Finding funding for your postgraduate course isn't always easy, but we are here to help and happy to do so!
First you need to get in contact with the department in which your course is within for information on any prizes, studentships or research awards.
It is also worth going to the Graduate School to see if you are entitled to any bursaries or scholarships.
Finding funding for your Postgraduate studies
Public sources of funding
The principal funders of postgraduate study for Home or EU students are the research councils. There are seven in the UK:
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- The Medical Research Council (MRC)
- The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
These bodies award studentships which provide full funding (3-4 years for a PhD and 9-12 months for a Masters), covering your fees and maintenance, include a budget for research expenses, transferable skills training, and travel.
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)
Postgraduate students who have a specific learning difficulty, physical impairment or mental health issue may be able to get financial help from DSA. You can apply for DSA for both taught courses and research places. See the Disability Living Allowance website
for further information. You can also speak to someone at our Health and Wellbeing Centre
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UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Government-backed student loans to support postgraduate study in England are being introduced from 2016. Loans are available up to £10,000 for anyone aged under 60. Student Finance England have provided an overview and policy summary
which outlines the key features of the postgraduate loans.
Future Finance Student Loans
Offering prospective students the opportunity to apply for a loan. The features of Future Finance loans are:
- they offer loans to all Royal Holloway students with a UK domiciled address (assuming they meet appropriate credit checks and are 18 or over), irrelevant to which level of study;
- loans are offered from £2,500 to £40,000, and can include living costs as well as tuition fees;
- loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation;
- students can apply for up to four payment breaks of 3 months each during the loan period;
- representative 10.9% APR (variable) (as of September 2015).
Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
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On campus, examples of potential work include:
Student Support Worker with the Educational Support Office, a cashier or waitress at the food outlets on campus, or library assistant. There are occasionally opportunities advertised in the shops around Egham and Englefield Green, so keep an eye out. You can also job hunt within Staines, Windsor and Slough; all are no more than a 30 minute bus ride away on the 71. A part-time job makes getting temping positions in the summer easier, so don't wait until the summer for your job hunt. It is a good idea to get a part-time job as it will help you when applying for temporary positions in the summer (consider enlisting the help of a temping agency), For help finding a part-time job please visit the Careers Service
and Egham Jobs twitter account
. You can also check the Careers noticeboard in the Horton Building.
- Don't neglect the books in the library because the internet is easier. These books are amongst the best sources
- Always contact charities before you apply to touch base and make sure you're eligible.
- Understand a charity's priorities and try to tailor your application to them. You needn't go overboard.
- Don't go into too much detail about your research. When you do mention it, make it easy to understand, and show how it might benefit scholarship and society.
- Stress the vocational aspect of your course. How it is essential in getting your desired job.
- Show the charity that you have a master plan, even if only speculative. Say what you will do if you don't get funding and how you will fund your course in subsequent years.
- Think of the charity as a partner, not a sole provider. The charity wants to work with you and other bodies to fund your course. Make them feel part of a bigger plan.
- Show that you have been thrifty and innovative in coping with your financial situation.
- If you are applying for research expenses, or in the final stages of a course, you can argue that you only need a small amount of money to get you over the line. This will make you seem like a safe investment.
- Never give up! Luck plays an enormous role in everything. Each application you make is a gamble. A spin of the proverbial wheel. The more bodies you contact - and the more applications you make - the better your chances of striking lucky. If you keep trying you will succeed.