Conducting a large research project is challenging work. We provide a range of support services to help you through your studies.
Postgraduate researchers are entitled to the same annual leave as members of staff. Subject to any conditions imposed by a research council or other sponsor or funding body, the holiday allocation for full-time PGRs is normally 38 days in any year, including public holidays and University closure days (pro-rata for part-time PGRs). Your supervisor or department can advise how to request annual leave.
"Comprehensive and sector-leading" support
The York Graduate Research School (YGRS) is recognised for its work at the forefront of PGR wellbeing, winning the FindAPhd Outstanding Contribution to Postgraduate Student Wellbeing award 2022.
The award is for the suite of PGR support and wellbeing activities run by the University's Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) team, and includes buddy and mentor schemes as well as the peer-led How to thrive and survive in your PhD programme.
PGR buddying scheme
The buddying scheme matches up new PGRs with existing postgraduate researchers to help you settle in.
PGR mentoring scheme
The mentoring scheme matches 2nd, 3rd and final year postgraduate researchers with a postdoctoral researcher.
How to thrive and survive in your PhD
Our 'Thrive and Survive’ peer-led sessions are created by PhDs for PhD students, offering personal insights and tips for making the most of your PhD.
Support and advice
It's good to know who to turn to if you need help, whether it be with your studies, your personal life or your physical or mental wellbeing. The Student Hub can provide support and advice on a range of issues, including money, accommodation, health concerns, immigration advice, and more.
See details of organisations offering tailored funding for specific events and opportunities. We also offer the YGRS Conference Fund for self-funded PhD students to apply for funding to attend research training events when other funding options have been exhausted.
If you find yourself in financial difficulties, take a look at our general assistance funding for students.
Cost of living support
We're very concerned about the impact of money worries on postgraduate researchers. In 2022/23:
- we matched the UKRI 10% uplift in PhD stipends for postgraduate researchers on scholarships funded by the University.
- PGRs who were not in receipt of funding for their postgraduate research (i.e. were self-funded) were eligible for a £500 lump-sum payment if they were within their registration period.
Further support for postgraduate researchers can be found on our cost of living hub.
Our health and wellbeing information includes an Advice A-Z on issues many students experience.
We also provide advice if you are feeling in crisis now.
We recommend The Wellbeing Thesis for advice specific to the postgraduate researcher journey.
We want you to get the most out of your research experience with the University of York, no matter where you are based.
Being a postgraduate researcher can be challenging - and studying at a distance can add to that challenge. Our aim is that you feel supported and can access any help you need.
Graduate Students' Association
We're one of only a few universities in the UK to have an independent student-led association specifically for postgraduates.
Contact the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) for advice and support and find out about their various networks, events and activities.