University of Southampton

Funding your postgraduate studies

Find out about funding options for your postgraduate studies. The University offers scholarships, bursaries and studentships to the most talented students, while our industry partnerships open up sponsorship opportunities in some subject areas.

Below you'll find information about some key funding sources that you may be able to access, from the University and from external funding bodies. For some, you will need to apply directly to the funding body.

Some of the information below applies to international as well as UK and EU students.

International and EU students – you can also find out more about country-specific funding opportunities on our international pages.

UK, EU and international students – find out about subject-specific funding for your chosen area of study.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund

Research in our high voltage labs

Our PRG Scholarship scheme supports talented research students across all subject areas

Research in our high voltage labs

Open to the best students from all countries, our new Postgraduate Research (PGR) Scholarship fund will support up to 100 new PhD places each year across the University.

What does the Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme deliver?

Postgraduate research students who are awarded a scholarship will receive £7,000 per year for three years, provided that they continue to progress well with their degrees. The scholarships can be combined with additional funding which may be available from other sources.

The University seeks the best students whatever their circumstances, and the scheme is designed to be flexible for part-time students. The amount of funding can be reduced pro-rata and the time over which the award is given can be increased pro-rata, so that the total funding of £21,000 is available over the equivalent of three full-time years of study.

How to apply

Make your PhD application in the normal way. Faculties will then seek support for the very best students under the scheme.

Other University scholarships, bursaries and studentships 

Visit the pages for your subject area to find out about other University scholarships, bursaries and studentships.

Depending on your subject area, you may be able to access funding through one of the University's doctoral training centres. Visit our research pages to find out more about our doctoral training centres.

Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s job vacancies page.


You may be able to obtain sponsorship for some masters and PhD programmes. Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which provide the opportunity to study for a masters or doctorate while working in a company and managing a project of strategic significance. Find out more about KTPs.
  • Our Engineering Doctorate (EngD), which is a four-year doctoral programme for research conducted in collaboration with industry partners. Visit the Industry Doctoral Training Centre website for more information.

Visit the website for your subject area or contact the relevant postgraduate admissions team to find out about potential sponsorship opportunities for your studies. 

Research council funding

UK and EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for funding from one of the UK research councils. Successful UK applicants receive fees and maintenance support while EU students receive a fees-only grant. If your programme is eligible for research council funding you will need to contact the relevant council directly. See below for their website addresses.

Competition for these awards is intense and you should apply as early as you can. For some of our postgraduate programmes you may need confirmation that you have been awarded funding before you can register with us as a postgraduate.

Career Development Loans

If you have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts, and plan to work in the UK, European Union or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course finishes, you may be eligible for a Career Development Loan.

Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are required while you are studying - the government will pay the interest during this time. The loans can be used to help fund up to two years’ vocational training or education, plus up to one further year if the course includes practical work experience. They are offered via several UK high street banks. Find out more about the loans and how to apply.

British Federation of Women Graduates

Charities administered by the British Federation of Women Graduates have limited funds to make awards to women graduates undertaking doctoral research in England, Wales or Scotland.