Funding for UK/EU students 2020/21

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.

EU update - the Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2020/21 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. Find out more about Brexit and the implications for studying in the UK.

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. 

We award over £7m of studentships to our students each year through UK Research and Innovation.

Doctoral Training Programmes

A significant proportion of the UK Research Council’s funding for postgraduate research studentships is awarded to universities via Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). 

These centres provide an innovative learning environment, with broader development opportunities such as research visits or placements.  You’ll develop technical and transferable skills, build relationships with researchers at other universities, often internationally, and forge links with industrial and cultural partners. 

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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The AHRC funds world-class research in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages. At York the AHRC provides studentships via the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.

White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Led by York, it provides training, development activities, public engagement opportunities and partnership working outside academia to a community of more than 200 doctoral researchers.

WRoCAH is able to offer at least 48 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

This year two types of studentship are offered:

You can make only one funding application to WRoCAH, so you need to choose the scheme that suits you best.

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.

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.

ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. At York the ESRC provides studentships via the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. It offers over 335 studentships and enables PhD students to participate in local, national and international networks of non-academic partners, opinion formers, policymakers and leading academics.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, they are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

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

Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI)

IGGI is preparing the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games, bringing PhD students together with over 60 external industry partners. York leads this dynamic collaboration, working with Goldsmiths, University of London; Queen Mary, University of London; and the University of Essex.

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.

At York, studentships are typically be available in the following departments:

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 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's a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

Panorama 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.

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, STFC studentships are available in the Department of Physics.

Other scholarships

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

We expect to offer these studentships for 2020/21 entry. Further details will be available in late October.

Acton-Goodman Scholarships

Thanks to a generous gift from the Acton Society Trust, the Acton Goodman Scholarships will fund two candidates, one of whom will be located in the Morrell Centre for Toleration within the York Law School, while the other can be from any discipline, however it is expected to be an area of relevance to the interests of the Acton Society Trust and Ted Goodman. We expect to offer these scholarships for 2020/21 entry.

Science and Technology of Fusion Energy

We lead this collaboration alongside worldclass institutes, industry partners and the Universities of Durham, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford. The CDT provides access to fusion devices across the world, with research projects spanning plasma physics, materials science and related fusion technologies. Funding for 2020/21 entry is subject to confirmation.

Other Doctoral Training Programmes are also are available in the Departments of:

UK Government loans

You may be eligible for a Government-backed loan to help fund your postgraduate studies. Find out more about:

Departmental and alumni funding

We award over £4m of scholarships each year through departmental funding and scholarships made possible thanks to the generous donations of York alumni and donors. 


Contact us

Research Student Administration Team
+44 (0)1904 324519