Funding your research degree

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Loans, bursaries and scholarships 

If you're thinking of starting a research degree with us, you'll have fees and costs to cover while you're here – but there are plenty of loans and bursaries available to help fund your studies. If you're an international student, please visit our pages on international funding.

On this page, you'll find information about the general funding options open to most applicants and details on how to apply for them.

Now open for applications

University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance - DTA3/COFUND

The University of Portsmouth will be providing more opportunities at doctoral level for students as part of the University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) following a multi-million euro award from the European Union.

University Alliance’s project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

The programme will foster transnational mobility through an extended network of international associate partners in Europe and overseas, including Australia and South Africa, to provide recruitment and international placements. 

Researchers on the DTA3/COFUND programme will be employed as salaried Research Associates for 36 months. The award also includes tuition fees and participants will be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance.

Portsmouth offers two fully-funded, three-year PhD studentships in Energy. Full details of the programme and eligibility details are available here.

 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are Government loans you can use for tuition fees, living costs and other course costs, if you're applying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate with us. The loan is paid directly to you, and you can apply online here.

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 Master's loan these 2 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. Some courses may not be eligible – if yours isn't, it will say so on the course page.

If you're applying for an MPhil or MRes course, you might be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan – find out more here

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

If you are a member of University staff, you can get a 30% 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. Please note, you cannot claim more than one of these discounts against each fee.

We can also help you identify other potential funding sources – such as Professional and Career Development Loans – and provide letters to support your applications too.

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 Register, Charities 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.

Re-opening for October 2019 entry

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.

 Applications to the scheme for October 2018 have now closed.

The Portsmouth Global PhD scholarship fund offered 1 fully funded PhD research scholarship and 4 fee bursaries to International (non-EU) research students applying for full-time PhD programmes starting in October 2018.


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) and intended 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 in line with RCUK rates (£14,777 for 2018/19).

A new round for applications will open in autumn 2018 for October 2019 entry.

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