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Scholarships and studentships

Find a scholarship

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.

International students

Research council funding opportunities

Other funding for UK and EU students

  • Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs)

    Professional and Career Development Loans offer financial assistance to support your learning.

  • NHS funding

    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 courses are 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.

  • Private sponsorship

    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.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

International students

International Students

We provide comprehensive information to our international students. With over 130 different countries represented, Essex is one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities and known worldwide for its academic excellence.

Open days

Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer. Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions, while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our facilities and accommodation.

Find a scholarship

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.