Major changes to Postgraduate Masters Loans 2016-17…and other hot funding news!

A wee round up of funding news for you: postgrad study in the UK, study and research in Germany, engineering, teacher training, funding for creative, design and digital SMEs. Read on, starting with the BIG news…

The government expanded its Postgraduate Masters Loans programme 2016-17. The age limit for applicants has been raised from 30 to 60 and loans will now be offered for all taught and research Masters degrees across the UK. FindAMasters has more on this at

Interested in Computing Teacher Training? The Chartered Institute of IT is offering £25,000 tax-free training scholarships if so. Find out more and apply at

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD to their friends) offer financial support to anyone interested in study or research in Germany. Find out more and apply at

University of Strathclyde Glasgow has an extensive scholarship portfolio for postgraduate Engineering study. Find out what’s on offer at

Horizon 2020 Creative Industries, Digital Economy and Design Funding is the major funding opportunity for research and innovation initiatives across Europe running up until 2020. The size of the programme is considerable and in 2015 there was nearly 600 million Euros available. There is a strong emphasis in the programme on creative industries, design and digital technologies, Knowledge Transfer Network will be working to help make sure that UK creative, digital and design businesses have a good awareness of specific funding calls as well as more general opportunities to do innovation work across Europe. More info at

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects that address convergence in digital media technologies. It covers film, television, online video, animation and video games, and includes pre- production, production and post- production processes, particularly for visual effects technologies. Projects must be collaborative and led by a business. They expect to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium- sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%. Find out more at


Paul Rothwell • 27/11/2015

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