Postgraduate Funding Project

Your VP S&E and VP H&SS have been working to collate information and support you might need when looking for Postgraduate Funding.

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Your VP S&E and VP H&SS have been working to collate information and support you might need when looking for Postgraduate Funding. If you want to get involved or find out more about this project - please email:

University Resources:

Funding a Master’s 

Generally, you are supposed to apply for Masters funding a year ago before you start your degree. It is usually best to try and complete your application up to 6 months in advance (for a September course this would be in March). To fund your Masters, there are number of sources on the QMUL/postgraduate website. You can find both internal and external funding option while searching through this page. You can either type your taught area or search by School/Country to find the most appropriate option for you.   

You can click on the link below and find the funding options to do Masters degree: 

You can also click on the link below and see the guidance of application process: 


Funding a PhD 

Generally, it is best to apply for PhD funding a year before you start your degree, however there is no fixed deadline. The decision-making process on applications can take from 6-8 weeks. If you are looking for support with funding to do a PhD at QMUL you select that you would like your application to be considered as a funded PhD during your application. There is lots of information about PhD funding options at the link below. 

Also, there are many internal and external PhD funding options for both home and overseas students. Due to funding requirements, either you can prepare your own proposal for the area you want to study, or you can select the areas which is specified for certain areas from funding body.  

In addition, you may also be able to get discount from your tuition fees for alumni or access a grant to cover some of your fees.  

 You can click on the link below and find the funding options to do PhD degree: 

You can also click on the link below and see the guidance of application process: 



There are many scholarship options for undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees from internal and external sources. To get a scholarship from any institution you are expected to finish your application a year before the starting day. Some Scholarships and awards can offer from £1000 to £5000 towards your tuition fees. 

Click on the link below and find the scholarship options: 

You can click on the link below and check out the Doctoral training studentships, 


Advice and Counselling Service 

If you still need some help about finding funding/scholarship you are very welcome to contact the Advice and Counselling Service or check out the website below to get more information. 


How to apply for a bursary:

What is the process like?

A postgraduate degree offers challenges and opportunities to undertake further study once you’ve completed your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Once you’ve decided to take this up, the next step is to identify ways to pay for it as money is often the biggest issue for prospective postgraduate students. 

There are many questions to ask yourself: 

  • How do you plan to pay for the course? 
  • How are you going to support yourself, e.g. funding living costs? 
  • Where can you to get funding? 


Applying for a scholarship, bursary or grant:

There are different steps to applying for funding which involves research to see what you can apply for based on location, subject areas, personal circumstances, or educational attainment. The criteria for each award varies and this requires an applicant to check the details and prepare for the application and provide documentation.   

Award; Eligibility criteria; Application; Deadline; Commitments 


  • Level: make sure to check which level of studies you are applying for: undergraduate or postgraduate? 
  • Course: what subjects/subject areas are eligible? How many years of the course does it cover? 
  • Value: how much are you being awarded? What can it be used for, is this going towards course fees, living costs, etc? 
  • Scholarship, bursary, or grant – these differ from loans, and most are not repayable   
  • Studentship – postgraduate research positions that come with funding 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Are you eligible for the award, do you meet the criteria to begin applying? 
  • Relevant criteria to look out for: specific course or subject, personal circumstances e.g., place of residence, disability, household income, academic achievement etc. 


  • Check what documents you need to submit, this could be: write a personal statement or essay, CV, research proposal, letter of recommendation, attend an interview, audition, etc. 
  • Ask for support with this process from Careers, Academic Advisor, Supervisor or peers before you apply. 


  • When do you need to apply for the scholarship by? 
  • Prepare to get all the relevant documents: if you need to ask for a reference or recommendation how long will this take? 
  • Do you need to apply for your course before or after a scholarship or bursary? 


  • If your application is successful, are there commitments attached to the award: is the award for a specific university/ course, do you need to represent the university as an ambassador, are there requirements such as training involved. 


Other forms of funding:

Charitable Trusts and Societies: 

There are several organisations that are interested in promoting new research and training in particular fields. Some charities/trusts that offer postgraduate funding in the UK include: 

  • Leverhulme Trust 
  • Wellcome Trust 
  • Funds for Women Graduates 
  • The Royal Society
  • And more... 

UK Research Councils: 

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) support research in higher education institutions in England. They fund UK and international researchers in all disciplines, from groups of researchers to studentships for those who are beginning their postgraduate research. 

Funding available for international students: 

  • Chevening Scholarships 
  • The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plans 


Additional External Scholarship Websites: 

External sites for further information and local/global bursaries, scholarships, and grants: 


If you are unsure and need further support, please contact: 


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