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.


*Loans are also available from private companies that specialise in financing undergraduate and postgraduate study. UCL does not work directly with any of these loans providers, but details can be found via a simple web search e.g. loans for students

Grants, Charities and Trusts

  • Turn 2 Us Grants Search database contains information on over 3,000 charitable funds offering welfare and educational grants, as well as other support and services.
  • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is a portal for alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.  UCL has purchased a licence to the Guide so it’s free for all students and staff to use. If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please email to get an access the PIN.
  • The following directories (found at the university careers service, library or council) contain information on grants that are available for students:

Charities Digest

The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts (Directory of Social Change)

The Grants Register: the Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd)

The Educations Grants Directory (Directory of Social Change)

Scholarships and Bursaries

Colt Foundation Fellowships
Prospective PhD students studying in the fields of occupational and environmental health
Goodenough College Scholarships
Goodenough College has a range of accomodation scholarships to help those who might not otherwise be able to afford to live there.
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
Research and Development Management (RADMA)
The Doctoral Studies programme provides full funding to talented prospective or mid-study PhD students
Sasakawa Studentship
Supports current students to study/research any aspect of Japanese studies
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
Western and Northern Territories Network Scholarship For current students conducting research abroad in a topic related to the Western and Northern Territories of Poland

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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