Postgraduate Funding

Postgraduate Loans

From August 2016, prospective postgraduates will be able to apply for government-backed loans of up to £10,000 for Masters students.

In the 2017 Spring Budget the government announced that doctoral loans will be available for the academic year 2018/19.

For more information, click here.


There are sources of funding support for PhD students, but they are highly competitive.  If you wish to pursue these you need to make sure you start your search for funding early, understand the options available to you, and learn the relevant procedures and closing dates.

More detailed information on funding opportunities for postgraduate students can be obtained from the Student Funding Office.

Student Funding Office
Tel: (+44) 01782 734240 (External)
733996 / 734087 (Internal)

There are also seven research councils that offer financial support to postgraduate students. The majority of the awards made by these councils are to students undertaking research degrees. Competition for research council funding is fierce, as the awards made provide cover for both fees and maintenance (though applicants from EU countries other than the UK may only be eligible to apply for assistance with fees). For more information about the research councils and the awards available, click here.



Keele University regularly offers a number of both internal studentships and external studentships provided by research bodies and industry, across all University disciplines.

To see a list of all currently available studentships and to apply, click here


There are a number of organisations which sponsor students to study for a research degree. Some will make allocations to the University (and where Keele has such studentships to award they will be listed on the website). Others will require applications to the sponsor, either directly or via the University.

British Government Schemes for Overseas Students

Charities and Foundations

European Union Schemes

Science Without Borders