Funding for research courses



Funding your research course

The University is very successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, particularly from UK Research Councils through competitions and annual allocations, and with the European Commission's Marie Curie Programme.

It is worth taking the time to research your options as there may be opportunities available to you in relation to your area of interest. Follow our step-by-step guide on finding funding for your course.

Step-by-step guide to funding 

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Find funding

At Nottingham you can access scholarships and funded research training across the different subject areas through University scholarships, Doctoral Training Programmes, and paid studentship opportunities. 


International students

There are a number of funding options available to international students, including internal and external scholarships.

The University offers an extensive range of research scholarships for international and EU students entering PhD courses and other extended research degree programmes.

If you have applied for a research-based masters degree course such as an MA by Research or MSc by Research, you may be eligible to apply for a masters scholarship instead.

Further information about funding your studies, including financial advice and external sources of funding, is available on the scholarships, fees and finance webpages.

Explore your funding options

We recommend you investigate a variety of funding options: 

  • Start with your academic school - speak to your supervisor
  • Use the internet to research funding and studentships in your subject area
  • Look into funding from research councils
  • See what funding is available from trusts and charities
  • Search for awards and prizes you may be eligible for as a current student
  • Supplement your finances with part-time work or tutoring opportunities
  • EU nationals will be remain eligible for UK Research and Innovation (Research Council) funded PhD and doctoral studentships in the 2019/20 academic year, on the same basis as at present. Further information is available on the UKRI website.


All EU students starting in 2018/19 and 2019/20 will be eligible to apply for research council funding support for the duration of their course, even if the course concludes after the UK has left the EU. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.


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