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Postgraduate Opportunities

05 Aug 2020

Funding Details

Each year, we offer fully funded studentships through Research Council (STFC) funding, individual project grants, the Impact scheme and other sources. These studentships cover fees and maintenance.

Eligibility for different funding schemes depends on your fee status (UK/EU/International). The procedure UCL uses to determine your classification is here. If you are an EU or UK citizen who has been living in the UK for at least 3 years, you will be eligible for most funding schemes. If you wish to apply for a scheme covering a different situation, you must contact us as early as possible (before December, for a PhD starting the following October) as the deadlines for different schemes vary.

As a guide, 2019/20 UCL fees for UK/EU students are £5210 per annum, and fees for International students are £24,250 per annum. Maintenance costs in London are estimated by the UCL graduate school here. London is expensive, but it is also one of the most vibrant, diverse and exciting cities in the world.

STFC Studentships

One of our primary sources of funded studentships, STFC positions cover tuition fees (at the home/EU rate) and maintenance (at the rate of £16,296 in 2016/7, inclusive of London allowance), as well as funding for travel and a long-term attachment at a research facility.

To be eligible for STFC funding you must have settled status in the UK (i.e. have no restriction on how long you can stay), and have been "ordinary resident" in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Additionally, non-EU nationals cannot have been residing in the UK during that period wholly or mainly for the purpose of higher education.

A full list of STFC eligibility criteria can be found in the Training Grant Terms and Conditions, with more information in the Research Council UK Terms and Conditions

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

A new scholarships programme to support BME postgraduate research degree students, in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship. The scheme offers full financial support (fees and stipend) and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option.

Impact Studentships

UCL offers funding through the Impact scheme, in which UCL provides half of the costs of a studentship (EU fees, living costs, research expenses) if the other half can be matched from another funding source. Details can be found here. If you have suggestions for sources of funding where the matching funds can be found, please contact us to discuss this possibility.

International Scholarships

Each year, UCL offers funding through two main schemes covering both fees and maintenance. These are highly competitive, and we recommend contacting us as early as possible in order to apply for them as deadlines are typically early in January.
  • UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS). GRS covers both fees and cost of living, and outstanding candidates have a good chance of being successful. From past experience, successful candidates had at least one research publication at the time of applying. Applicants for the GRS are automatically considered for the ORS as well. We strongly advise contacting us early, before December for a PhD starting the following October, so we can help you with the application.
  • UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS). ORS covers only the difference between UK and International fees, so some other funding is required to cover the UK-rate fees and maintenance. We strongly advise contacting us early, before December for a PhD starting the following October, so we can help you with the application.
  • Chinese Science Council (CSC). These scholarships are open to Chinese nationals to carry out a PhD at UCL. More information, including the eligibility and conditions of the award, can be found in the link above. Again, we strongly advise contacting us early, before December for a PhD starting the following October, so we can help you with the application.

Other Sources of Funding

The majority of UK, and some EU students, will funded through one of our advertised studentships. However, for international and EU (non-UK resident) students it is always worth asking your local university, government or other contacts for other sources of funding. The UCL scholarship web-page also contains a list of other funding sources known to UCL, but this may not be exhaustive.

As an international or EU student interested in applying for funding to come to UCL, we always recommend contacting us as early in the process as possible (by December, for a position starting the following October). Before applying for any UCL awards, candidates must have completed and sent in an official UCL graduate school application form following the procedure here.