Funding for UK/EU students 2019/20

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 2019/20 and 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.

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
+44 (0)1904 324519

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.

Applications are now closed

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 Department of Biology.

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. 

Applications are now closed

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:

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 2019/20

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

Applications are now closed

External scholarships

These scholarships are not endorsed by the University of York.

MIHA Commonwealth Scholarships (

Departmental scholarships

In addition, our academic departments offer some subject-specific funding opportunities. Details of these opportunities for 2019 entry will be outlined on the following pages as they become available. 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
+44 (0)1904 324519