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School of Social Sciences

Postgraduate research funding

The School of Social Sciences receives money from a range of sources to help you fund your studies.

The School's postgraduate research community is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic for social sciences in the UK, and is committed to supporting the best-qualified applicants financially.

Choose your country and programme of study to search our postgraduate research funding opportunities database. Alternatively, you can view funding opportunities for all of our School's programmes

PhD student loan

The Government has now published information on the 2020/21 PhD student loans. 

Further information and guidelines on eligibility can be found on GOV.UK, key points include:

  • Borrow up to £25,000 for the whole course.
  • The loan is paid directly to students and can be used for tuition fees and living costs.
  • The loan is divided equally across each year of the course in three instalments.

2019 offer holders

Already have a programme offer for September 2020?

If you already have a confirmed PhD programme offer for 2020 you will automatically be considered for any relevant funding for September entry.

Please email if you have any queries.

Other funding opportunities

Power to Change - PhD funding opportunity (external)

  • Power to Change is looking to jointly fund up to 3 PhDs with University departments interested in community-led business.
  • Note this is an external funding opportunity and not administered by the School of Social Sciences. If you have any queries, you need to contact Power to Change directly.
  • If you are interested in applying for this funding, please remember that you must also apply and be accepted onto a PhD programme in the School.

CSC China Scholarship Scheme

  • Please refer to the CSC's website for future updates.

Grundy Educational Trust (external)

Find a PhD Funding Awards

Postgraduate Studentships

The Wellcome Trust (external)