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Finding funding guidance


Unsure of where to start your search? 

Postgraduate Funding Database: 

Information about the wide range of postgraduate funding opportunities both at King's College London and externally can be found via our searchable online Postgraduate Funding Database. This database contains both taught and research funding opportunities and allows you to conduct a search by a number of filters including subject area and country of domicile. 

Funding from King's:

King’s administers and provides an extensive range of funding opportunities for postgraduate taught courses and postgraduate research courses throughout the year. 

The King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies also administers/offers a wide range of postgraduate studentships and bursaries for both masters and doctoral/PhD programmes. 

Each scholarship will hold varying application processes, eligibility criteria and deadlines, please go through the information carefully to see which scholarships you may be eligible for. 

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding:

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding, especially charities or trusts which make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. 

The Alternative Guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. 

King's College London has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all current students and staff to use! 

Login Now! Start to make the most of this really useful resource. 

If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please email doctoralstudies@kcl.ac.uk with your King's admissions ID number to get an access PIN.


Hints and tips when applying for funding: 

  • Start researching options early - most new schemes are launched in the autumn months for funding commencing the following academic session. 
  • Check deadlines - both of the funding body and of the institution, if applicable. 
  • Do your research - on programme, institution, location and academics. 
  • Take advice - have you made the right choices? 
  • Think about and contact referees - before and during the process. 
  • Think about your research proposal/personal statement - does it answer all the questions, and does it tell the funders everything they need to know.
  • Presentation - check for typos and check the formatting of the application. 
  • Remember! It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and meets the requirements set out by the funding body, this includes the submission of references and academic transcripts.


Where can I get further advice? 

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has information on their website regarding PGR funding opportunities

The Student Funding Office offers confidential advice to both prospective and current students covering issues such as bursaries and scholarships, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans etc. 

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