Postgraduate scholarships and studentships
We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, including:
We are one of just 21 Economic and Social Research
Council-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK,
a testament to our long-standing reputation as a world class centre for
social science research.
Funding for postgraduate study is highly competitive so it is important
that you fully research the options available to you. The tuition fee loans,
maintenance grants and student loans for UK undergraduates do not apply to
postgraduates, so students usually explore a wide range of options to fund
further studies. It is important that you do not begin your postgraduate
studies without making sure you have enough money to cover all your academic
fees and living expenses.
finder will help you find funding opportunities available to you and
international students may also like to view our international student funding page.
Some of our main University of Essex scholarships (available to all students) and our
other main scholarships and bursaries for Home and EU students are outlined below.
University of Essex doctoral scholarships
Our University of Essex doctoral scholarships support talented PhD
students to study at the University. These awards are available to students
who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for
future achievement, as well as financial need. They are awarded for each
year of study during the standard minimum period of enrolment for your
degree, subject to satisfactory progress.
PhD scholarships at Essex: Jacek
In this video Jacek, a student from our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, talks about the financial support he was given, from the University of Essex, after submitting a PhD proposal. The scholarship he was awarded helped him secure a Doctoral degree in Psychoanalytic Studies.
Funding for UK and EU students
Research council funding
If you are from the UK or EU, then you may consider applying for a
studentship from one of the seven research councils, each of which fund a
different area of postgraduate study. Please be aware that the application
process is extremely competitive and applications always outnumber the
awards available. Individual research councils are listed below; please
consult their websites more details and application procedures.
Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre
We have become one of just 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral
Training Centres found in the UK, following a highly competitive
selection process. This honour cements our long standing reputation as a
world class centre for social science research. Our ESRC Doctoral Training
Centre means we can offer fully funded ESRC studentships across over 20
doctoral pathways. You can submit an application once you have an offer of
study with us.
The doctoral pathways are arranged into nine themed clusters:
Arts and Humanities Research Council
The University of Essex is offering
AHRC-funded studentships for a large
number of postgraduate courses, including three years of PhD study. Successful
applicants study with our world-class researchers who ranked highly in the most
recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008). We particularly
encourage applications in:
- Art history
- Drama and performing arts
- English language and literature
- Film studies and television studies
The Essex Silberrad Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to research students classified as Home/EU
fee status at the point of admission, who already hold a University of Essex
degree (either undergraduate or postgraduate). The
Essex Silberrad Scholarships
are awarded per annum and the amount will cover all your tuition fees and
approximately 50 per cent of average living costs per year of study.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs)
Professional and Career
Development Loans offer financial assistance to support your learning.
There is support for tuition fees and UK students may apply for bursaries for living costs if you
are on our postgraduate pre-registration health professional training
courses offered by our School of Health and Human Sciences. Eligible courses
are MSc Nursing (Adult), MSc Nursing (Mental Health), MSc Occupational
Therapy, MSc Physiotherapy and MSc Speech and Language Therapy. These
only open to UK and EU residents and, if you receive an offer of a place on
these courses, you will receive information on the funding arrangements and
how to apply for support.
Charitable trusts and grants
Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship,
and their application procedures, can be found in the Educational Grants
Directory and The Grants Register. Copies are available in our Library and
most public libraries. The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) holds
a database of organisations offering educational grants and loans to
individuals eligibility to lenders, in accordance with federal regulations.
Some companies sponsor their employees in certain study areas. Companies
tend to favour degrees of value to their business objectives, which benefit
the employee’s career development within the organisation. Usually any
financial assistance offered by a company will be accompanied by a
commitment to continued employment.