), indicating their suitability for an Assistantship, to Dr Ant Blanchfield email@example.com by the closing date of the end of Welcome Week each year.
Selection is competitive and may involve an interview which will be in the first few weeks of semester 1. Please contact Dr Blanchfield for more information.
As you would expect from a university that places great emphasis on student support, Bangor is keen to offer extra help to students. Here are the bursaries and scholarships available for postgraduate students.
As you would expect from a university that places great emphasis on student support, Bangor is keen to offer extra help to students. Bursaries and scholarships worth over £3.7M are available for new and returning students.
Visit our Student Finance page for University Scholarships, Studentships and Bursaries.
When researching how to fund your Postgraduate course, you'll find that there's a range of funding available. We've compiled a list of the funding options and where to find support.
Awards for International Students
Please visit our International Scholarships webpage for details about different scholarships schemes, eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS 2)
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) provides opportunities for funded PhD and Research Masters study in collaboration with an active business or company partner. It is supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government and involves all universities in Wales, led by Bangor University.
Scholarship vacancies can be found here.
New Bursaries for Postgraduates in Wales
We are still waiting for the Welsh Government to confirm funding for this incentive for 2022/23.
The aim of the Postgraduate Taught Masters Incentivisation Bursary Scheme is to increase the number of Welsh graduates who remain in, or return to Wales, to study a postgraduate master’s degree.
These Master’s bursaries will continue to be available for the 2021/22 academic year:
- A £2,000 STEMM Bursary for graduates of all ages studying a Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine, often referred to as ‘STEMM’ subjects.
- A £1,000 Welsh Medium Bursary to study through the medium of Welsh. The bursary aims to support the continued development of the Welsh-speaking workforce and help achieve the target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
Bursaries are available to full and part time students with part students will receive their bursaries in equal instalments each year of their course.
New Bursary for Postgraduates over the age of 60
The Welsh Government is funding a new bursary for postgraduate students aged 60+.
- A £4,000 bursary for people over the age of 60. The grant aims to provide additional support for students over 60, who are currently unable to access the same financial support as younger students due to HM Treasury restrictions.
Bursaries are available to full and part time students with part students will receive their bursaries in equal instalments each year of their course.
These above Bursaries are not available to Post Graduate students who receive funding from
- a healthcare or social work bursary
- National Health Service (NHS)
- Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
- The Care Council Wales
- any allowance, bursary or award made under the KESS 2 Scheme.
Or for :
- Postgraduate Doctoral degrees;
- Master’s degrees that are undertaken as an integral part of a Postgraduate Doctoral degree;
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip);
- Postgraduate courses that are funded by undergraduate student finance, such as Initial Teacher Education (ITE), or Integrated Master’s.
NO Application required: All students who are eligible for these bursaries will be contacted directly by the University after registration in the new academic year, with the bursary to be applied as a fee waiver to reduce the cost of your tuition fee in most cases.
For further information contact the Money Support Unit : firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness Savvy Scholarships
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust Postgraduate Bursaries
Activia Training UK Scholarship
Activia are pleased to offer a £1,000 scholarship for college and university students in the UK.
Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject or nationality.
The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. To assist our students, Bangor University has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all Bangor students and staff to use! Login Now!
If you are a prospective student who has applied to Bangor University, please email to get an access PIN.
Masters scholarship on offer from FindAMasters.com. Available for all subject areas at any university currently listed on FindAMasters.com. Register now.
PhD scholarship on offer from FindAPhD.com. Available for all subjects at any university currently listed on FindAPhD.com. Register now.
Other Scholarships and Endowments
- PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk is a website that brings together all the different types of funding for intending postgraduates in one place, so you can view funding from general sources alongside university opportunities and funding.
Postgrad Solutions Bursary
Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply.