Postgraduate research funding for international (including EU) students

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

Opportunities for 2023/24 entry will continue to be updated, 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 (ukri.org).

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.

If you're already studying a degree at another university, you can apply to spend time at York as a visiting student. Find out about tuition fees for visiting students.

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.

Opportunities for 2023/24 entry

We update many of our opportunities annually, so some of those listed below may soon become available again for applications.

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Open Competition Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Open Competition scholarships suit student-led PhD projects within the AHRC remit of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, Creative and Performing Arts, and Languages and Literature.

  • Funding: £17,668 per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

A Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield

  • Funding: £17,668+ per annum, plus £550 annual enhancement, plus tuition fees
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

BBSRC White Rose DTP (WR DTP) in Mechanistic Biology

This prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership and its strategic application brings together world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£17,668 for 2022/23 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Application deadline: Sunday 8 January 2023, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

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
  • Open to: Students from China

ESRC White Rose Social Sciences DTP (WR DTP) Scholarships

The Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan.

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£17,668 in 2023/24) plus full fee waiver
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 25 January 2023, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

NERC DTP in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

This prestigious Natural Environment Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research from the Departments of Biology, Environment & Geography, Archaeology and Chemistry,

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI (£17,668 for 2022/23 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Application deadline: Friday 13 January 2023, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including 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.