Postgraduate Financial Support
The Research Councils listed below are the major sources of financial support for most UK/EU students wishing to register for research degrees (MPhil/PhD):
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Further information can be found at: www.ahrc.ac.uk
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Further information can be found at: www.bbsrc.ac.uk
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Further information can be found at: www.epsrc.ac.uk
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Further information can be found at: www.esrc.ac.uk
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
Further information can be found at: www.mrc.ac.uk
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Further information can be found at: www.nerc.ac.uk
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Further information can be found at: www.scitech.ac.uk
Full details of studentships are available from the Research Councils, but generally awards are offered on a competitive basis, either in the form of open competition, through a scheme of quota awards to individual University Faculties or through funding allocated to Faculties to administer.
Career Development Loans
Career Development Loans (CDLs) provide individuals aged 18 or over who live in the United Kingdom with initial help to pay for their own vocational education and training.
Educational Trusts and Charities
Limited financial assistance may be available from educational trusts and charities. Further information may be obtained from the Student Advice Centre.
Students may find themselves in financial hardship for a variety of reasons and Student Advice aims to help as many eligible students as possible. Priority must be given to those in unforeseen, exceptional and extreme financial hardship. Please click on the link below for more information.
British Council Awards
British Council awards and scholarships are available to certain overseas students to pursue postgraduate study. Details of the award scheme should be obtained from the British Council representative, British Embassy or British High Commission in the student’s own country.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Chevening Scholarships
Awards varying in value are offered to overseas students through a number of different schemes. There are special schemes for students from certain overseas countries, and further details are available from British missions in the student’s own country.
US Federal Aid
Further information for US students about federal loans
Various firms and external organisations cooperate with certain academic Faculties/Departments of the University by sponsoring research and by awarding research studentships to suitably qualified students. Faculties/Departments will be able to advise on the availability of these studentships.
Choral and Organ Scholarships
Choral and Organ scholarships, tenable for up to three years, are offered in conjunction with the Dean and Chapter of Guildford Cathedral. Further details may be obtained from the Department of Music in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences.
The Villis Award
A number of awards in the range of £100 - £250 are made annually to assist self-financing students registered on advance programmes or research degree programmes on a part-time basis in subject areas covered by the Economic and Social Research Council. Information about the awards may be obtained from the Student Fees and Funding Office in the University Registry.