Funding for UK/EU students

There are a number of funding sources that you can apply for to help with the cost of course fees and living expenses. The funding available often depends on your personal circumstances and your area of research.

UK research councils

The main external sources of financial support for UK and EU research students are the scholarships offered by the central government research councils.

EU referendum update: funding for EU students

The government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2018/19 will continue to be eligible for UK Research Council PhD studentships for the duration of their studies, even if the course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

Centres for Doctoral Training

A significant proportion of the UK Research Council’s funding for postgraduate research studentships is now awarded to universities via Centres for Doctoral Training (also known as DTC or CDT) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP). These centres offer flagship doctoral training programmes and funding opportunities. 

The following research councils and DTCs offer funding and studentships for postgraduate research at York.

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Research Student Administration Team
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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

The AHRC offers scholarships for research degrees in subjects within the humanities through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield.

At York awards are available in the following subject groups:

  • Archaeology
  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Women's Studies
  • English and Related Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Language and Linguistic Science
  • Law
  • Music
  • Politics, Economics and Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Theatre, Film and Television

WRoCAH Networks Studentships

Apply for a fully-funded PhD Studentship at the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, under the following themes:

Electronic Soundscapes

This PhD project is 
National and global networks in electronic music, 1945-1967.

Find out more about the project and how to apply. Applications close on Friday 1 June 2018.

Floods: living with water in the past, present and future
This PhD project is Tracing coastal storm flooding in landscape and literature.

Find out more about the project and how to apply. Applications close on Wednesday 30 May 2018. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

The BBSRC funds world-class bioscience research that helps to tackle major challenges such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, and sustainable food production, land use and energy production. The BBSRC awards studentship funding directly to universities.

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology

At York, BBSRC studentship funding is available under a number of different schemes which includes funding as part of the BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology.

The BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology brings together the research of the world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. 

Awards are available in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.

Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP)

The ESRC provides studentships for research degrees in social sciences at York via the White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Science and engineering drives the global economy in the 21st century, and EPSRC is at the heart of it. It is key to tackling challenges such as energy security, climate change, our ageing population, crime and economic resilience. The EPSRC supports excellent, long term research and high quality postgraduate training in order to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK and the quality of life of its people.

At York, EPSRC studentship funding is available under a number of different schemes which includes funding as part of two new EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.

Centre for Doctoral Training Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI)

The Centre for Doctoral Training Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (iggi.org) will train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games.

It is a collaboration between the Universities of York, Essex, London and Goldsmiths College.

Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy

The Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy provides training from world-leading experts in a range of fusion-relevant disciplines:

  • materials science
  • plasma physics
  • nuclear physics
  • technology
  • laser physics and instrumentation.

It is a collaboration between the Universities of York, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Durham University.

Other EPSRC awards

EPSRC awards are available in the Departments of:

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC’s mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, it supports research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. The MRC funds postgraduate research training through studentships.

At York, awards may typically be available in the following departments:

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC is the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres. NERC awards studentship funding directly to universities.

At York, NERC studentship funding is available under a number of different schemes which includes funding as part of two new NERC doctoral training partnerships.

NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

ACCE provides doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related discipline. It is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

SPHERES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The SPHERES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership encompasses research activities within three broad themes: the science of the Earth's Atmosphere, Geosphere and Biosphere. It is a partnership between the Universities of Leeds and York.

Awards are available in the Departments of:

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC supports university-based research, innovation and skills development in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics, and space science. STFC postgraduate studentships are awarded to enable promising scientists and engineers to continue training beyond a first degree.

At York, studentships are available in the Department of Physics.

UK government loans

Other opportunities

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities 2018/19

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships fund doctoral research in three disciplines: History, Literature, and Languages.

External scholarships

These scholarships are not endorsed by the University of York.

MIHA Commonwealth Scholarships (cscuk.dfid.gov.uk)

Departmental scholarships

In addition, our academic departments offer some subject-specific funding opportunities. They also provide advice on where you may be able to source funding for your area of interest.

Useful resources

Contact us

Research Student Administration Team
research-student-admin@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324519