UCL Department of Economics


Sources of Funding

Funding Source  - Departmental                                                

Funding for Conferences and Experiments The department has a limited amount of money per year to be awarded to MPhil / PhD Students to assist with funding contributions to events and confrerences or general research activity if relevant to the programme of study.

Up to £300 will be awarded to students attending conferences (students may only apply twice for this award during their MPhil / PhD studies).   
To apply submit this form to daniella.harper@ucl.ac.uk

Up to £500 will be awarded to students undertaking research experiments (students may only apply twice for this award during their MPhil / PhD studies). To apply submit this form to daniella.harper@ucl.ac.uk

The James Lanner Memorial Scholarship offers £10,000 each year to a UK, EU or Overseas student applying for an MRes degree at UCL Economics. The Scholarship was established in memory of James Lanner, who began his distinguished career at the London School of Economics. Having gained a first class degree he taught at a number of institutions, including Cardiff University and University College London. In 1953, he moved to Paris to work for the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (now the OECD). In 1965, after a short spell in industry, he moved to Geneva to work for the European Free Trade Association where he became Head of the Economic Department until his retirement. Consideration for The James Lanner Scholarship will be made at the application stage. There is no separate application process for departmental scholarships. Only those shortlisted for departmental scholarships will notified.

The Michael Curtis Bursary and the Sabina Kamber Bursary both aim to enable students in financial need to pursue their postgraduate studies in the Economics Department at UCL.
Eligible candidates must: 
•    be ordinarily resident in the UK or EU (this will be determined by UCL Fee Status)  
•    in financial need (as determined by the UCL Student Funding Office)
•    hold an offer to study a full-time Master's degree in the UCL Economics

To apply for either Bursary follow this link.

Scholarship for Financial Economics is available to MRes Economic students who are interested in undertaking research in Financial Economics.
The value of this scholarship is £5000. Application Procedure: Consideration for departmental scholarships is made when we make decisions on applications for admission.

Funding Source  - UCL Scholarships                                                                                           

Poster Competition Prize Page UCL Doctoral School Research Poster Competition 2019.

UCL Research Scholarships Up to 20 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

CSC Partially-Funded Visiting Research Scholarships UCL offers a number of fee-only scholarships to match CSC-funded one-year Visiting Research Scholarships. This is to encourage research collaborations with top Chinese laboratories for mutually beneficial research projects that may lead to co-funding opportunities from other sources. Further information on this scheme can be found on the UCL CSC webpage.

Research Project Funds UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies. 

Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship The scheme is aimed at research students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them.  

PhD scholarships for UK BME students Committed to diversifying the student community at doctoral level, UCL is launching an ambitious programme that aims to create over 15 new scholarships for black and minority ethnic (BME) postgraduate research students.                                              

Funding Source  - External Funding                                         

ESRC Postgraduate Studentship UCL is an ESRC Designated Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). To apply for an ESRC studentship you will apply to the ESRC via UCL. 
The DTP is able to offer six ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships this year.

The Royal Economic Society one-year junior fellowships Universities are invited to make application for the awards in the Spring of each year. Applications can only be submitted by the candidate’s Head of Department. Candidates should have completed at least two years' work towards a doctoral thesis when they take up an award.

Funds for Women Graduates This funding opportunity applies to Women who are in the final year of their studies.

Club Financiero Español Scholarship These scholarships are targeted to support the most outstanding Spanish PhD scholars at University College London. The Scholarships are provided for the whole duration of the PhD programme. The scholarships are open to PhD scholars, residents of Spain or of Spanish nationality, of intellectual excellence and of irrefutable moral standing. The Scholars are required to be committed to the economic development of Spain and her people.

The Bank of Italy awards the "Bonaldo Stringher", "Giorgio Mortara" and Donato Menichella" to allow your graduates to complete their studies in specific fields / thematic topics of interest to the Institute. Each Scholarship is related to a particular field.


The Windsor Fellowship Windsor Fellowship is working with UCL to launch a new scholarships programme to support BME postgraduate research degree students – The UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS). The scheme offers full financial support and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option.

The Alan Turing Institute Studentships The Alan Turing Institute offers a number of places each year to graduate students to complete a PhD through the Institute and one of our university partners. Our doctoral studentship scheme combines the strengths and expertise of our partners with the Turing’s unique position as the UK’s national institute for data science, to offer an exceptional PhD programme.