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Funding your research degree

Find sources of funding for postgraduate research study.

Funding from York St John University

Scholarships for alumni

If you are a current student or graduate of York St John University we offer a range of fee reduction options to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Scholarships for postgraduate research students

We offer a range of scholarships for different areas of research.

Scholarships for research students

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

We have purchased a licence to the Guide making it free for you to use. 

If you have applied to study with us you can contact the Funding Advice team to get an access PIN. Contact the team at

The alternative guide to postgraduate funding

Government Funding

If you are considering studying a doctoral degree, leading to a PhD or Professional Doctorate, you may be eligible for a Doctoral Loan from the UK government.

Find out more about Doctoral Loans

If you want to study a master's degree you may be eligible for a Master's Loan from the UK government.

Find out more about Master's Loans

Other sources of funding

This list has been put together by Research students with the aim of helping others who are seeking funding while doing a Research degree. If you identify a funding source not covered below, please email the details to it to be added to the list.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research to further the understanding of human culture and creativity, from ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.

The AHRC's Research Networking scheme is designed to encourage and enable discussion and development of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. It creates new research networks and runs short-term series of workshops, seminars or events.

The BBSRC funds research in plants, microbes, animals (including humans) and the tools and technology underpinning biological research.

The British Academy offers grants in the humanities and social sciences. Most awards are made to staff employed in universities and other institutions of higher education, but applicants are not restricted by either academic or employment status.

Awards are not available for the support of courses of study leading to professional qualifications.

The British Federation of Women Graduates gives awards annually to women in their third and final year of doctoral studies. The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence and are not expected to provide for financial need.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues.

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences.

The Experimental Psychology Society award contributions to experimental psychology. Award winners are elected annually.

The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust was set to promote interests in education, international friendship, world peace and understanding. Grants are given to charitable organisations supporting the interests of the Trust and to students who are undertaking a gap year or studying for a PhD.

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved higher education institution in Great Britain.

The Guarantors of Brain is a charity that aims to promote teaching, education and research in neurology and related clinical-academic disciplines.

Contains HEA funding opportunities and also provides access to other funding opportunities for learning and teaching projects across higher education in the United Kingdom

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Makes grants to individuals and to projects seeking the creation of a peaceful world, political equality and social justice.

The York Committee makes grants to organisations to help improve the general quality of life in York, with particular regard for those who are in any way disadvantaged.

Makes grants for political, campaigning or lobbying purposes.

The Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas.

Apply at any time within one of the science areas listed.

NERC funds world-leading research across the environmental sciences.

Several funding programmes aiming to improve social well-being which are open to applications, some directly and some through partner organisations.

 Postgraduate Solutions offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas.

The official UK graduate careers website has a section on funding further study.

Funds research and projects related to Jewish studies.

Offers a number of research grants for those undertaking Postgraduate research. Funds are available to subsidise conferences, training courses, and archival visits.

The Royal Society runs funding schemes to enhance the UK science base and foster collaboration between UK and overseas scientists.

Provide outstanding educationists with the opportunity to build an independent research career in STEM education.

Provide seed-corn funding of up to £15,000 for scientists within the first five years of their first permanent academic position.

You need a connection to commerce to apply for this, not necessarily with regard to your studies, it can be a job, or a past job in commerce.

Requires a connection to Scarborough.

Up to £500 but does not pay for fees. Requires a connection to Scarborough.

A search engine with over 1,200 scholarships.

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust supports students of medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, and Postgraduate students in all fields of study.

Funding to support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health.

Offers educational awards towards fees to British women aged 21 or over who have been offered a place at a British educational institution.

  • Your secondary school

Sometimes funding can be available to provide support during Postgraduate study. This is very much dependant on individual schools.

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