Students taking courses in the Environment Department derive financial support from a variety of sources, depending on their country of origin and their course of study. The following comments apply only to Postgraduate students.
Taught courses: The main source of financial support for overseas students is the British Council. The Council generally only supports students for one year courses. Exceptionally, it will cover the costs of a two year programme. Students should apply directly to the British Council in their home country.
Research degrees: Most overseas students in the doctoral programme are funded by their home governments. A number are funded under research grants secured by the Department. Sources include the UK Department for International Development, the UK Department of Environment and the MacArthur Foundation (USA).
Scholarships: A number of scholarships are offered by the University of York.
Research degrees: The Environment Department offers a variable number of scholarships or studentships, sourced from Department Funds, the University of York Studentship fund, or from external research grants. The Environment Department is recognised as a research training outlet by both the Economic and Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council. This entitles students accepted into the programme to apply for research studentships. In addition, the Department has two research studentships from NERC for interdisciplinary research on biodiversity loss in agroecosystems in Britain. Students are also supported by grants from charitable trusts and local utilities. Home students from other countries in the European Union are generally supported by studentships from their own countries or from the European Commission.
Research Council studentships, e.g. from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) or the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), are available only to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident there for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies and who have already graduated from British universities or expect to graduate in the year in which they are seeking admission.
The Department offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships to students registered for an MPhil (these are usually available only to those who have satisfied or gained exemption from the MPhil Qualifiers). Teaching Assistantships are not sufficient to cover full maintenance. Both home and overseas students are eligible to apply.
The Environment Department invites applications for a University Research Studentship to support study towards a PhD. The Studentship covers the cost of the home tuition fee and provides a grant towards living expenses. It will be awarded for up to three years of full-time study, subject to satisfactory academic progress and to the performance of teaching duties.
The Studentship requires that a proportion of the maintenance and research costs of the successful applicant is met by an outside body in the private or public sector. Preference will be given to applications (a) that demonstrate the availability of such support, and (b) that involve research across the social and natural sciences.
The Recipient will be required to undertake 66 hours of teaching each year, the hours to be distributed over the academic year at the discretion of the head of department. The specified hours are to include marking and (in the first year only) training and preparation. The Department will provide appropriate training and mentoring, and will select the candidate on the basis of their ability to undertake teaching as well as research. It will provide essential resources to enable the award-holder to perform the teaching requirement (e.g. text books).
Full details on the various awards and how to apply for them are available on the Postgraduate study Finance, fees and funding pages.