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Finding funding is a priority for many postgraduates.

The University of Nottingham’s postgraduate funding pages should be your starting point as this information is relevant wherever you study within the UK.



The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 

This online guide provides alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. 

It contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

We have purchased a licence for the guide so it’s free to Nottingham students and staff to use.

Log in to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding       

Read our blog: four reasons to use the Alternative Guide

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Other useful websites

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Information about grant-making trusts and charitable organisations

The Government's scholarships award scheme for developing future leaders, influencers and decision makers across the world

Commonwealth Scholarships
Access to Commonwealth scholarships, including contacts and national agencies scholarships
A chance to receive up to £5,000 towards your masters Postgraduate Loans Scheme
The Government's UK postgraduate loans scheme scholarships
Every year, Find A PhD awards £12,000 in scholarships

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships
Supports study or research for 12-24 months anywhere outside the UK or the USA

Database on scholarships, bursaries, and research councils

Database on funding options offered by universities, charities, trusts, research bodies and commercial organisations

Information on benevolent funds, grants and charitable trusts

Find out more about getting part-time job to help fund your studies

*We also have a copy of the PhD Application Handbook available for reference only from our Portland office.

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