Students: Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to register to use PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk?
You can view funding and study opportunities and articles on the site: if you register you will be able to sign up for free weekly funding updates, telling you about the latest funding posted on the site. If you register on PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk, you'll also find your registration works on our new sister site, www.MastersCompare.co.uk, the Masters Comparison Directory, where you can search for and compare thousands of masters courses online. A selection of our funding opportunities is also shown on Twitter, so you can follow us there on www.twitter.com/TalkPostgrad
2. What types of funding will I find on the site?
All the funding on the site refers to postgraduate study in the UK although some funds may allow students to study in other countries also. You will find a variety of types of funding on the site (see Types of Funding for a brief summary of the possible types), but most comes from one of three main sources:
- UK Research Councils
- Charities and Trust Funds and other general funding bodies
- Universities and other academic institutions offering postgraduate level study.
Most of the funding is for taught or research postgraduate study, or applies to either.
3. Are there any types of funding not included on the site?
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: we may add them to the site in future and will inform registered users if we do.
4. Is the funding information on the site comprehensive?
We hope that (taking into account the exclusions mentioned above) we have assembled most funding opportunities aimed at postgraduates available from general public 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 and if we add them to our database, we will add your name to our next Prize Draw. The site is always expanding as new opportunities are added on a daily basis. 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
5. Is the information on the site up to date?
Universities and other institutions that take out advertising on funding or study opportunities on PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk 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.co.uk 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.
6. 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.co.uk 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 screen on the site.
7. 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.co.uk, 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.
8. 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.
9. What else can I do on PostgraduateStudentships.co.uk?
As well as viewing the funding and study opportunities on the site, you can sign up to receive alerts, and to be invited to participate in market research projects relating to postgraduate issues in the future, if you would like to. You can also use our sister site www.MastersCompare.co.uk to search for and compare Masters courses online.
10. 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: most providers do not appreciate people wasting their time. You are advised to 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. The more general your enquiry, however, the less likely you are to receive a response quickly, and you may not receive one. To maximise your chances of receiving a prompt response, keep it relevant, and make sure your enquiry shows you are really interested in that specific funding opportunity or project.
11. 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.co.uk 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.