Graduate School

Grants and prizes

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Important notice: Given the restrictions to travel following the current Covid 19 situation we are suspending the Travel Prizes, IRCA and BESTs, and are taking this opportunity to review our prizes, including the application process and structure of the programme. We will look to relaunch our grants and prizes in the new academic year. 


We offer a range of grants and prizes to support researcher development. 

The Graduate School manages a number of financial awards designed to enable you to access international opportunities and increase your researcher mobility and profile. Whether you are looking to foster your research collaboration network, or to develop a global dimension to your career you will have the chance to compete for a range of grants and prizes. 

Over the last ten years we have awarded over half a million pounds in travel awards. These enabled researchers to present at academic conferences, visit overseas institutes, collaborate with other research institutions and to fund novel interdisciplinary research projects.

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Travel Prize

The Graduate School Travel Prize supports postgraduate researchers to travel to a conference to present a research paper, or to visit another institute to use essential resources.

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The International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA) offers an opportunity to broaden your international experience as a researcher through a fully funded visit, of up to two months duration.

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Partner PhDs

The University of Nottingham operates a number of international PhD models such as Dual, distance and multi-campus pathways


Other Sources of Funding

The Graduate School does not offer scholarships or funding to cover course fees. For information about other sources of funding please see the links below.

Funding guides

Other International Opportunities

There are a wide range of schemes, placements, funding provision, prizes and awards, all designed to support postgraduate students to access international opportunities and increase their research mobility.


UON Postgraduate Funding Guide

This University of Nottingham guide promotes funding for taught masters courses and research opportunities from a variety of different sources across all subject areas.

Alternative Funding Guide

This independent guide for current and prospective graduate students, published by  GradFunding, details how to find and apply for alternative sources of funding.




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