Funding research degrees
We are committed to supporting excellence in student research – we have over £6,000,000 available for new research students.
You can find funding for research degrees through studentships or scholarships.
Studentships contribute to tuition fees and living expenses, and often provide a training support grant too.
Scholarships provide a tuition fee discount – with some scholarships covering the full fees for your entire programme of study – and a training support grant.
University Research Studentships
University Research Studentships cover all or part of the tuition fees; a training support grant of £1,000 a year; and a tax-free allowance of at least £13,590 a year.
Graduate School Scholarships
Graduate School Scholarships provide a tuition fee discount of up to 100% for Home/EU fee payers and up to 75% for Overseas fee payers, and a training support grant.
The Esther Parkin PhD Scholarship Fund
We have two David Parkin PhD Scholarships for excellent Overseas students, generously donated by the Esther Parkin Trust.
The awards cover the full tuition fee costs, plus a training support grant of £1000 total over the three years. The recipients for entry in 2013/14 are for students applying to study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Management.
International students are eligible to apply for a number of funding options. This includes the various scholarships and studentships provided by the Graduate Schools.
UK Research Council Studentships: Doctoral Training Centres
Doctoral Training Centres provide a dynamic, multidisciplinary research and training environment. There are funding opportunities in Digital Media, Special Effects and Animation, Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences.
UK Research Council Studentships
We hold grants of more than £2 million from;
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC)
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, (BBSRC)
- Medical Research Council, (MRC)
- Economic and Social Research Council, (ESRC) - research studentships in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
- AHRC South, West and Wales (SWW) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - research studentships in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Industrial CASE studentships, in collaboration with industry, are also available.
Find out more about Research Councils.
You can also search the FindaPhD database.
Trust and charity funding
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online can help you find alternative sources of funding, like charities. These sources can make awards for fees, maintenance or research cost to any student, regardless of subject or nationality.
The Guide contains a database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
Accessing the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
The Guide is free for all University of Bath students and staff to use. Register for or log in to the Alternative Guide.