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, which is detailed below.

‌‌‌Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

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.

‌‌‌Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). 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.

There will be a workshop for prospective ESRC applicants at 12.00-2.00 on Thursday 19 November in Charles Carter A19.

For further information please see the ESRC Studentships page.

ESRC PhD North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) CASE Studentships 2016

The Faculty of Health and Medicine with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers an exciting opportunity for an ESRC-funded 1+3 or +3 collaborative studentship for PhD research:

Assessing the health and wellbeing benefits of engagement in participatory arts activities for older people living with dementia

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply for this fully-funded PhD CASE studentship (3 years for +3, 4 years for 1+3), which is a collaboration between the Centre for Ageing Research and the Institute for Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University, with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. The studentship covers full fees plus a Basic Maintenance Grant (at RCUK rates). The student will receive a small contribution for research costs.

For further information please see the LICA Funding page.

Faculty Postgraduate Studentships

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.

Departmental Studentships

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):

University funding opportunities

There is a new scholarship for students starting a taught Master's degree at Lancaster from October 2015:

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s 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

Who is eligible?

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; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) 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.

Other bursaries

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 Master's 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 betwen £500 and £2,000 per annum) from Bowland, County, Furness, and Grizedale.

UK students

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.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In November 2015 the UK Government confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing master's courses in the 2016-17 academic year. 

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research master's 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.

 International students

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 PG funding for all academic disciplines.