Postgraduate research funding for UK (home) students

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

Opportunities for 2022/23 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).

UK Government loans

You may be entitled to a postgraduate loan to help fund your studies.

Opportunities for 2022/23 entry

We'll continue to add new and returning opportunities once confirmed throughout the year.

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: £15,609+ per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • 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 (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Application deadline: Monday 28 February 2022, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

BBSRC White Rose DTP (WR DTP) in Mechanistic Biology: Diverse Talent Scholarships

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within its postgraduate research programme. We encourage candidate from all backgrounds to apply for a fully-funded PhD scholarship as part of the White Rose DTP.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Application deadline: Thursday 31 March 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students

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 (£15,609 in 2021/22) plus full fee waiver
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 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.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Application deadline: Friday 14 January 2022, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

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

  • Funding: Covers tuition fees, £22,000 stipend, research and training costs
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

York Graduate Research School (YGRS) PhD Scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to six fully-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the York Graduate Research School (YGRS).

  • Funding: Tuition fees at UK (home) rate; UKRI-aligned stipend; research training support grant
  • Application deadline: Friday 29 April 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students

Other schemes and resources

Departmental opportunities

Many of our departments and centres offer additional opportunities and specialised guidance on funding your studies.

Opportunities for 2021/22 entry

We update many of our opportunities annually. Any listed below may soon become available again for the next academic year.