Awards for Home UK/EU students

A good guide to funding postgraduate courses if you are a UK/EU student can be found at Prospects.ac.uk|

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding

The AHRC administers three different postgraduate award schemes  which provide funding for students undertaking Masters-level courses and doctoral research in the arts and humanities.

More information about AHRC awards and how to apply.|

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding

The process for being considered for an ESRC studentship is due to change for 2011 entrants. The ESRC has traditionally funded 1+3 and +3 studentships. The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training master's linked to a three year PhD and the +3 scheme provides funding for a three year PhD.

More information about ESRC studentships and how to apply|

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC| awards studentships to postgraduate students for training in methods of research. Advanced course studentships support students attending EPSRC recognised master's programmes. Master's and research programmes which currently attract EPSRC funding are noted in the appropriate subject entry in this prospectus.

EPSRC awards its studentships through the departments where the awards are to be held. EPSRC does not accept applications direct from individual students. If your programme attracts funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, you will automatically be considered for  financial assistance by your admitting department.

Further information from the EPSRC| website.

Useful resources

These contain details of resources for those seeking financial help from education trusts, charities or foundations. Copies of paper publications may usually be found in British reference libraries or British Council offices.

The Educational Grants Directory
Lists educational charities in England and Wales giving support to students in need.
More information about the Educational Grants Directory|

The Grants Register 2010
Lists worldwide postgraduate funding opportunities.
More information about the Grants Register 2010|

Professional and Career Development Loans

Many UK postgraduates partially finance their studies with a Career Development Loan. 

You need to apply directly to a high street bank.  The LSE's learning provider number is 2044.

More information about Professional and Career Development Loans|

Access to Learning Fund

Access to Learning funds are available to provide help for low income UK students who may need extra financial support for their course 

Preference is given to the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants 
  • Students with children (especially lone parents)
  • Students without sponsorship or other funding. (Such students should show that realistic provision as been made at the start of the course to fund both tuition fees and living costs. Students should have taken out the maximum Career Development Loan that they are eligible for or should provide evidence if they have been unable to secure such a loan).
  • Disabled students (especially where the DSA is unable to meet particular costs, please ensure you complete the disability section on the application form)   

Please contact the Financial Support Office in September 2011 for further information and an application form.

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