Funding your Research
Sources of funding for Postgraduate Research study
If you are considering studying a Postgraduate Doctoral degree, such as a PhD, you may be eligible for a governmental Postgraduate Doctoral loan.
Funding from York St John University
See the range of scholarships available to Postgraduate Research students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for 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 Joseph Rowntree Foundation is not a grant-making organisation and does not accept speculative enquiries for funding. They issue 'calls for proposals' and invite submissions to them.
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.
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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.
For information on Postgraduate funding opportunities offered by charities, foundations and trusts, please visit Funding.
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.
The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
York St John has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all students and staff to use. Login here
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. Contact the team at email@example.com.
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.