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Funding your Postgraduate Study

NEW FOR 2020/21

Current/upcoming Warwick alumni are now eligible for a 10% reduction in fees for the MSc by Research course when self-funding their studies, more details can be found at: Alumni Discount Scheme

In addition, Warwick alumni who hold a 1st/2:1 and who receive and accept an offer for the MSc by Research course before 31st July 2020 will also be considered for the Graduate Award Scheme, which would entitle them to a 30% reduction in fees if successful.

Chancellor's Scholarships

The Department can nominate strong students from outside the UK for a Chancellor's International Scholarship or Chancellor's EU Scholarship, depending on their home country. For further details, please visit the Warwick Doctoral College.

The Application deadlines for this year’s competitions are:

International - 23:59pm (GMT) on Saturday 18th January 2020.
EU - 23:59pm (GMT) on Thursday 16th January 2020

Both competitions are now CLOSED.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership


The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership. One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend (if eligible) and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Check your eligibility here.

You can find out how to apply for funding here.

 Departmental PhD Fellowships in Psychology

Each year the Psychology Department may award a small number of fellowships to outstanding doctoral candidates. If these are available, the call for applications is usually posted in November or December for doctoral candidates applying for an October admission in the upcoming academic year. These awards cover Home/EU fees and provide an annual stipend that approximates the standard RCUK rate for 3 years. In addition, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to bid for additional funding for any teaching work that they may undertake in the Department. These fellowships are available to both Home/EU and overseas candidates applying for full-time study.

In order to be considered for a departmental PhD fellowship, you must submit a University online application form by the deadline provided (typically in January or February for an October admission).

If the fellowship advertised is linked to a specific project, you will be asked to submit a personal statement explaining why you are the best candidate for the project.

If the fellowship advertised is open to any topic suitable for supervision by the Department, you will be asked to identify and contact a potential supervisor and come up with a research proposal as part of the application.

We are pleased to announce that three PhD fellowships have now been made available for students wishing to start a PhD in October 2020. More information on these can be found on the announcement page. The closing date for applications is 20th April 2020.

Applications for this year's Fellowships are now CLOSED.

Funding Opportunities for International Students

Other funding opportunities for international students from outside the EU who wish to study in Britain are sometimes available (International scholarships listed here. The scholarship portal is here). For further details see the International Office and the Doctoral College.


Alternative ways to fund your studies

It is of course also possible to self-fund your studies here at Warwick. For advice on this please see the Doctoral College's funding page, or the alternative funding information here.

In addition, Student Finance England (SFE) now offers Doctoral Loans to those students struggling to find alternate sources of funding for their PhD, you can find out more information at the following link. Please be aware that, if you receive a Doctoral Loan, SFE will split the payments equally over all 4 years of your course (equivalent to £6,611 a year in 2020/21). As Warwick only charges fees for the first 3 years, this may leave students with less money than they expect during this time, so applicants considering a Doctoral Loan are advised to carefully consider whether this will be enough to cover their costs before applying.

Further information on fees, funding and facilities