Postgraduate research

Funding your research

The University of Portsmouth attracts funding for postgraduate research degrees from many sources.

For instance, the 7 UK research councils award various fully funded PhD studentships to the University. Occasionally, industrial organisations also fund PhD research at the University.

You can see funding opportunities for specific research degrees on the relevant degree subject page and on the Find a PHD website.

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) Funding

Applications for this round of ESRC SCDTP studentships are currently OPEN. For further information on the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) please see their website. For more information on the application process for advertised projects and open call, please see our ESRC SCDTP funding pages

The studentships are for social science research in Psychology and Area Studies subjects. 

As well as covering all programme fees, the studentship also includes an annual maintenance grant, which is £14,553 in 2017/18.

The SCDTP is a doctoral training partnership (DTP) between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton. There are 36 studentships available each year for social science students carrying out PhD studies (+3) or Master’s and PhD studies (1+3) at these three universities.

The studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Information on how to apply for this studentship can be found here. If you would like us to contact you when applications open again, please email us at

New Government Doctoral Loans scheme from 2018

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are Government loans you can use for tuition fees, living costs and other course costs. The loan is paid directly to you.

The amount you’ll receive isn’t based on your or your family’s income. So you can choose how much you borrow (up to £25,000 over your whole course). The loan will be divided equally across each year of study.

You will start repaying your loan after your course if your annual income is more than £21,000. If you took out a Postgraduate Masters loan these two balances will be added together. If you had an undergraduate loan, you’ll pay both at the same time.


To be eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan you must be under the age of 60 at the start of your course and be a UK or EU national starting your programme in October 2018. Further residency criteria apply, please check the official government website.

You won’t be able to get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan if you’ll be receiving any Research Council funding or are on a paid studentship. You also need to be studying an eligible course such as a PhD, a Professional Doctorate or an Integrated Doctorate. If a course isn't eligible it will say so on the course page.

How to apply

You can apply online through Student Finance England.

Fully funded PhD bursaries for 2018

Please note our funding opportunities for this round have now closed. Please follow our webpages via the link below for further updates and opportunities. 

We offered up to 25 fully-funded PhD studentships across our five Faculties to UK and EU students for full-time PhD programmes starting in October 2018. These studentships include a stipend of £14,553 a year.

The deadline for applications for these scholarships has now passed.

Find out more information

Portsmouth Global PhD Scholarships

Please note our funding opportunities for this round have now closed. Please follow our webpages via the link below for further updates and opportunities. 

One fully funded PhD research scholarship and four fee bursaries are available to International (non-EU) research students applying for full-time PhD programmes starting in October 2018.

The deadline for applications to our Portsmouth Global PhD Scholarships fund is midnight on Sunday 11 February 2018.

Find out more and apply

Alumni scholarships

You may be able to get an alumni scholarship if you have previously studied at the University of Portsmouth. The scholarship is a 20 per cent discount on any self-funded element of your tuition fees on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course.

To see if you and the course you want to study are eligible for the alumni scholarship, use the checker on our Academic Registry page.

Staff discount

If you are a member of University staff, you can get a 30 per cent discount on fees you pay personally.

This is for part-time courses only. You can apply to pay your fees in 6 instalments (completing in March) by deduction from your salary.

Note that you cannot claim more than one of these discounts against each fee.

Other sources of funding

We can help you identify other potential funding sources and provide letters to support your applications. Please contact us for more details.

You can also search and apply to charities and other funding bodies on the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding website. (Choose the ‘I am a prospective student’ option and enter our PIN – 7517 – and your email address to get your username and password.)

Resources such as the Grants RegisterCharities Digest and Directory of Grant Making Trusts, which may be available at your library or careers service, will also have information on organisations that may be able to fully or partially fund your research.

Applying for funding

The application process for funding varies depending on the funding organisation.

You can apply for a place at the University before you have secured funding for the research. In some cases, having an offer of a place will help with your application for funding.