Student Finance England provides some useful information about funding options for postgraduate study:
The Foundation awards Fellowships each year to persons who are qualified in science or medicine who are carrying out research within the area of occupational and environmental health at a UK university. Further details can be obtained from the Colt website.
These international Fellowships support 15 promising young women researchers in the life sciences at doctoral or postdoctoral level.
The European Commission's Marie Curie (MC) Research Training programme offers individual fellowships for postdoctoral researchers from outside the UK (from either other EU or non-EU countries). If you wish to explore the possibility of applying for a MC fellowship at York, please e-mail email@example.com. NB: Individual fellowships at PhD level are not available under the scheme, but there may be PhD vacancies at existing MC proeracareers. Further information can be found on the Marie Curie web page.
The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation offers a number of scholarships to PhD degree students who are living in the British Isles during the period of application, are citizens of the United Kingdom or another Commonwealth country, Ireland or Israel, or citizens of another EU country (provided that they have been resident in the United Kingdom at least three years) and aged 24 or over on 1 September in the year of application. The Foundation offers funding in a number of areas, particularly for projects that are unlikely to attract other types (e.g. Research Council) of funding. Further criteria and information can be found on the Wingate Foundation's website.
The Council's Awards Fund offers about 60 grants a year, of sums between £100 and £500, towards tuition fees for female students aged 21 years or over. Further information can be found on the Yorkshire Ladies' Council of Education web pages