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Funding overview

Funding overview

There are three main types of funding for postgraduate research

You can also view a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and download a print-friendly guide to postgraduate research funding opportunities.

Additional information

External funding

External funding for postgraduate research students

Some of the external funding opportunities open to postgraduate research students are detailed below. For further information, and to check availability and eligibility criteria, please contact the funding organisation directly.

African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP)

Awards from the European Community for the training of African, Caribbean and Pacific citizens. Applicants must be nominated by their own government, which submits proposals to the local delegation of the European Commission.

Apply to:
Directorate-General VIII
Commission of the European Communities
Rue de la Loi 200
1049 Brussels, Belgium

External funding for postgraduate research students

Some of the external funding opportunities open to postgraduate research students are detailed below. For further information, and to check availability and eligibility criteria, please contact the funding organisation directly.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Through the provision of scholarships and fellowships, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) demonstrates its commitment year on year to increasing staff and student mobility and institution-building throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Scholarships and fellowships include:

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
  • Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission
  • Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC)
  • Other awards administered by the ACU.

E-mail:awards@acu.ac.uk

Bermuda and the Cayman Islands

The British government and the governments of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands jointly fund a scheme for students from Bermuda and the Cayman Islands who are undertaking full-time higher education in the UK. Further information can be obtained from the governments of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

British Council Awards

Awards and scholarships are available through the British Council. Details of award schemes can be obtained from the British Council's representative in the candidate's own country.

China

There are two schemes:

  • Sino-British Fellowship Scholarship Scheme

Awards are available for advanced short-term studies of a practical nature in scientific, technological, medical and educational fields.

Apply to:
Sino-British Fellowship Trust
C/O Coutts and Co Bankers
440 Strand
London, WC2R 0QS

  • Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme

For postgraduate study, either for PhD awards or research attachments, in science, technology, medicine, humanities and social studies. The scholarship covers fees in the UK for three years plus fares.

Apply to:
The British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London, SW1.

Colombo Plan Scholarships and Fellowships

Available in most fields of study relevant to the progress of developing countries. Open to nationals of countries participating in the Plan, including Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Philippines and the UK.

A request for an award is usually made by a recipient developing country to a donor country; the UK is a major donor country among member countries.

Further details can be obtained from the Colombo Plan administration in the candidate's own country. This is typically located in the Ministry of Economic Affairs or the Ministry of Development Planning. Candidates must be nominated by their governments for an award.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Assists students from Commonwealth countries who are undertaking postgraduate research degrees. Candidates are nominated by local committees in the Commonwealth country concerned. Final selection is made in the UK by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Applicants should apply through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in their own country and should be resident in the country at the time of the application.

Please visit the CSFP website to find out more.

Department for International Development (DFID)

Two sources of funding are available for international students wishing to study in the UK.www.dfid.gov.uk to find out more.

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FCO Chevening Scholarships

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and administered by the British Council, these scholarships are prestigious awards that enable overseas students to study in the UK. Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and give talented graduates and young professionals the opportunity to become familiar with the UK and acquire skills and knowledge that they can take back to their home countries. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research.

For more information and guidelines about the scholarship programme, please visit the Chevening website.

Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS)

FURS studentships provide funding to students, generally from low and middle income countries, who are undertaking postgraduate research in the field of urban and regional studies, particularly in the interconnection between social, economic and political processes and of the broader causes and effects of these processes. Only applicants from countries in 'group b' and 'group c' of the World Bank classification are eligible to apply.

Studentships are typically £8,750 per annum and are for one or two years' duration (subject to satisfactory progress). The trustees have the discretion to increase this in the light of special circumstances or hardship. A third year extension may be granted subject to a further application.

For more information contact:
Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies Limited
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 873599
E-mail: furs@essex.ac.uk
Website: www.iser.essex.ac.uk/furs

Hong Kong/Croucher Foundation

The Croucher Foundation is a private trust set up by the late Noel Croucher, one of the founders of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and a British businessman who was based in Hong Kong for more than 70 years. It is an independent foundation and derives direct income from its investments.

The foundation promotes natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong through awards and grants to scientists based in, and serving, the region.

For more information contact:
E-mail: cfadmin@croucher.org.hk
Website: www.croucher.org.uk<>

Latin America/Programme Alban

Programme Alban is a European Union programme of high-level scholarships for Latin American postgraduate students and Latin American professionals undertaking higher training in institutions or centres in the European Union.

Under the rules of the programme, educational or training periods may range from six months to three years. The scholarship is open to Latin American citizens living in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Log on to ec.europa.eu/europeaid/ for more information.

Technical Co-operation and Training Programme (TCTP)

British scholarships are available to individuals who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in areas that contribute to the social, economic and scientific development of Turkey. There are also opportunities for research assistantships. Details can be obtained from the Turkish Higher Education Ministry.

Applications are encouraged for study in the following fields: economics, political studies, social sciences with direct application to social problems, applied sciences, engineering, business administration and management, computer technology, information services and agricultural science.

Turkey

The scheme is open to all Turkish nationals with a first degree. There is no age limit. Funding is available for courses ranging from three months to three years, with provision for up to three months of English Language training in the UK prior to taking a place on a course.

Apply to:
The Assistant Representative
Office of the Counsellor for Cultural and British Council Affairs
Kirlangic Sok 9
Gaziosmanpasa
Ankara
Turkey

USA/The Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission offers awards to US citizens who wish to undertake postgraduate study in the UK.

For more information contact:
Education Advisory Service
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7404 6880
Fax: +44 (0)20 7404 6834
E-mail: education@fulbright.co.uk
Website: www.fulbright.co.uk

UK Research Councils

The following information is relevant to UK and EU postgraduate students.

The UK Research Councils support postgraduate training and research by providing UK candidates with tuition fees and a maintenance grant.

Non-UK residents from the EU can apply for tuition fee only awards; non-EU residents are not eligible to apply.

Candidates must apply via their university. Universities usually have their own internal deadlines that must be met in order for forms to be submitted before the Research Councils' deadlines (usually 1 May). The awards are highly competitive, so early application is encouraged.

There are a number of different Research Councils in the UK, each supporting different fields of study. Click on the links below to find out more.