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Research Council scholarships

UK students are eligible for consideration for Research Council (RCUK) funding, which normally covers standard fees at Home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance award (£16,296 in 2016/17 inclusive of £2,000 London allowance). EU students are eligible for consideration for fee-only awards, although some EU students may be eligible for a maintenance award. For full details of eligibility and other terms and conditions please see the RCUK Training Grant Guide and Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

UK Research Councils don't give studentship awards directly to students but give them to the College, or to a Doctoral Training Partnership (a consortium of universities) of which the College is a member, for allocation.

In the Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, and the Management and Economics Faculty, College scholarships are awarded through the same application process as AHRC and ESRC scholarships so that by applying for a Research Council scholarship you will be automatically considered for a College scholarship.

Students interested in applying for research funding from a Research Council should enquire with their prospective department.

Research Council funding

Research Council

Discipline / department



Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Arts and Humanities, including History and Human Geography

Doctoral only

Please consult our AHRC page for more information

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

School of Biological Sciences

Doctoral only

Please contact the  Director of Graduate Studies

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Computer Science, Information Security, Mathematics, Psychology

Doctoral only

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Social Science, Geography and Psychology

Master's and research

Please consult our ESRC page for more information


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, School of Biological Sciences

Doctoral only

Please consult the NERC page for more information

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)


Doctoral only

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies



Funding for PhD studentships from the Research Councils and other funding bodies is subject to change at short notice and we cannot be liable for changes. 



College funding


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