Competitive external studentships or fellowships
These are applied for by the student with the help of a supervisor. This is a common route for clinical PhD students. It often requires the student to do some preliminary work in Nottingham in their spare time or study time whilst in a full-time clinical SHO or SpR post. (Find a supervisor in the School of Medicine.)
University, research councils or charities
These pay your fees and contribute to living expenses. They may be funded by The University of Nottingham or Research Councils or charities. They are advertised by the University of Nottingham both nationally and on the University website. These studentships are the usual source of funding for UK and some EU non-clinical students. They usually pay a stipend, plus the payment of all tuition fees. Individual divisions may also offer their own studentships.
Home and EU students can contact the school for details about upcoming opportunities.
There are several studentship competitions available to international students. These usually pay the fees only and therefore students would generally have to be able to fund their living expenses.
The University is very successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, particularly from the Research Councils through competitions and annual allocations and with the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme. Please refer to the Graduate School for more information. Studentship opportunities are also available.
Government loans for doctoral study
The Government plans to introduce doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes from 2018. Applicants must ordinarily live in England and more details are expected to be announced in due course.
Doctoral training programmes
Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.
International and EU students
Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.
Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.