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Sources of funding

Although there are no mandatory awards for postgraduate students (such as the undergraduate tuition fee loan), there is a large variety of sources of funding for postgraduate study in the form of studentships, scholarships, bursaries, grants and loans. Prospective postgraduate students should see the list of sources below, as well as our page on available loans.

Students coming from outside the United Kingdom to study at City should also see our page on funding opportunities for international students.

Santander Postgraduate Masters Scholarship

City, University of London is delighted to be a participating institution in the Santander Scholarship Scheme, earmarked for postgraduate masters students. There are five scholarships available in 2017/18 worth £2,000 each towards tuition fees. Find out more about this scholarship.

Aviva Scholarship

The Aviva Scholarship covers 20% of overseas tuition fees for select courses.

It is aimed at applicants from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam who are, or whose parents are, current Aviva customers.

Applications are open from 6th September 2017. Visit the Aviva website for further details, eligibility requirements and how to apply.

School-specific Scholarships

City, University of London has a wide range of school or programme-specific scholarship opportunities available for postgraduate students. More information on the scholarships available and their application procedures can be found on individual course pages and the School webpages.


EdAid provides interest-free funding opportunities for current and prospective students who are in need of a loan ranging between around £100-£10,000 per year. These loans can be used to raise funds for the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and all course materials. Find out more about EdAid and how to apply.

Research Councils

There are eight Research Councils that may provide assistance funding individual postgraduate students. You will need to contact the relevant Council directly for more information about eligibility criteria and application forms. You should do this early on as many Councils have closing dates within the first half of the calendar year. The eight councils are as follows:

Research Studentships

City, University of London offers a range of Research Studentships for students on full-time doctorate courses. Check whether you are eligible to apply and application deadlines.

Trusts and Charities

If you are unable to source any funding for your postgraduate study, you can apply to various charities, foundations and trusts for partial funding opportunities. Funding is often dependent on what you will be studying or researching and can range from a small award to cover the cost of travel expenses to partial help with tuition fees. Further information can be found from various publications available in your local library. These include:

  • The Grants Register
  • The Charities Digest
  • The Educational Grants Directory
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

Margaret Parkinson Scholarship – For Nursing Graduates

This scholarship is aimed at graduates starting a degree in Nursing and is worth £2,000 per annum.

For full details and how to apply please visit the Royal College of Nursing website

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

These bursaries are open to postgraduate students who are resident in the UK and who are the son, daughter, spouse, widow, or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer. The bursaries are intended to assist students in financial need, for further information please see Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website.

Postgrad Solutions Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions are offering 13 £500 bursaries for postgraduate students. Find out more about Postgrad Solutions bursaries.

Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)

EGAS is an organisation which provides information and advice for students looking to fund their studies in post-16 education in the UK. Search online for funding opportunities via EGAS.

The Nuffield Foundation

The Foundation offers small grants for social science research expenses. Contact The Nuffield Foundation for more information.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is committed to developing, inspiring and encouraging engineers at every stage in their career, with practical, financial help. Each year, the Institution supports the educational and development needs of students, graduates and members with grants totalling £400,000.

Whitworth Scholarships

You may qualify for a Whitworth Scholarship for full-time or part-time study for an engineering degree.

Tuition fee reductions

Some Schools within City, such as School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, may offer tuition fee reductions for students who have previously studied at City. Contact your School for more information.

Scholarships for studying in the USA

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Fellowships are available for five graduates from the UK to study at Harvard University. The value of the Fellowship is $23,000 plus tuition and health service fees. Students wishing to apply need to have their applications endorsed by the head of their department. Find out more about these awards.

Kennedy Memorial Trust

Scholarships are available to graduates wishing to study at Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The value of which are $22,000 plus travel grants. Find out more about these awards.

Further Information

For more information about postgraduate study and sources of funding, please visit the website or call 0800 585 505.

You should also try the following websites for funding information: