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PhD Funding

Finding funding for a PhD can seem challenging, but it may not be as hard as you think.

In fact, there are a wide range of options available: from Research Council studentships and university scholarships to charitable grants and even doctoral student loans.

We've filled this section with detailed guides, explaining different types of support for postgraduate research and making sure you know what might be available to you. Better yet, we've also got the details of our own FindAPhD Scholarships competition.

PhD funding 101

Looking for a quick introduction to PhD funding, covering the main options available to you? If so, start here.

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Doctoral loans

The UK is introducing doctoral loans for PhD degrees. Our guide explains how this new student finance will work.

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The FindAPhD Scholarships

Our own Scholarship competition awards £12,000 to support postgraduate students every year. Find out how to enter.

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Research Council funding

The Research Councils distribute public funding for research training in the UK, including generous doctoral studentships.

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International funding

Looking for PhD funding as an international student in the UK? Our guide explains what's available to you.

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University scholarships

Universities often provide support to their own PhD students. The trick is knowing what to look for - and where.

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MSCA funding

The EU funds PhD students through its Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Erasmus Mundus & Erasmus+ support may also be available.

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Charities & trusts

A wide range of other groups and organisations fund PhD research. Our guide explains how to find and approach them.

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Disabled students' allowance

Disabled students' allowance (DSA) may be available if a disability, chronic illness or similar adds to the cost of your PhD.

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Working whilst studying

Working during a PhD isn't really 'funding'. However, it can help cover the cost of a doctorate - provided you have time.

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