Below is a list of external funding that applicants could consider applying to.
National Postgraduate Loans
From Academic Year2018/2019, loans will be available of up to £25,000 from the UK Government for Doctoral Students starting a full or part time course. To be eligible for this loan you must be:
- An English Student
- Accepted for Doctoral Degree at a UK University
- Not in receipt of a Research Council living allowance
The loans will be available to self-funded UK nationals aged 59 or under. This website will be updated once full details have been announced by the UK government.
For more information, FindaPhd has produced a short guide to UK PhD loans.
As an MPhil or MRes student, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Find out more about Postgraduate Masters loans
Find a PhD (Competition)
Fund Value: £12,000
Criteria: FindAPhD.com are giving students the chance to win £5,000 towards funding for the PhD.
For more information visit: Find a PhD
Commonwealth Scholarships for Developed and developing Commonwealth Country Citizens
Fund Value: Range of support available
Criteria: There are a range of scholarships that can be applied to these are for applicants not current students, these will be advertised on the commonwealth website when the applications are open.
For more information visit: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/
Croucher Foundation Scholarships (for students from Hong Kong)
Fund Value: Range of support available
The awards are intended to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to commit themselves to full-time study or research in the following areas; natural sciences, medicine or technology.
Criteria: The full-time study or research must take place in an approved academic institution outside of Hong Kong. Applicants must have obtained a First Class Honours in their first degree.
For more information visit: Croucher
Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries
Fund Value: £500
Criteria: If you have been accepted to start a postgraduate course in the academic year 2016-17, you could apply for a Postgrad Solutions Bursary of £500. There are a range of different types of bursaries and they are open to students from anywhere in the world.
For more information visit: https://www.postgrad.com/fees_and_funding/postgrad_solutions_study_bursaries/ information/
Aga Khan Foundation
The amount of funding given to a student is decided on a case by case basis. The Aga Khan Foundation provides scholarships for postgraduate studies which are 50% grant and 50% loan in engineering and environmental sciences for students from developing countries.
For more information: Aga Khan Foundation
China Scholarship Council
The China Scholarship Council provides PhD funding to support Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad across all subjects.
For more information: Chinese Embassy
Islamic Development Bank
PhD scholarships are available to support study in the UK for students of IDB member countries in one of these research fields; health and medicine, agriculture and food production, water resources and desertification.
For more information: Islamic Development Bank
Regeneration Centre of Thailand
Fund value: $1500
A scholarship is available for students of ASEAN ancestry, who are looking to gain knowledge in the one of the following fields; healthcare, science, biology and mathematics.
For more information: Regeneration Centre of Thailand
Roberto Rocca Education Programme
The programme offers fellowships to students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela. To help fund studies towards a PhD degree in specific fields of study that include Materials Science, Mechanical, and Petroleum Engineering. The amount will depend on each student’s financial need.
For more information: Roberto Rocca Education Programme
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Fund Value: up to £3000
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trustees offer bursaries of up to £3,000 per year to UK university students who are in financial need and their parent or spouse is a commercial traveller, grocer or chemist. You can apply for a bursary for each year of your degree, however not for previous years that have been completed. The money can be used for any costs that are related to going to university.
Criteria: To be eligible to apply, you need to be:
- A resident of the United Kingdom
- Studying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a recognised UK university
- The child, spouse, widow or widower of a grocer, pharmacist or commercial traveler; and in 'financial need'.
For more information: Leverhulme Trade
Professional and Career Development Loans
Professional and Career Development Loans are loans from the bank, that can help you pay for your courses and training that will help enhance your career prospects. The amount you can borrow is between £300 and £10,000, they usually have a reduced interest rate and the government will pay for the interest while you are studying. Ideally you will need to apply approximately 3 months before your course is due to start.
You will need to find out which banks offer these loans as they are not available at all banks. Once you have found a bank that offers the loan, you will need to fill in one of their application packs and send it back to the bank. Once the bank has approved your application, you can take out the loan and agree to the repayment options.
Any student can apply as long as they fulfil the requirement set out by the bank. It is available to full time and part time students, however it is subject to a minimum number of hours studied. To be considered for this loan it is ideal that you have a good credit history and fulfil the conditions of the application.
Future Finance is a company, that offers loans to students to cover tuition costs or living expenses. A student can borrow anywhere between £500 and £40,000.
UK government PhD loans
For the academic year 2018/19, Uk Government PhD loans will be available. Any English student who is not part of a research council can borrow up to £25,000 to help cover the cost of their tuition fees.
Find a PhD
FindAPhd.com is an online database, full of advice on where to find funding, doing a PhD and what to do if something goes wrong. You can search the website and find lots of different funding opportunities, ranging from buying materials for your PhD to covering the cost of your tuition fee.
Prospects has a collection of different funding opportunities that are available to student throughout their research degrees.
Postgraduate studentships is a website that is full with different types of funding, that is available to students throughout their research.