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Funding

There are various sources of financial support available for PhD students. You will find here a selection of possible sponsors of your research. However, this list is not exhaustive and we suggest that you also consult the pages the university's funding service. Please also note that the funding bodies listed on this page accept applications from a wide range of subjects and are consequently very competitive. For this reason, we encourage you to search pro-actively for other sponsors who might be interested in supporting projects in your specific research field or in your particular country or region.

External Funding 

  • The UK's Department for International Development is giving away annually about 750 grants to citizens of the Commonwealth who want to undertake postgraduate studies in the UK via the Commonwealth Scholarship programme.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office are entertaining the Chevening Scholarships programme which goes to promising scholars from around the world who want to study in the UK.
  • The British Council does not offer a global studentship programme but they provide very useful funding databases for prospective students coming to the UK and for young researchers in general (as part of the EU's Euraxess programme).

Please do not forget that you may be eligible to apply for funding from other governments or third party organisations. Some examples would be the Marshall Fund, the Fulbright Awards, or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Internal Funding

The university has established a number of scholarship schemes for outstanding candidates. The programmes are set up at different levels within the university and cater for different purposes and fields of study. Please refer to the university's funding page (UK/EU students | International students) to identify the most suitable programme according to your needs, research topic and status.

PhD students enrolled at the School of Social and Political Sciences will be given the opportunity to tutor on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. A call for interested applicants is sent around by the Graduate School prior to the start of the academic year. However, it is not advisable for students to rely solely on this additional income to fund their studies.

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