Funding

Find your funding

Search our funding database for thousands of different funding awards.

From arts to zoology, sports to music, there are hundreds of different funding bodies offering postgraduate awards.

Our postgraduate funding finder covers UK, EU and international student funding from universities, charities, trusts, research bodies and commercial organisations.


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Studentships, awards and bursaries

Universities themselves are also a good source of funding, with their own studentships / scholarships and award schemes and smaller prize awards towards books and the like.

These have a variety of criteria, from the best history essay winning a book award to an international scholarship for an economics student from Indonesia.

Read more about studentships, awards and bursaries

Charitable awards

Another competitive area, but hundreds of charities and schemes offer money to needy postgraduates.

These range from large trusts such as the Wellcome Trust to much smaller, nevertheless useful awards – some have a wide eligibility criterion and some have much more specific remits.

Tips on charitable awards

Paying your way

Competition for complete funding is fierce, so it is likely that you’ll be looking at funding at least part of the course yourself, if not all of it.

For people undertaking part-time study (over 50% of postgraduates) this is often the case.

If the qualification is work related, don't forget to ask your employer if you're planning on studying and working.

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More on funding your own study

Research Council funding

The UK's seven research councils are government-funded agencies supporting research in different disciplines.

These bodies also represent the most important sources of funding for postgraduate students in the UK.

How to get research council grant funding for postgraduate study

  • Tips on getting research council funding for your postgraduate course
  • About the UK research councils and their specialist areas

Masters or PhD

Understand the differences in funding for taught and research courses at UK universities.

So what's the difference between masters and PhD funding?

Government bursaries

The government provides financial support in the form of bursaries for training as a teacher, social worker or healthcare specialist.

Are you eligible for support?

Glossary of terms

Terminology can be confusing when it comes to funding, particularly when terms are often used interchangeably.

Familiarize yourself with our funding glossary

Funding finder

MA, MSc, MRes, PhD, EngD... there are all sorts of postgraduate courses available with funding to match.

Use our funding finder tool to help you find funding for your course.

Searchable by both subject and course provider with £ hundreds of thousands on offer.

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Business courses

If you're planning to take a postgraduate course in finance, business or management then you'll need to be able to manage your own finances.

Courses can be expensive in these areas, but they often offer far greater returns through working life than the initial outlay.

Financing business courses

FAQs

Getting to grips with all the options when it comes to MA funding, paying for your PhD.

Finding funding for your postgraduate course can be a major research exercise in itself. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to narrow down your search.

Find out more about how to get to grips with funding