Sources of funding

It is important that you consider at any early stage how you will fund your graduate study.

There are a large number of funding schemes which support graduate students, including scholarships, studentships, awards, bursaries, grants and loans. Furthermore, some students are fortunate to be sponsored by their employer, while others may combine part-time study with part-time work.

Students requiring funding are advised to investigate potential sources of funding at least 12 months before the relevant academic year so as not to miss scholarship application deadlines.

Competition for all scholarship funding is intense, and where awarded on the basis of academic excellence, applicants are normally required to have, or to expect to achieve, a first-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an
equivalent standard.

The information below is intended as a broad overview and includes a small selection of total funding available to graduate applicants. Detailed information can be found on the Scholarships and Funding website at

Research applicants

UK/EU students

Overseas students

UK Research Councils or UK government – usually covers tuition fees and stipend Sponsorship from home government
Studentships sponsored by industry/ charitable foundations Studentships sponsored by industry/ charitable foundations
Studentships formed from supervisor’s or host department’s research budget, sometimes match-funded through UCL’s Impact Awards Studentships formed from supervisor’s or host department’s research budget

UCL Research Scholarships, examples include:

  • 15 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships – covers tuition fees and living expenses

UCL Research Scholarships, examples include:

  • 40 UCL Overseas Research Student Awards – reduces tuition fee level to equivalent of UK/EU student

Taught applicants

Career Development Loan from a financial institution. Details at
Personal or family finances
Sponsorship from UK or home country government (including UK Research Councils for UK/EU students, or British Council for Overseas students)
Sponsorship from charitable foundations, including trusts

UCL Scholarship, examples include:

  • UCL Global Excellence Scholarships – £5,000 (based on merit)
  • UCL Alumni Scholarship – £10,000 (based on financial need)
  • UCL Gay Clifford Fees Award – £2,500 (female students in humanities and social sciences)
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (students from Commonwealth countries)