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PGR Funding: University of Manchester funded stipends to rise in line with UKRI

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A message from Prof Melissa Westwood (Associate Vice President for Research), Prof David Bechtold (Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health), Prof Scott Heath (Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering) and Prof Sue Heath (Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Humanities)

We are pleased to announce that The University of Manchester is making a significant investment in Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) by raising the minimum stipend for 2023/24 to £18,622 full time equivalent for all PGRs who are on a studentship funded directly by the University. This will see University of Manchester funded stipends rise by more than £950 from the 2022/23 level, in line with the minimum stipend provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to all UKRI-funded PGRs.

The increase will take place for those PGRs in receipt of a University of Manchester wholly or partly funded studentship, who are commencing or continuing their studies from 1st October 2023. If you are wholly funded by other external sponsors, that haven’t yet announced that they are also increasing the stipend in line with UKRI, please liaise with those funders directly to confirm stipends for 2023/24.

The University also provides support to all PGRs through the Cost of Living Support Fund. Any PGRs who are experiencing financial difficulty can apply for support with costs like private accommodation, utilities, food shopping, childcare etc. Further information on eligibility, costs covered, and the application form can all be found on the Cost of Living Support Fund website. Please also remember the University’s support services and the Togetherall (free online mental health and wellbeing support 24/7) are also available to all PGRs.

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