Scholarships and studentships
Find a scholarship
Use our Scholarship Finder to find the right funding for you. Scholarships and
bursaries are available to support talented students, ensuring we remain
accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of your financial circumstances.
We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, including research council funded studentships. Funding for postgraduate study is highly competitive so it's 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 you may need to explore a wide range of options to fund
further studies. Before you begin your postgraduate studies it's important to make sure you have enough money to cover all your academic
fees and living expenses.
Our postgraduate scholarships
In this video our postgraduate students from across the UK and around the world to speak about the scholarships they have secured and how this support has helped them continue their studies.
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.
Essex Silberrad scholarships
Our Essex Silberrad 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 scholarships
are awarded per annum and the amount will cover all your tuition fees and
approximately 50% of average living costs per year of study.
Postgraduate Support Scheme for Masters students
We offer two novel programmes to support our Masters students through our Postgraduate Support Scheme.
Mentoring for Progression offers scholarships in return for you acting as a mentor to final-year undergraduates. With our Knowledge
Exchange Traineeships you can undertake a six month project which includes a three month paid placement with an employer.
Research council funding opportunities
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre studentships
Our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of just 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK,
a testament to our long-standing reputation as a world class centre for
social science research. Our DTC offers fully-funded ESRC studentships across a number of themed doctoral pathways.
You can submit an application for an ESRC studentship once you have an offer of study with us.
CHASE/Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships
We offer AHRC-funded studentships for a large
number of postgraduate courses, including three years of PhD study. The funding was awarded to
CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England), a partnership of seven institutions,
including the University of Essex, which was formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate
research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities.
EnvEast/Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) studentships
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships
As part of the EPSRC Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence Centre for Doctoral Training (IGGI), we
are offering a number of studentships within our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
Other funding for UK and EU students
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs)
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 Albert Sloman 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.
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.