Information for Prospective Students

Research Council Studentship Awards

All Research Council Studentship Awards are allocated by Research Councils to UCL departments, not directly to students. The UCL departments apply to and receive funding from Research Councils, and nominate applicants for the awards. Individuals should apply directly to the UCL department, not to the Research Council.

A number of UCL studentships are advertised on our Research Funding Studentships page.

General Information for Applicants

General information on graduate research study at UCL.

In general students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should initially contact the UCL departments into which they are seeking admission.


  • Candidates must intend to study a postgraduate degree at Master's and/or MPhil/PhD programme level.
  • Funding is normally only available to applicants liable to pay UK/EU fees. (Your fees status - UK/EU/Overseas - is assessed by UCL’s Graduate Admissions team and will be shown in your UCL offer letter). You should check the specific regulations of the studentship to determine if students with an Overseas fee status can apply.
  • Candidates should hold, or expect to receive, a first-class or a good upper second-class Honours degree. N.B. The competition for awards is intense and the number of applicants with first-class degrees invariably exceeds the total number of awards available.
  • Candidates must be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK.
  • Some EU nationals may be eligible for fees awards only, if they do not have settled status in the UK.

A detailed list of eligibility criteria can be found on relevant Research Council webpages.


A full award normally covers both the cost of tuition fees (at standard UK/EU rate), and a basic maintenance allowance (stipend) for full-time study at an inner-London based institution such as UCL. 

A fees-only award provides payment of tuition fees as above, but not a maintenance stipend.

Further funds may be available for expenses relating to fieldwork, conference attendance, travel etc.

The value of the maintenance allowance and additional funding may vary between the Research Councils. For more information on funding value visit the relevant Research Council webpages.


Students wishing to apply for Research Council funding should initially contact the UCL departments into which they have been admitted to confirm details of their specific application process.

General Application Process

Applicants are advised to apply for admission to UCL as early as possible. For information on applying visit UCL's graduate application pages.

In a separate communication, candidates should also inform the Graduate Tutor of the department or programme to which they are applying that they intend to apply for a Research Council Studentship, and enclose a copy of their completed UCL graduate application form.

Shortlited candidates may be invited to attend an interview at UCL. If appropriate, in advance of the interview, candidates may also be asked to submit additional information about the research project on which they intend to embark.


The UCL departments have different deadlines and we advise that you check this with them.

Further Information

Enquiries about the current availability of awards and how to apply for funding for study or research at UCL should initially be directed at the admitting UCL department.

A full information guide and further details about Research Councils funding schemes, are available on relevant Research Council webpages.

Page last modified on 11 apr 13 11:38 by Mark Skinsley

*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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