Student

Funding

UK postgraduate research 2016/17 entrants

Your funding package

Research councils, loans and sponsorship - these are just some of the sources of funding that could help you finance your studies

As a postgraduate, you could secure funding through a variety of sources. You'll find a list of potential sources of funding for postgraduate research students below. The Prospectus website also contains useful funding information for postgraduates. Similarly, the Alternative Guide to Funding is a helpful resource, which could help you find funding via a charity.

Before you begin at Liverpool John Moores University, we recommend you contact one of our student advisors for expert financial advice and guidance. 

Possible sources of funding

Below you'll find possible sources of funding and details about the two types of PhD scholarships you could apply for - a fully-funded PhD scholarship and a fees-only PhD scholarship.

  • Research councils
  • PhD scholarships - more information below
  • Trusts
  • Charities
  • Alternative Guide to Funding
  • Grants - check the Grants Register (Palgrave Macmillan) and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Directory of Social Change)
  • Government departments
  • Industry sponsorship
  • Bank loan schemes
  • National bodies
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • Government postgraduate loan - students studying certain research degrees may be eligible to apply for a government postgraduate loan

Government postgraduate loan scheme

Value: Up to £10,000

If you are eligible, you could borrow up to £10,000 as part of the government’s postgraduate loan for masters courses.

The loans will be available to students studying a full-time or part-time course that starts from September 2017 onwards. Part-time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity of the full-time equivalent.

Repayments

Once your course is completed, you will not need to start repaying your loan until the following April and you will only begin to pay back your loan when you are earning more than £21,000. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of your income above the £21,000 threshold.

Am I eligible?

If you’re studying an eligible course, the following students should be able to receive the postgraduate loan: 

  • Students who are ordinarily resident in England or the EU
  • Students under the age of 60 at the start of their course

Eligible courses

Eligible courses include:

  • MSc
  • MA
  • MRes
  • LLM
  • MBA

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. To be eligible, courses need to be full masters standalone courses.

Courses that are not eligible

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma courses are not eligible.


Fully-funded PhD scholarship

Could you apply?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

The scheme will re-open on 2 January 2018. The closing deadline will be Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 5pm.

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

There are a limited number of PhD scholarships available.

Applications are judged on:

  • The calibre of the candidate and their academic qualifications (minimum 2:1 or First Class Honours degree and/or Masters qualification)
  • We will not accept applications without an identified student
  • The quality of the research project and how it connects with research currently being undertaken at LJMU
  • Whether the research can contribute towards the Research Excellence Framework (REF); interdisciplinary research will be weighted highly. Please see the HEFCE website for more information about REF2021

Am I eligible?

  • Full-time, UK and EU PhD applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply
  • Scholarship PhD studentships must be filled by the September of the academic year you plan to begin your PhD
  • International and part-time students and those completing Professional Doctorates are not eligible for support under this scheme
  • Supervisors must be L/SL status or above. Postdoctoral researchers or research assistants are not eligible to be supervisors


How do I find out more?

To find out more and to submit your PhD scholarship application form, please contact your main Liverpool John Moores University PhD supervisor.

Alternatively, please contact Emily Walker.

Fees-only scholarship

Submit your application

Value: Up to £3,845 

The scheme will re-open on 2 January 2018. The closing deadline will be Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 5pm.

A fees-only scholarship will cover the costs of your fees. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be able to demonstrate you can support yourself financially over the period of three years full-time study
  • Full-time, UK and EU PhD applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply
  • Scholarship PhD studentships must be filled by the September of the academic year you plan to begin your PhD
  • International and part-time students and those completing Professional Doctorates are not eligible for support under this scheme
  • Supervisors must be L/SL status or above. Postdoctoral researchers or research assistants are not eligible to be supervisors
     

Applications are judged on:

  • The calibre of the candidate and their academic qualifications (minimum 2:1 or First Class Honours degree and/or Masters qualification)
  • We will not accept applications without an identified student
  • The quality of the research project and how it connects with research currently being undertaken at LJMU
  • Whether the research can contribute towards the Research Excellence Framework (REF); interdisciplinary research will be weighted highly. Please see the HEFCE website for more information about REF2021

How do I find out more?

To find out more and to submit your PhD application form, please contact your main Liverpool John Moores University PhD supervisor.

Alternatively, please contact Emily Walker.