Masters and PhD funding – news updates and yr actual dosh…

Another funding update, and this time we’re all about money for postgrad study including research funding. Read on…


Closing 14 March (i.e. in about 7 hours at time of writing): Rising Stars 2016-17. Awards of up to £10,000 each are being offered to assist researchers in gaining experience of managing and leading their own research projects. Rising-Stars awards are intended as seed corn funding to support projects that are designed to leverage external funding, and which would make a step change to researchers’ careers. Applications are invited from academic and research staff from all UoB Schools and Colleges. Oriority will be given to researchers at the start of their career. Application form and guidance notes at

Closing 17 March! Final year undergraduate/Masters student interested in applying for an EPSRC funded PhD scholarship? If you’re in the final year of an Undergraduate or Masters’ degree with a background of computer science, informatics, engineering, geography, mathematics, environmental science or socio-technical and want to study for a PhD then the University of Warwick has something you may be interested in.

UK Budget had good news for research funding. £300 million investment for new academic research placements, including £90 million to provide 1,000 new PhD places in science, technology, engineering and maths. Furthermore, £210 million will create new fellowships, including programmes to attract global talent to conduct research in areas such as bioscience and biotechnology, quantum technologies, and satellite and space technology. The government also confirmed its commitment to provide maintenance loans for people entering part time degrees, and doctoral loans of up to £25,000 to support higher-level study. Get ThinkPostgrad’s summary round up at

For academic year 2017/18, MastersCompare is offering its first ever Postgraduate Scholarship worth £5,000 for UK/EU/International students. This is an opportunity to help you continue your postgraduate studies and start a Masters course in autumn 2017. The funding can also be used alongside the new Postgraduate Loan scheme.

Each year and award £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study. This opportunity is only offered to their e-newsletter subscribers who are yet to begin Masters or PhD study. So, to be the first to hear about how to apply, and to get tips and hints for submitting the best entry, subscribe at

Also from ThinkPostgrad, updates on the Masters Loans Scheme for 2017-18, including extending the programme to Northern Ireland, and first information on the forthcoming PhD loans scheme.

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Paul Rothwell • 14/03/2017

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