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  2. Funding and scholarships

Funding and scholarships


A variety of subject-specific funding opportunities across City, University of London are available. Discover our current Scholarship opportunities.

Please note that funding for research degrees is highly competitive, and there are always more applicants than scholarships available.

Self-funding and Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

You may choose to fund your PhD yourself, or via a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.

For 2020/21, the English and Welsh governments have introduced a loan scheme for new doctoral students. The maximum available is £26,445 which can be used for course fees and/or living costs, divided equally across each year of your course.

Further information is available on the Student Finance website. You can also watch their introductory video below.

Living expenses

Accommodation, meals and other personal expenditure are not included in fees. Based on Save the Students’ National Student Money Survey (2019), we recommend a minimum maintenance allowance of at least £10,800 each year for a single student (for the full calendar year) and more for students with families or dependants.

City, University of London Hardship Fund

As part of City's commitment to provide financial assistance for their students in financial hardship, we also have the City, University of London Hardship Fund. The fund provides financial support to all our current students who have met unforeseen financial hardship towards the end of their course. For many students, this makes all the difference in allowing them to focus on their studies and graduate successfully.

If you are a current student, please visit the Student Intranet for more information and to apply.