Grants and awards

There are a number of opportunites for UK and overseas students to obtain grants and awards.

Domestic and EU students

The main sources of funding for postgraduate students in the UK are the Government Research Councils, which award studentships to individual postgraduates. Obtaining a place in a postgraduate course does not automatically entitle applicants to this funding. 

There are five Research Councils whose remits fall within those of the Museum:

  • BBSRC The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • EPSRC The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • MRSC The Medical Research Council
  • NERC The Natural Environment Research Council
  • STFC The Science and Technology Facilities Council

To be eligible for an award you must be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for the three years preceding the application. Applicants should have a 1st or 2:1 level honours degree from a UK higher education institution, although there are exceptions to this.

Students from outside the UK but within the European Union are eligible for Research Council awards that cover tuition fees but do not provide a maintenance grant.

The Research Councils award many types of grants.

  • Advanced Course Studentships: Awards for Masters-level taught courses.
  • Standard Research Studentships: Awards for PhD and MPhil.
  • Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE): Requires a partnership between academia and industry (either industry, a public body or government research unit).

International students

Below are a few grant awarding bodies that fund overseas students.

British Chevening scholarships
Education Affairs Section, Cultural Relations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
London SW1A 2AH
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 270 1500
Fax: + 44 (0) 207 210 6812

Commonwealth scholarship and fellowship plan 
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Association of Commonwealth Universities
John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PF
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 387 8572 Fax: + 44 (0) 207 387 2655

Department for International Development shared scholarship scheme
Association of Commonwealth Universities, John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PF
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 387 8572
Fax: + 44 (0) 207 387 2655

Fulbright scholarships (US students)
The Fulbright Commission, 62 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LS
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 404 6880
Fax: + 44 (0) 207 404 6834

Institute of International Education (US students)
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY
10017 3580
USA

Marshall aid commemoration commission (US students)
John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PF
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 387 8572
Fax: + 44 (0) 207 387 2655