Alternative Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. 

The guide was written by two UK-based PhD students who between them have won over £45,000 from 52 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements and over 100 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is independently published by GradFunding.

The datbase includes: 

  • funding opportunities 
  • comprehensive guidance
  • grant application writing tools
  • model personal and financial statements 

This online tool can help you prepare a winning grant application and York St John has purchased a licence which is free for all students and staff to use! Login Now!

If you are a prospective student who has applied to the University, you will need to contact the Student Funding Advice Team to get an access PIN. You can contact the team at

Other resources

The Prospects Postgraduate Funding Guide has a good section on charities, foundations and trusts, and includes useful listings of organisations which offer funding for postgraduate study.

We also have a list of funding sources for postgraduates undertaking research which might be of interest, please visit Postgraduate Research Funding.

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