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 Scholarships

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)

Saïd Foundation scholarship

The Saïd Foundation awards fully-funded scholarships to outstanding individuals from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine who are looking to study for a one-year Masters degree in the UK.

  • Funding: Full tuition fee plus additional benefits (see below)
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Tuesday 31 October 2023, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: Students from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon and Palestine

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.