Funding your studies

Postgraduate bursaries, scholarships, grants and studentships

Postgraduate scholarships and grants may be available from a variety of organisations. The information below has been put together to help you find potential sources of funding. The list is not exhaustive and the organisations are not in any way endorsed by the University. The majority of the grants are modest and one-off; for example, travel grants to enable applicants to undertake fieldwork or attend a conference.

At postgraduate research level, there are few funded places available. The criteria and application procedures vary between organisations. Please read the instructions and eligibility criteria carefully on each organisation's website and contact them directly if you have further queries. Please note that not all of the opportunities listed below may be suitable for students wishing to study at London Metropolitan University.

Securing funding for postgraduate study can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you with your applications:

  • Start early. Most funding bodies adhere to deadlines very strictly and will not accept late applications. You should allow plenty of time to obtain references or confirmation of an offer of a place. This may take several weeks or more especially if your referees are outside the UK.
  • Check the eligibility carefully (eg residency or type of study).
  • Put time and thought into your application. Most funding bodies receive a large number of requests. Carelessly completed applications may be quickly rejected.
  • Give concise and relevant answers.
  • Give your referees clear information about what you want to do, where and why.
  • Make contingency plans. Be realistic about your chances of success and be prepared to look elsewhere for sources of funding.

We do our best to keep this page up-to-date. However, if you come across any funding information we have missed, or notice any broken links, please email research@londonmet.ac.uk.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The University subscribes to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which all applicants and current students can find under Supplementary postgraduate funding.

Funding websites and databases

There are a number of websites some of which give specific advice on financial support, as well as more general information for students in the UK. Useful sites include:

  • The British Association for Chinese Studies maintains a listing of current funding opportunities for postgraduates undertaking Chinese studies in UK universities or wishing to study in China and Taiwan. Please see the BACS website for more information.
  • British Council Education UK helps if you are an international student wanting to study in the UK, the British Council’s Education UK database can help you find the right award for your studies, whatever your level.
  • Gov.uk is the official British Government website for finance information for all students studying in the UK.
  • Euraxess is a source for searching international funding opportunities, including travel to conferences, organising meetings, short research visits and fellowships.
  • The Institute of International Education is an independent non-profit organisation founded in 1919. It is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. The Institute of International Education administers various scholarship programmes, including the Fulbright programme.
  • LLMstudy.com provides advice about funding your LLM (Master of Laws) programme.
  • Newton’s List seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a forum for grantseekers and funders. Newton's List is a resource open to individuals searching for international funding and organisations looking to market their grants to an international audience. They are a user-driven aggregate of current international funding opportunities for students and researchers working in natural and social science fields. Newton’s List is open to basic research funding opportunities related to natural sciences, engineering/technology, agricultural sciences or social sciences. They do not accept opportunities in biomedical sciences, humanities, or applied research. Disciplines on Newton's List are listed according to the OECD’s Frascati Manual (excluding “Medical and Health Sciences” and “Humanities”). For funding opportunities in the biomedical sciences, please check out the NIH Fogarty International Center.
  • Postgrad.com provides advice on how to manage your postgraduate course financially, including ways to fund your master's programme.
  • Postgraduate Studentships Search is the first dedicated website in the UK to combine all funding opportunities open to postgraduates into one place. Postgraduate Studentships Search is for both taught and research level students.
  • Prospects is the UK's official graduate careers website and provides useful information on courses, institutions and funding. Funding information on Prospects can be found on "Funding My Further Study".
  • Scholarship Search UK is produced by Hot Courses and UCAS and brings together a wide variety of information about planning and organising your finances as a student, including a scholarship search service.
  • Student Cash Point is a fairly recent source of information on student grants, loans, bursaries, scholarships and awards.
  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body and they serve the interests of international students and those who work with them. See the UKCISA website to learn more.

Studentships and other funding

  • Aga Khan Foundation gives international scholarships awards to outstanding students from developing countries on a 50% grant, 50% loan basis. The Aga Khan Foundation gives priority to Masters applications but PhD courses and requests for travel and study awards for PhD students will also be considered.
  • The Anglo-Jewish Association and their scholarship programmes funds in partnership with other UK charities to provide financial assistance to British Jewish students in financial need to enter further education or studying for full-time degrees at universities in the UK.
  • The BBC Performing Arts Fund provides a rotating grants portfolio through the Fund's blog and each year they focus on a different art form - dance, music or theatre.
  • The Biochemical Society, Krebs Memorial Scholarship funds outstanding applicants wishing to pursue a PhD study in biochemistry and/or biomedical sciences. Please see the Biochemical Society's website for more information.
  • The Biosocial Society, Postgraduate Bursary Scheme awards small grants to postgraduate student members of the Biosocial Society.
  • The Biotechnology YES Programme supports postgraduate researchers with its mentoring, advice and practical workshop competition.
  • The Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council supports research training in areas within its scientific merit. The BBSRC funds postgraduate research mainly through training grants and funding is awarded directly to research organisations and universities; not to students.
  • The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation invites applications for its scholarships to allow British and German students to study or conduct research in Germany or the UK, respectively, for more information please see the BCCG website.
  • The British Charitable Foundation for Women Graduates trading as Funding for Women Graduates (FfWG) provides some funding to aid women graduates studying for a PhD in the UK
  • The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies offers a number of awards for postgraduate students studying for taught and research degrees in a British university, working on a topic related to the Middle East or undertaking a taught programme in any discipline including a majority component relating to the Middle East, see the BRISMES website for further information.
  • The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF) provides funding for Canadian postgraduate students already enrolled and studying in the UK.
  • Chevening Scholarships. Are you under 35 and already experienced in your chosen career? The prestigious Chevening Scholarship could help fund your studies and introduce you to an influential global alumni.
  • The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in the UK offers a number of scholarships schemes to enable Commonwealth students to study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Please see the CSUK website for more information.
  • The Design History Society offers financial aid for postgraduate students for hosting and travel to conferences and for research purposes as well as directed grants for individual investigators, and support to publish, edit, translate and disseminate. Please see the Design History Society's website for more information.  
  • The Economic History Society will consider applications for grants (normally of up to £500) to assist postgraduate students (Master's Degree and PhD) in UK colleges and universities with travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the undertaking of research into any aspect of economic and social history, see the Economic History Society's website for more information.
  • ESCalate – The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education provides student grants are available to enable students to work with fellow students and staff, in engaging and responding to the learning, teaching and training issues of concern to you, please see ESCalate for further information.
  • The Folklore Society Postgraduate Research Bursary supports research in any aspect of folklore studies broadly defined and conducted at any UK university.
  • The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, information on how to apply can be found on Fulbright's website.
  • The Gen Foundation is a charitable trust that supports the research and study of natural sciences and the arts.
  • German Historical Institute London funds research visits by British and German postgraduates to Germany or Britain respectively, more information can be found on the Institute's website.
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining awards various scholarships, bursary and travel awards available to fund research. You must be a member to apply and see the Institute for more information and deadlines; they also maintain a short list of funding opportunities provided by other bodies in relevant disciplines.
  • Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships are awards that support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country (except USA). Details of each year’s scheme are usually published on the Leverhulme Trust's website.
  • The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust give postgraduate bursaries which are designed to provide support for eligible UK students, ie those who are (or who are connected with) Commercial Travellers, Grocers or Chemists, in financial need and are undertaking full-time postgraduate degree courses at institutions in the UK leading to recognised qualifications (eg PhD/MSc). For more details and to apply see the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website.
  • LLMstudy.com offers two LLM specific bursaries to help fund law student tuition fees.
  • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC) in the UK. For full information on applying for a scholarship and the Marshall Aid Charity Commission, please visit the Marshall website.
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Rubicon Scholarship Programme invites applications for the Rubicon programme. Grants enable researchers from abroad to spend one year conducting research in the Netherlands. The Rubicon Scholarship Programme is open to all scientific disciplines.
  • NHS Social Work Bursary provides non-repayable bursaries for those pursuing a postgraduate course in social work, more information can be found on the Social Work Bursary website.
  • The Parkes Foundation offers grants to assist PhD students to conduct research in the biosocial disciplines of reproduction, demography or fertility. More information from the Parkes Foundation.
  • Postgrad.com offers 15 postgraduate bursaries to help fund student tuition fees.
  • Research and Development Management Association (RADMA) - Doctoral Studies Programme and Student Conference Funding provides funding opportunities on the RAMDA website.
  • Rotary Foundation Grants - Ambassadorial Scholarships provides grants for academic study from intensive short courses to degrees. The Rotary Foundation accepts applications through your local Rotary club in your home country.
  • Rothschild Foundation (Europe), Academic Jewish Studies in Europe Grant Programme. Doctoral Fellowships awards support students preparing themselves for, or undertaking, doctoral dissertation research in Jewish studies at an academic institution in Europe. Please see the Foundation's website for more information. 
  • The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
    • Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund invites applications for fieldwork grants and promotes anthropological research, including ethnography and all branches of human and social science relating to the physical and natural development of people in society. Visit the RAI website for more information. 
    • Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds for Social Anthropological Research grants applications under its Radcliffe-Brown Fund. The fund supports social anthropologists to work towards completion of a doctoral thesis.
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 - Industrial Fellowships aims to encourage profitable innovation and creativity in British Industry - to the mutual benefit of the Fellow and his or her company. The Royal Commission supports projects in any science or engineering discipline are available.
  • Royal Geographical Society, Slawson Awards supports PhD students who are intending to carry out geographical field research in developing countries. Please find out more information about the Slawson Awards on their website.

At a glance

Maximum value: Varies
Open to: UK, EU and International students
Studying at level: Postgraduate
The information on this page applies to students starting courses in these academic years (as indicated):

2016/17
2017/18

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