Duncan Norman Research Scholarship

The Duncan Norman Research Scholarship at the University of Liverpool was established in 2004 following the receipt of a generous donation from The Duncan Norman Charitable Trust in memory of the late Duncan Norman.

Recently, we celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of the Scholarship, to mark this event, we asked scholars, both past and present, to tell us how the scholarship had benefitted them.

Read their stories here: Celebrating Success‌

2022 competition details

  • The competition for entry for 2022 will be open from 29th November 2021.
  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Monday April 4th 2022.

Please note that applications for scholarship can not be considered unless they have a corresponding application for a place to study at the University of Liverpool, therefore we request that you do not make an application for this scholarship until you have applied for a place. Please also note that incomplete applications or those received after the above deadline cannot be considered.


About the Scholarship

The University of Liverpool enjoyed the support and guidance of Duncan Norman for over twenty years. He first joined the University's Council in 1942, beginning a tenure that was to span twenty one years. In continuance of the legacy of Mr Norman, his family graciously established the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship Trust to support a prestigious postgraduate research scholarship.

For more information about Duncan Norman, in whose name this prestigious scholarship was graciously established, please read a brief Biography.

Duncan Norman PortraitAn oil on canvas painting of Mr Duncan Norman by Rodrigo Moynihan has been given to the University by his family, and currently hangs in the reception area on the fifth floor of the Foundation Building.

Information for Applicants

The objective of the Scholarship is to enable academically gifted students who also have the personal qualities to make them leaders in society, to pursue PhD study at the University of Liverpool.


One Scholarship shall be awarded each year and competition is therefore very strong.

This prestigious Scholarship consists of the following funding and research support:

  • Competitive annual maintenance stipend of £15,000 (or top-up to this level of maintenance if the candidate is in receipt of another source of funding)
  • Full payment of tuition fees (Home, EU or Overseas)
  • Free University accommodation of up to £4,635 pa or an allowance of the same amount for students wishing to live off campus
  • Laptop or desktop computer of up to £1000 in value
  • Support for conference expenses of up to £500 in years 2 & 3

The Scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance and, subject to satisfactory academic progress, will be renewed for a total period of up to three years. Priority will be given to students in receipt of Research Council or other equivalent funding. 


The Scholarship is open for application to all prospective full-time postgraduate research students irrespective of nationality, tuition fee status or subject area, starting an academic programme between 1st October and January 2nd of the following calendar year.

Please note that prospective MRes, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and currently registered University of Liverpool MPhil/PhD students, are not eligible for application to this scholarship.

Prospective applicants must hold a formal offer of study for a PhD programme at the University of Liverpool for the relevant academic session (as noted above) and only students who already hold, or are likely to attain in forthcoming examinations, a first-class honours degree (or its equivalent) are likely to be considered by the University’s Scholarship Awarding Committee.


It is expected that, where possible, all candidates for the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship should also have made an application to secure funding from alternate sources for a postgraduate studentship. If offered, the studentship must be accepted, and in such circumstances the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship would provide additional top up funding.

The holder of the Scholarship must register for a PhD at the University of Liverpool and attend any events based in Liverpool that are organised by the Duncan Norman Charitable Trust.

Please read carefully the above before taking the time to apply to ensure you are fully eligible.