The University of Bolton will advertise a number of funding initiatives for postgraduate research degrees throughout the year, including studentships and scholarships through the university and its partners.

Current Studentships

Details of new studentships will be advertised here. If you would like any further information please contact the Research & Graduate School on ku.ca1558926033.notl1558926033ob@ni1558926033mdA-h1558926033craes1558926033eR1558926033 or
+44 (0)1204 903 883.


Over the coming academic year there will be a number of targeted investment initiatives in research to strengthen our Teaching Intensive, Research Informed (TIRI) agenda and the quality of our submission for REF2021. In order to help colleagues plan ahead the deadlines for the main initiatives have now been decided and are highlighted below.

Ainsworth Travel Scholarships Scheme 2019

This scheme aims to provide support for research-related academic travel for registered PhD students of the University of Bolton. The scheme will provide a small number of travel grants up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. Reasonable costs associated with travel such as accommodation and subsistence should be bid for as part of the award.


  • To support the University’s TIRI Agenda – through enrichment of the PhD research student experience
  • To support the University’s Research strategy – through support for the research student community
  • To support the University’s REF strategy – through facilitating career development of research students

Eligibility – Applicants

Eligibility – Awards

  • Applications can be for any travel / academic visit which has a direct relevance to the quality of the applicant’s PhD or associated research outputs
  • Examples of proposals which might be accepted are:
    • Contribution to costs associated with conference attendance in the UK
    • Contribution to costs associated with presenting a peer-reviewed paper at a conference in the UK, or exceptionally, overseas. In all cases the paper must be presented and published in conference proceedings.
    • Contribution to costs associated with visits to universities in the UK or exceptionally overseas where research related to the applicant’s PhD is being carried out
    • Contribution to costs associated with field work visits to collect data relevant to PhD studies
    • Contribution to costs associated with visits to libraries, archives or other curated collections relevant to PhD studies
    • Only one award will be made per applicant but any applicant can make up to two applications
    • Each successful applicant will be required to
      • Provide a brief report of their visit / research travel
      • Data collected must be made accessible in accordance with the Research Data Management Policy
      • Upload a copy of any conference paper to the UBIR (University of Bolton Institutional Repository)

Eligibility – Period of Award

All funds must be spent and claimed by 31 July 2019


Applications must be made using the online application portal which can be found at:

Arrangements for Identification of Awards

  • Bids received after the deadline will not be eligible
  • Bids will be received by a panel will be chaired by Executive Dean – Research & Graduate School. Other members will be:
    • Chair of the RKE Committee
    • SU President or nominee
    • 3 Faculty Research Coordinators
    • Secretary (from R&GS)
  • The Panel reserves the right to place conditions on the award

Evaluation Criteria

  • Added value to the quality of the PhD
  • Added value to the employability and research profile of the applicant
  • Added value to the reputation of the University – via the REF or otherwise
  • Overall Value for Money

The panel will view favourably applications to support the presentation of work that has previously been presented within the University.

It is a condition of receiving an award that the applicant gives a presentation on their research at the TIRI Conference in 2019.


  • Launch 15 June 2018
  • Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 6 July 2018
  • Announcement of successful applicants: 23 July 2018

The scheme is named after the first Chair of the Committee which met on 1 July 1825 and eventually established the Mechanics’ Institute of Bolton, which became the University of Bolton.

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