Postgraduate Funding: Scholarships and Studentships

Postgraduate Funding Database

The University's funding database will help you to identify sources of funding for which you may be eligible based on a variety of criteria.

New £500,000 Doctoral Training Award Scheme

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University is investing in 25 Doctoral Training Awards to the value of£500,000. For more information on eligible PhD projects, see the University’s Funding and Finance website.

Sources of funding include:

  • Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Newcastle University offers a 20% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who are self-funding for their postgraduate study: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/fees/
  • Brazil-Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarships (B-NUORS) Newcastle University offers three B-NUORS awards (one by the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering) for outstanding Brazilian graduates who hope to pursue a PhD research programme at the University. B-NUORS awards are open to applicants who wish to commence PhD studies in 2014/15. Each award (value approximately £5,000 to £9,000 per annum) covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students. Closing date for applications is 25th April 2014: details and application form.
  • Career Development Loans These are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work and can borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying: https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview
  • Charities and Trusts Organisations such as the Leverhulme Trust and countless other charities and trusts make awards for postgraduate study: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/charities
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan CSC supports around 750 awards annually. The CSC makes available several types of award including Scholarships for PhD research and Scholarships for Masters study:
    http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/cwsfp and http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) EPSRC fund PhDs and Masters at universities through training grants: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/routes/Pages/az.aspx. Individual funded PhD projects can be found on the postgraduate funding database
  • International Family Discounts Newcastle University offers discounts to encourage relatives of our current international students, and past international graduates, to pursue their studies at Newcastle University. Each award is worth 10% of the tuition fee (per annum), for the normal duration of the degree programme payable into the student’s tuition fee account: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/ifd
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are a long-standing and well-proven method for technology transfer. It places recent graduates in companies to tackle a technical challenge under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Individuals on KTP have the opportunity to register for a postgraduate programme whilst on the scheme: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/ktp and  http://www.ktponline.org.uk/graduate-opportunities
  • Newcastle University (Country Specific) Scholarships Newcastle University offers partial scholarship awards to assist international students with good qualifications to study for a postgraduate degree. Information about scholarship awards for 2014 entry will be published on the webpage in due course: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/css

Study for a Mechanical Engineering degree with free English tuition where needed

For any postgraduate, taught or research, who receives an offer from us conditional on undertaking English tuition first, the School will contribute towards your English tuition costs, payable only on successful completion of the English course and payment of your usual fees.

The tuition must be with INTO, Newcastle University's language centre, and will cover 6 weeks' tuition plus accommodation. Where a visa is required to study in the UK this payment will only apply to applicants who need to increase their IELTS score to 6.0 overall but have already achieved a minimum of 5.5 in each component in compliance with current UK Border Agency requirements.

Funding: Taught Degrees

International Applications

You may be eligible for £1500 (Sterling UK) from the University towards your fees.  Further information can be found on the University web site together with application and terms of eligibility: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/finance/awards/index.htm.

New students may also be eligible for a scholarship from the School. These are available to all new international postgraduate students joining this School who have, or expect to get, the equivalent of a good UK first degree (First Class or Upper Second Class).  If you apply and meet these conditions, you will be awarded a scholarship of £1000 (Sterling UK) during your MSc year.  Please contact us at mse.admissions@ncl.ac.uk if you wish to apply for one of our scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received before the end of September each year.

We also offer several prizes of £250 to students with excellent performance during their MSc year.

Funding: Research Degrees

International research students may be eligible for £1500 (Sterling UK) from the University towards your fees.  Further information can be found on the University web site together with application and terms of eligibility: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/finance/awards/index.htm.

New research students may also be eligible for a scholarship from the School. These are available to all new international research students joining this School who have, or expect to get, the equivalent of a good UK first degree (First Class or Upper Second Class).  If you apply and meet these conditions, you will be awarded a scholarship of £1000 (Sterling UK) during your first year of study. Please contact us at mse.admissions@ncl.ac.uk if you wish to apply for one of our scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received before registration.

We also offer prizes to students with excellent performance in our annual Postgraduate Conference, as well as opportunities to earn money working as a tutor or demonstrator for undergraduate classes.

The School also offers full three-years support funding for a number of research projects. Some PhD projects offered by the School may have industrial and/or Research Council funding.

Contact Prof Nilanjan Chakraborty (e-mail nilanjan.chakraborty@ncl.ac.uk, tel. (0191) 208 3570) for more information about projects and funding

UK and EU applications

New students may also be eligible for a scholarship from the School. These are available to all new UK and EU postgraduate students joining this School who have, or expect to get, the equivalent of a good UK first degree (First Class).  If you apply and meet these conditions, you will be awarded a scholarship of £500 (Sterling UK) during your MSc year.  Please contact us at mse.admissions@ncl.ac.uk if you wish to apply for one of our scholarships.  The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received before the end of September each year.

The key to success in gaining funding for your postgraduate programme is to apply to as many sources of funding as possible, as competition can be strong.

The web link below lists possible funding source for your studies. Look for information on the University studentships web page, in the national press or in university careers services; do remember to check the closing dates for each source of funding, and note that it is normally a condition of funding bodies that you already hold an offer of a place at Newcastle before you apply for an award: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.