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Funding your postgraduate studies

There are many potential sources of funding to help support your masters (postgraduate taught) or PhD (postgraduate research) studies, including loans, bursaries, sponsorships and scholarships.

We've organised the available funding into two groups on this page, to help you find exactly what you are looking for:

Scroll to the relevant section to find out what best meets your needs.

Funding for all postgraduate students

The funding sources listed in this section are available to both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.

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Postgraduate loans

Loans of up to £11,222 (masters) and £26,445 (PhD) are available through the government to help with course fees and living costs.

Find out more at GOV.UK

Funding by subject

Many of our masters and PhD students benefit from funding through our academic departments, whether in the form of scholarships, bursaries or studentships.

Explore funding options in your subject area

Funding through your home country

Many organisations and governments worldwide offer scholarships or sponsorship for EU and international students to study in the UK. Explore by region to find out whether you are eligible for one of these scholarships.

Explore by region

Funding through international partners

We are an international institution with a community of students from more than 135 different countries. We have developed a network of international partners, creating a range of funding opportunities such as scholarships and loans for our students.

Explore international funding schemes

Commonwealth scholarships

If you are from a Commonwealth country and would like to study with us at postgraduate level, you may be able to apply for a scholarship under one of the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission schemes.

Explore Commonwealth funding options

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are a part-governmented-funded programme that gives you the chance to study for a masters or PhD while working in a company and managing a project of strategic significance.

Find out more about KTPs

Funding through research councils

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 course is eligible for research council funding you will need to contact the relevant council directly.

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

Funding through Trusts, Charities and Foundations

Postgraduate grants and bursaries are also available through the voluntary sector, and there are thousands of charities who will consider funding students. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is available to all applicants and current students at the University of Southampton (see the Doctoral College page on funding opportunities for more info) and there are CD copies available for prospective students who attend one of our Postgraduate Visit Afternoons or Postgraduate Open Day.

Funding for PhD students only

The funding sources listed in this section are available to PhD students only.

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PhD studentships

A wide range of funded PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s Recruitment pages.

Visit our jobs pages

Doctoral training centres

The University hosts and participates in a number of centres for doctoral training (CDTs), which give research students the skills they need to address some of society’s biggest challenges, including climate change, energy, our ageing population and high-tech crime.

Our CDTs welcome applications from students interested in our fully-funded four-year studentships, comprising a taught first year followed by three years of PhD research.

Find out more about CDTs

Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships)

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

The scholarships will cover full fees, a stipend and a research training and support grant for up to 3.5 years (or 84 months pro rata for part time students).

The scheme is open to all nationalities and subject areas.

No formal application for the scholarships is required from the candidate. Applications for Scholarships from suitably qualified candidates must be made by the hosting Supervisory Team, considered by the relevant Faculty and forwarded by the Faculty Graduate School Office to the Doctoral College for consideration.

The recipients of the scholarships must commence their doctoral studies by research between 1 August and 1 December 2020.

Successful candidates will receive the following academic scholarship:

  • Full funding for tuition fees.
  • A stipend of £15,009 per annum for living costs.
  • A research training and support grant of £1,000.

Each component will be payable for a maximum of up to 3.5 years (or 84 months pro rata for part time students), or until the date of the first submission of the thesis, whichever is the soonest. The maximum length of time may be adjusted pro rata for part time students.

The fees and stipend components of the scholarship will be reviewed annually. The stipend will be pegged to the UKRI minimum.

Presidential Scholars will have access to a programme of events, networking opportunities and will have their work promoted on University media

Further details may be viewed at the Doctoral College website.

Engineering doctorate

Our four-year engineering doctorate (EngD), conducted in collaboration with an industry sponsor, combines advanced technical and management training with PhD-level research.

Learn more about our Engineering Doctorate

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.

Find out more at

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Postgraduates: how to apply

Find out how to apply to be a masters or PhD student here, including online application form, funding options and entry requirements.

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Postgraduate Open Days

Come to a Postgraduate Open Day or Visit Afternoon and discover first-hand what's on offer here for masters and PhD students.

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