Scholarships and funding: 2016-17
There are a variety of funding opportunities for Masters and PhD study. The listing below shows some of these opportunities, and links to others.
The Faculty receives studentship funding through the major research councils, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in addition to other more specialised programmes. Lancaster University also offers its own funding.
|Studentship||Level of Study||Details of Award||Eligibility||Deadline|
|Institute for Social Futures Studentships||PhD degree||Covering Tuition Fees (UK/EU) and Maintenance Award of £14,057 (UK only).||UK/EU only||Friday 20 May 2016|
|AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Studentships||Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree||Covering tuition and maintenance (UK applicants) or fees only (EU applicants).||UK/EU & Overseas||12 February 2016 (5pm GMT)|
|ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) Studentships||Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree||Covering tuition and maintenance for one year MA followed by 3 years PhD.||UK/EU only||1 February 2016 (5pm GMT)|
|Faculty Postgraduate Studentships||Masters degree, Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree||Awards will normally be made in the form of a fee waiver.||UK/ EU and Overseas||Varies – please see the relevant department’s PG funding page|
|Department Studentships||Varies by department||For information about departmental studentships please see the relevant department’s postgraduate funding page.||Varies||Varies – please see the relevant department’s PG funding page|
|Alumni Loyalty Scholarship||Masters degree||Reduction in tuition fees to all taught masters programmes for Lancaster Alumni.
||All Alumni||Automatic consideration|
|Postgraduate Loan Scheme||Taught and research Masters degrees||Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 for taught and research masters students.||UK only||-|
|The Peel Trust Studentship||All||Award up to an individual maximum of £2,500 reserved for applicants aged 21 or over on the first day of the first term for which they are seeking assistance.||UK/EU & Overseas.
Aged 21 or over.
|27 May 2016|
|Chevening Masters Scholarships||Masters degree||Covering tuition, maintenance, some travel costs||China, Ghana, Malaysia, Vietnam||8 November 2016|
Faculty Studentship Funding
Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures (ISF) is looking to appoint 3 fully funded PhD studentships. These studentships provide outstanding candidates with an exciting opportunity to define, inform and develop the new field of social futures. The Institute provides a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for futures-focused work. The deadline for applications is Friday 20 May 2016.
For further information please see the ISF studentships page.
The competition for 2016-17 entry is now closed.
In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.
For further information please see the AHRC Studentships page.
The competition for 2016-17 entry is now closed.
Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). Each year 63 studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions.
For further information please see the ESRC Studentships page.
A number of Faculty Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships are available for students wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
For further information please see the Faculty Studentships page.
For information about departmental studentships please see the relevant PG funding page (where there will also be information about applying for the Faculty Studentships in that department):
- Educational Research
- English & Creative Writing
- European Languages & Cultures
- Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) - Masters; PhD
- Law School
- Linguistics & English Language - Masters; PhD
- Politics, Philosophy & Religion (PPR)
- Sociology - Masters; PhD
University funding opportunities
Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:
- 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
- 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:
- Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
- Have graduated from one of our partner institutions (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; or Goenka Institution India) or
- Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme
The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements.
In addition to the above, a number of full and partial bursaries are offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available from the University's Postgraduate Funding pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website. There are also the following:
- The Alumni Opportunity Fund - UK (worth up to £250) for UK masters and research students who run into unexpected financial difficulties post enrolment.
- The Peel Studentship Trust (worth up to £2,500) is unique to Lancaster, and is reserved for applicants aged 21 or over on the first day of the first term for which they are seeking assistance. Both UK and international students may apply, with applications assessed on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
- College awards (worth between £500 and £2,000 per annum) from Bowland, County, Furness, and Grizedale.
Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional & Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website. These include:
- The Learning & Skills Council Professional & Career Development Loans scheme. Applicants can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).
- Possible sources of Government Funding include Disabled Student's Allowance, Tax Credits, and (for UK part-time students) Government (state) benefits such as housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit.
In November 2015 the UK Government confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing masters courses in the 2016-17 academic year.
Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to taught and research masters students. Detailed eligibility criteria and information regarding the application process is expected early in 2016. For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.
Lancaster University is delighted to announce that from the academic year 2017/18, we are offering five full scholarships for Masters study in partnership with Chevening. These scholarships are offered to successful candidates applying to Masters programmes that align to Chevening's priority areas within the applicants' home countries.
A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (for students from Commonwealth countries) the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
UK and International students
The Postgraduate Funding Database allows prospective students (both UK and International) to search and browse comprehensive listings of external sources of postgraduate funding for all academic disciplines.