Information for Prospective Students

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Postgraduate funding is generally more limited than for undergraduate study, so it is important to research as many options as possible and apply early to any funding schemes before enrolling on your chosen programme.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
Contains information on sources of funding for postgraduate students.  Current UCL students can log in using their UCL email address, and prospective students need a PIN number which can be obtained by sending a request to
British Foundation for Women Graduates Female postgraduate students in the final year of their PhD or writing up
Colt Foundation Fellowships
Prospective PhD students studying in the fields of occupational and environmental health
Direct Gov Contains some useful information and links about sources of funding for Postgraduate Students
The Nuffield Foundation Works to improve social wellbeing by funding research and innovation in education and social policy and provides funding for science, education and social policy
Open Society Foundations Works to implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media and offer funding for worldwide study
Professional and Career Development Loans Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You begin repayment of the loan once you complete your course of study
Prospects Lists research funding opportunities as well as containing careers advice information and work experience opportunities
Research and Development Management (RADMA)
The Doctoral Studies programme provides full funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students
Research Councils UK (RCUK) Provides information about funding via each Research Council
Scholarship Search
A useful scholarship search engine
UCL’s Graduate School and your Departmental Administrator (check list of Departments and Faculties) May also be able to give you more information and assistance concerning research funding at UCL
Vest Scholarships
Vest scholarships allow graduate students to spend an expense-paid year at a leading engineering school in the United States pursuing research to address a global Grand Challenge, such as making solar energy economical, engineering better medicine or advancing personalised learning. Apply in September to participate in the following year
Wingate Scholarships Are awarded to outstanding individuals of great potential or proven excellence who need financial support to undertake creative or original work

Top tips for funding applications

1. Prepare in advance. You should start looking for funding around 10-12 months before you intend to start your studies. If the deadline for an award has passed, it is unlikely that the funding body will accept late applications.

2. Check eligibility criteria. This may seem obvious, but most funding bodies have strict criteria for the allocation of funding. Contact the funder if you are unsure.

3. Spend time on your application. Funding bodies receive lots of applications, so it is important that you take time to communicate your skills, interests and qualifications properly. If you are making multiple applications do not just copy and paste the same content into every application form – make sure you tailor applications accordingly.

4. Find a suitable referee. Start contacting potential referees now, in case you are required to submit a reference with your application.

5. Have a contingency plan. It is important to be realistic about the chances of receiving funding and you should always look for alternative sources of funding for your studies.

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Page last modified on 16 sep 15 15:07 by H T ( Jing ) Chang

*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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