Funding for postgraduate students usually comes from one or more of a range of key sources:
Funding usually comes from one or more of a range of key sources
- Research councils
charities and trust funds, including those funded by the UK government
- Higher Education institutions
overseas governments (international students only)
professional and career development loans
self-funding (including family funds).
These funding sources will fund either taught or research postgraduate study, with the possible exception of professional and career development loans, which are intended to assist students with vocational or career related courses, and may therefore apply more readily to taught courses.
Examples of most of these types of funding are included in www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk
with the exception of funding you may be able to obtain from your employer and self-funding.
UK Research council and AHRC studentships
UK Research Councils do not make studentship awards directly to students, but allocate them to departments and supervisors who then advertise for candidates.
Funding for PhD studentships from UK Research Councils is available to UK citizens or those who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a period of three years or more.
EU nationals may qualify for a fees only award.
Below are links to the student web sites of the UK Research Councils.
UK research charities
Studentships from UK charities have varying eligibility criteria.
Awards are generally not made directly to students, but allocated to supervisors who then advertise for candidates.
Details of eligibility requirements for some of the major research charities are available through the links below:
International students studying in the UK
For any overseas students, your first port of call should be grant-awarding bodies in your own country (eg The Ministry / Department of Education) and your local (or nearest) office of the British Council
The British Council manage a small number of international studentship grants in some countries and should be able to tell you what other awards may be available to you - they also produce the Sources of funding for international students guide.