Postgraduate Research Funding

General Information

As a postgraduate research student, you can be funded from several different sources:

  • Research Council Studentships: 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 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.
  • Faculty Studentships: normally 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.
  • ESRC Studentship competition: The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership holds an annual competition for studentships, which can be used for study towards a PhD in Statistics or Social Statistics. Candidates may apply for funding towards masters and doctoral (1+3/2+2) study, or doctoral study only (+3/+2).

    The competition for October 2018 entry is now open, with closing date 5th February 2018. If you are interested, you need to contact the department by the end of December with an idea for a PhD proposal and find a supervisor who can work with you towards making an application.

  • Studentships funded by industry and other external sources: normally 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.
  • Self-funding: student responsible for tuition fees and living expenses. No restrictions on applicants.

Other Funding Sources

  • Alumni Postgraduate Studentships are available for any student who has completed a degree at Lancaster University and wishes to go on to postgraduate study.
  • FindAPhD is offering Postgraduate Scholarships for students of any nationality wishing to start a PhD in autumn 2015 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.