Postgraduate research funding for international (including EU) students

We offer scholarships, bursaries and other funding to help you with tuition fees and living expenses.

Funding opportunities open and close all the time, so please check this page throughout the year.

Types of funding

Government schemes, like Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), are the main sources of financial support for postgraduate researchers. We award over £7m of funding each year through UK Research and Innovation (

These opportunities are open to students who pay tuition fees at the overseas rate. If you're unsure whether you're classed as a UK or international student for fee purposes, check your fee status.

Funding for students with disabilities

If you have a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability, you may be eligible for additional financial support.

Funding opportunities

The following opportunities are currently open for applications.

Commonwealth Scholarship

The University of York is a host university for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Various opportunities are available throughout the year. The majority of awards are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

  • Funding: various
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: Students from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize and more (see eligibility)

China Scholarships Council Scholarship

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council.

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: Students from China

York Performance Award

The York Performance Award is the result of a generous endowment by Sir Ron and Lady Barbara Cooke. The Award enables University of York students to perform in a venue beyond York in a drama and/or music performance.

  • Funding: £1000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

John Monash Scholarship

The John Monash Scholarship provides yearly funding to outstanding postgraduate taught and research students from Australia.

  • Funding: $75,000 AUD for each year of study
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Saturday 20 July 2024, 5pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Australia

The IAEA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help increase the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of both men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation.

  • Funding: Up to €20,000 for tuition costs and up to €20,000 for living costs for living costs for the Master’s programme.
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Monday 30 September 2024, 8.14am BST
  • Open to: International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Departmental opportunities

Many of our departments and centres offer additional opportunities and specialised guidance on funding your studies.

Other schemes and resources

External opportunities are not vetted or endorsed by the University.

Previous opportunities

Many funding opportunities are renewed annually. Some of those listed below may reopen for applications later in the year.