Postgraduate funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year. It was formed in 1994 after the split of the Science and Engineering Research Council, and promotes research and related postgraduate training.
The EPSRC offers government funding grants to research and postgraduate students who show excellent potential in engineering and the physical sciences.
The EPSRC does not give money directly to students for postgraduate study (PhDs and masters) but funds universities through training grants. These training grants include funding for fees and stipends (maintenance payments for students). Opportunities for funding include:
- Doctoral Training Accounts
- Engineering Doctorates – four-year postgraduate awards working closely with industry-centres
- Industrial CASE (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) – three-and-a-half year postgraduate awards allocated to companies to enable them to take the lead in defining and organising projects with an academic partner of their choice.
How to apply for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for a masters or PhD
Potential postgraduate students looking for funding should contact universities directly. Individual universities will also have their own eligibility criteria.
Centres for doctoral training
The EPSRC funds centres for doctoral training (CDTs) to deliver four-year programmes in areas of recognised deficiency. For more information on funding opportunities visit www.epsrc.ac.uk.