Funding available to postgraduate students

There are many options open to postgraduate students looking for funding and finance to support their studies.
Identifying sources of funding that are relevant to you can seem overwhelming, so we hope the information accessible through this page will be helpful.

Postgraduate loans

The below gives information on the postgraduate loans offered by Student Finance England. If you apply for funding through another national Student Finance body (e.g. Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland), please contact your national Student Finance body for further information, or you can email the Student Finance team at sas@dmu.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme (Student Loans Company)

The UK government is offering non-means tested loans of up to £11,222 for Home or EU students commencing a first Masters course in September 2020.

Please note, awarding of a postgraduate loan is subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria, and to ensure you continue to receive the loan, you must remain eligible throughout the course. Your eligibility for the loan is determined by your circumstances and the course you have applied for. 

If you are unsure whether your course qualifies for funding please contact sas@dmu.ac.uk for advice and clarification.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans (Student Loans Company)

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans have been introduced for new students who are starting their studies from September 2018 onwards.

Please note, awarding of a postgraduate loan is subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria, and to ensure you continue to receive the loan, you must remain eligible throughout the course. Your eligibility for the loan is determined by your circumstances and the course you have applied for. 

If you are unsure whether your course qualifies for funding please contact sas@dmu.ac.uk for advice and clarification.

Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Recent Home and EU DMU graduates who achieved a minimum of 2:1 at undergraduate level may be eligible for a discount on their tuition fee of up to 50 per cent for selected full-time and part-time DMU taught master's courses via the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship.

International Alumni Scholarships

The International Alumni Scholarship is based on academic achievement and merit for students who have studied recently at DMU. Students will be entitled to a generous tuition fee scholarship or discount for selected taught master's or professional courses depending on the level of academic achievement attained.

There are also country-specific scholarships for international students who wish to study a postgraduate course at DMU.

British Federation of Women Graduates

This organisation offers scholarships to help with ongoing doctoral work e.g. PhD/ DPhil. 

Email address for British Federation of Women Graduates: grants@ffwg.org.uk  

Additional postgraduate loans and grants

Sir Thomas White Loans Charity

The Sir Thomas White Loans Charity offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate study if you have lived in Leicestershire for more than three years and are aged over 18 years old and under 35 years old.

Telephone number for Sir Thomas White Loans Charity: +44 (0)116 204 6620

Sir Harry James Riddleston Charity of Leicester

Applicants may be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest-free for five to 10 years for business, vocational or education purposes from the Sir Harry James Riddleston Charity of Leicester. You must be aged over 21 and under 35 (applicants aged 18–20 may be considered in special circumstances) and reside in Leicestershire or Rutland.

Telephone number for Sir Harry Riddleston Charity of Leicester: +44 (0)1858 463322

Educational grants, trusts and charities

Some educational trusts and charities provide small grants to help towards books, fees or equipment. Lists of trusts and charities can be found in the The Grants Register, which is available in most public libraries and at DMU's Kimberlin Library. Additionally, there are several searchable online Grants databases such as Turn2us.

Funds for women graduates

Funds for Women Graduates offer grants towards living expenses for the final year of a PhD or DPhil for UK, EU or international students.

Telephone number for Funds for Women Graduates: +44 (0)1743 383047 

Additional postgraduate support options

DMU Support Fund

Please note that the DMU Support Fund has now closed for the 2019/20 academic year.

The DMU Support Fund is aimed at home students who have taken out all the funding they are entitled to, yet may require extra financial support. In order to apply to the fund, postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have made adequate financial provision to pay their tuition fees and support themselves whilst on their course.

Click here for more information about the DMU Support Fund

 
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