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Research Councils Funding for Your PHD

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:44

There are seven Research Councils who fund approximately 19,000 doctoral students in the UK. However, funding is made available through the participating universities rather than the research councils themselves. Eligibility criteria and award amounts are standardised, and you will find many other funded PhDs referring to research council rates when defining their own. Research council studentships include fees and a minimum stipend of £13,590 per annum (2010/11 rates) which is paid tax-free (apparently this level matches the tax-free equivalent average graduate starting salary).

Research Councils UK 

Arts and Humanities Research Council 

Economic and Social Research Council

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Medical Research Council

Natural Environment Research Council