Scholarships and Funding

There are a variety of ways in which we support our students financially throughout their studies, ensuring that they receive the best possible experience at university.

The University has committed £3.7m to scholarships and bursaries, with 400 students per year being entitled to these.

Faculty scholarships cover your full tuition fees, as well as providing you with a generous stipend and access to a research training grant.

Generous travel grants are also available, allowing you to attend conferences, workshops and seminars relevant to your PhD.

External Scholarships

External scholarships are also offered by prestigious research councils such as the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). These also allow you to work alongside the Doctoral Training Centres listed below.

Research Council Studentships offer full payment of tuition fees plus a stipend for living expenses for UK applicants only. EU applicants may apply, but normally only fees are paid.

EU-funded Studentships normally offer full payment of tuition fees (at UK/EU level) plus a stipend for living expenses. No restrictions on applicants unless specified, but overseas applicants would need to pay the difference in fees.

Doctoral Training Centres

As a research student in the Faculty of Science and Technology, you will have the opportunity to access support from a number of doctoral training centres while undertaking your PhD. These include Envision and STARS (Soils Training and Research Studentships).

Industry-funded PhDs

Our PhD students have access to funding from a number of businesses. Our industry-focused PhDs will allow you to undertake intensive research and development on a specific research project to underpin the development of a new product or service, using this work as the basis of your programme of study. Undertaking an industry-funded PhD could give you a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year, have your tuition fees subsidised by your partner business, and put you in an enviable position to begin a long-term, well paid career.

Other Funding Sources

  • FindAPhD is offering 8 Postgraduate Scholarships for students of any nationality wishing to start a PhD in autumn 2016 at any EU institution.
  • Peel Trust Studentships are available for the support of prospective or current Lancaster University students. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship and is up to an individual maximum of £2500.