Students: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What types of funding will I find on PostgraduateStudentships?
Most of the funding on the site refers to postgraduate study in the UK although some funds may allow students to study in other countries also and the site also carries some information about PhD opportunities in other european countries from time to time. You will find a variety of types of funding on the site, but most comes via three main sources:
- Charities and Trust Funds and other general funding bodies
- Universities and other academic institutions offering postgraduate level study.
- Funding from other countries
Most of the funding is for taught or research postgraduate study, or applies to either.
2. Are there any types of funding not included on PostgraduateStudentships?
Yes. We do not include funding for undergraduate study (although some of the funds and bodies mentioned do also fund undergraduate students). We do not currently include most small grants under £1,000, or travel bursaries for postgraduates, or prizes for postgraduate study.
3. Is the funding information on PostgraduateStudentships comprehensive?
We hope that (taking into account the exclusions mentioned above) we have assembled most funding opportunities aimed at postgraduates available from general and charitable funding sources, but we may have missed some opportunities as new possibilities arise all the time. If you find others that you think are applicable, please let us know. The site is always expanding as new opportunities are added on a daily basis. No single website will ever carry every single opportunity available in the UK, as some are posted only on the relevant university websites, and others are advertised only in specialist publications.
If your particular area of interest does not appear in the browse menu, try entering keywords into the search menu. If you sign up for our Subject Funding Alerts when you register you will receive information automatically about new opportunities on the site. A selection of our funding opportunities is also shown on Twitter, so you can follow us there on www.twitter.com/TalkPostgrad
4. Is the information on PostgraduateStudentships up to date?
Universities and other institutions that advertise their funding or study opportunities on PostgraduateStudentships, MastersCompare and MyPostgradApps are required to keep their information up to date, but we always advise you to check details with Funders. We make every effort to keep the general funding information provided by PostgraduateStudentships on the site up to date, but we cannot guarantee that information relating to other organisations will always be correct. The information we provide should be used as a guideline only, and you should always check information with Funders before deciding to apply (or not) for any particular funding or study opportunity you see on the site.
5. If I need more information about a particular funding opportunity or organisation, or I want to query one of the details about funding on the site, who should I contact?
If you need more detail or want to clarify something in particular, or if you simply want more general information, you should always ask the Funding Provider. Please do not contact PostgraduateStudentships: whatever information we have, we make available on the site, so if what you need is not there, you need to ask the Funding Provider directly. Where available, we have provided website addresses for funding organisations, and you can email queries from the relevant page on the site.
6. How do I apply for Funding?
Institutions and Funding Providers will have their own application rules and processes, which will differ widely, so you will need to investigate each one. Where the information is available to PostgraduateStudentships, and where advertisers have provided it, we have given an indication of how applications should be made, and where you may find the necessary forms and information. If no information is given, please contact the Funder directly: all the information we know about is available on the site. You can contact Funders about the opportunities shown on the site by email directly from the pages advertising individual opportunities.
7. Can you advise me on what types of study or funding to apply for?
We have provided general articles on the site relating to types of study and funding, which we hope you will find useful, but we do not provide advice to individuals. We suggest you discuss your options with an academic or careers adviser.
8.If I make an enquiry to one of the funding or study providers via the site, how long will it take me to receive a reply?
That will generally depend on the provider themselves, but also on the relevance of your question or the information you supply when you make the enquiry: each funding or study opportunity will have specific criteria that you will need to meet. If you enquire about an opportunity where you clearly do not meet the criteria, you may not receive a reply at all. We suggest you make your enquiry as relevant and specific as possible and to relate it clearly to the funding or study opportunity you are enquiring about: this will increase the likelihood that you receive a prompt response.
9. What chance do I have of receiving funding for postgraduate study?
This will depend on your subject area, your qualifications, and on the amount of competition there is for each individual funding or study opportunity for which you apply, as well as your applications to each funding source. Science and engineering students tend to find more funding opportunities available to them than arts, humanities or social sciences students, but funding is available in all subject areas. Because PostgraduateStudentships brings together all the different types of funding available, you also have access to general funding available from charities and other organisations, which may be relevant to you irrespective of your subject area. You will probably need to apply to more than one possible funding source: make sure your application to each source is as relevant as possible to the criteria they set, and you will stand the best chance of receiving funding.