Financial Support

KPA Bursary

The KPA Bursary is a fund open to all postgraduate students, regardless of what course or degree you are studying. Students may apply for an amount between £50 and £500 to aid with their research, subject to the approval of the KPA Disbursement Committee.

Just a few of the costs the KPA Bursary will cover include:

  • Conference fees (at home or abroad)
  • Travel within the UK (fuel costs calculated at 35pence per mile for car travel; train travel is automatically given at student rail card prices)
  • Equipment for field work related to your dissertation
  • Access to archives and research materials (at home or abroad)
  • Accommodation costs related to your visit (at home or abroad)

The KPA Bursary will not cover:

  • Flights to or travel within a foreign country
  • Equipment NOT related specifically to your study, such as laptops
  • University or off-campus term-time accommodation
  • Tuition fees

Successful applicants to the Bursary in the past have attended, amongst others, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, the 9th Alpine Conference on Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in France and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam.

Your application form must be signed by you and your supervisor, by hand or electronically. Failure to provide these two signatures will mean that your application is automatically rejected.

The Bursary is usually very popular, and we receive a high volume of applications; try to make yours as clear, informative and detailed as possible in order to stand out for a greater chance of success.

Please ensure that you complete ALL sections of the form accurately.


Click here to apply to the KPA Bursary.


Postgraduate Loans

From August 2016, postgraduate students will be able to apply for loans of up to £10,000 for Masters students and up to £25,000 for PhD students (subject to further government consultation).

For more information, click here.


Keele University Hardship Fund

The Keele University Hardship Fund (KUHF) is a government-allocated fund or students experiencing financial hardship. The fund, which does not have to be repaid, is open to all students, including postgraduate students, international students and full or part time students.

For postgraduate students starting in September 2016, applications for the KUHF must be submitted by 15th July 2016. Applications received on or after 1st June will receive 75% of the calculated sum.

For more information on the KUHF, contact Student Services by calling 01782 734481 or email


Hardship loans

Money and Advice Guidance provide short-term cash loans for students requiring unforeseen assistance, with no interest charged. Loans can be paid within 48 hours of the application being made, and must normally be paid back with six weeks.

To apply for a loan, contact Student Support on 01782 734481 or visit the Student Support Centre in the Walter Moberly Building.


Research Institute funding

The four different research institutes at Keele University offer funding support and studentships for students within their respective institutes. Follow the links below to the respective support pages for each faculty:

Humanities and Social Sciences
Natural Sciences
Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine
Primary Care and Health Sciences


Santander Travel Bursary

Please note this scheme only runs between March and April of a given year.

The Santander Travel Bursary is operated by Keele in partnership with Santander Universities, offering travel bursaries to support overseas travel and overseas projects undertaken by Keele students and academic staff.   Applications can be made to receive an award of up to a maximum of £1,000.

  • Travel to undertake volunteering work
  • Travel to Latin America or other Spanish-speaking countries
  • Travel to other Santander Universities partner countries
  • Travel to develop new networks or projects with overseas partners
  • Travel to participate in an organised expedition

The application process asks for no more than 500 words describing the reasons you want to travel, the benefits you will gain as an individual (life experience, contribution to society, career development, overseas work experience, etc), how much you are applying for and what you intend to use the funds for.  Successful applicants will be required to write a short report on their use of the funds and the benefits they get from the travel/project, and will also be expected to attend a celebration event later this year to mark the success of Keele’s partnership with Santander Universities. The Santander schemes attract high levels of interest: consequently, this is a competitive process where applications will be measured against success in articulating responses to criteria above. The final outcomes will be determined by a panel of senior academics.

Please direct any queries about the Santander Travel Bursary to Research Support Officer Hannah Reidy (


Other postgraduate funding

For a comprehensive list of funds, studentships and other schemes providing funding for postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, click here.

A list of other sources of funding for non-academic purposes can be found here.

Alternatively, refer to the Turn2us website, a charity dedicated to finding financial support and grants for those who are eligible.