Guide to Funding

Finding Funding

Course profiles

Our course profile pages include details about typical funding sources for your prospective course

Programmes with mandatory funding for eligible home students:

Funding database

You can also use our funding database to search for scholarships, studentships, bursaries and awards.

Portfolio funding

You may also like to consider portfolio funding. This is when you build up your funding from different sources such as; bursaries, charities and trusts, loans and part-time work.


Types of Funding

The following types of funding provide you with financial support which you do not have to pay back. However, you must meet their eligibility criteria.

All our available funding is advertised on our funding database.

Research studentships

Studentships are funding for PhD programmes. They may cover your tuition fees, a living allowance (called a stipend) and contribution towards your travel and fieldwork expenses.

Studentships may be funded by:

  • the University
  • charities
  • commercial organisations
  • a UK research council

Applications are managed by the supervisor for the PhD, so it is important you contact your potential supervisor to find out what funding is available. You can find supervisor contacts via the course profiles.

Masters' scholarships and studentships

These scholarships and studentships are usually funded by an academic school or institute at the University or by a UK research council.

They can cover your tuition fees and a living allowance, but may only cover part of the tuition fees.

International scholarships

All international students who are offered a place on any of our degrees are normally able to apply for at least one of our scholarships. Use our funding database to find out the funding you may be eligible for.

Many more international scholarships are provided by external organisations.

Awards, prizes and bursaries

This type of funding is available for specific programmes. The value varies but is usually £500 or more.

Part time and vacation work

You might find it helpful to take on part-time work during the academic year as well as during the vacations, to help fund your studies.

Our Careers Service advertises part time, temporary and vacation positions. The Newcastle Work Experience initiative offers you the chance to gain paid work experience in local businesses and organisations.

Funding Websites

These websites provide a range of advice and information about awards, studentships, and scholarships. They also advertise teaching and research assistantships.

Make sure you also visit our funding database to find out what you could be eligible for:

International students

The Education UK website, is produced by the British Council to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification. It provides a comprehensive guide to fees and scholarships.

Help & Support

Video: How to fund a postgraduate course

You must ensure you have adequate funds to cover your expenses while you study. We understand that sometimes unforeseen financial difficulties occur. If your situation could prevent you from continuing to study, discretionary financial support may be available.

Our Student Wellbeing Service has Financial Advisors who can support you with help and advice if you find yourself in financial difficulty while studying at Newcastle.