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Funding opportunities

If you are a prospective student, please visit our main website’s postgraduate funding pages and see the Grundy Educational Trust, Presidential Scholarships and the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding below.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Alt guide to postgrad funding

The University has subscribed to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 2018-19, which all applicants and current students can download. This guide details how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which make awards to current and prospective graduate students. Charities are an underrated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality.

The Guide was written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 500 links to voluntary sector funding sources.

The Alternative Guide is independently published by GradFunding.

Download the Alternative Guide

  1. Email altguide@soton.ac.uk to request the password
  2. Download the document using the button below
Download the Alt Guide to PG Funding

Presidential Scholarships

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships) fund runs annually and is administered by the Doctoral College.

Several streams of funding are available through the scheme and are open to UK, EU and international applicants.

Some awards will be faculty-specific while others will be for interdisciplinary research projects and to support the University's key strategic activities and partnerships.  

Successful recipients will be awarded £7,000 per year for three years (pro rata for part time students), provided that they make good progress each year of their studies. These awards may be combined with additional funding from other sources. 

Further details and application forms for some of the streams may be downloaded via Presidential Scholarship button below.

Presidential Scholarships

University of Southampton Scholarships

The University has a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available to postgraduate researchers. These are either offered by individual faculties or from the University as a whole. Visit your academic unit’s website to find out about possible scholarships. You’ll find links on the University’s postgraduate funding webpages.

British Federation of Women Graduates

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

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