Funding Opportunities for International students on a Research programme

International (non-EU) students commencing a Research programme can be supported through University schemes or external schemes as those listed below. 

Please click on the funding title for a brief description of the scheme. Our Funding & Scholarship Calculator is also available to provide information on possible funding opportunites and is updated on a regular basis.

Some possible Funding Opportunities: 

AberDoc PhD Scholarship Competition

AberDoc PhD Scholarship Competition 2019

The AberDoc is a prestigious fund for Research Postgraduates. These highly sought after scholarships are worth *approx £18,748 per annum. Successful UK/EU candidates will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees (approx £4,260*) and also provide them with a maintenance allowance of approximately £14,777 and access to a travel and conference fund (£500 per annum). Non-EU students would have to cover the difference between UK/EU tuition fees and the non-EU tuition fees from their scholarship. However, there will be 3 additional President's Scholarships that will cover this difference in tuition fees. These will be awarded to the three highest ranked non-EU candidates for this competition.

*Figures quoted relate to 2018-2019 academic year.  Please note that the value of warad for 2019-2020 is subject to the confirmation of tuitoin fees for 2019-2020

Deadlines:  The University's general deadline for the 2019 competition is the 1st March 2019.

N.B. Please note that the deadline for the Departments of Geography & Earth Sciences, International Politics, History & Welsh History, Psychology and Theatre, Film and Television Studies is the 25th January 2019.

For further information please see the AberDoc (PhD) Scholarship Competition web page.

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS)

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS) for 2018-2019

Scholarships, each worth £2,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a Research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2018. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a relevant programme at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018.

Please see the regulations below for further information.

  1. Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters, MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD programmes are available for students who commence their studies in September 2018 in Aberystwyth.
  2. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by 27th July 2018 at the very latest.  
  3. Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.
  4. Acceptance of an offer of an award must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.
  5. Decisions for 2018 will be made centrally in-line with the decision making process.  
  6. Scholarships are available essentially for self-financed students, i.e. they cannot be held by:

              (i)            students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any AU award or

              (ii)           any partial awards with a resultant combined value greater than 25% of the value of the tuition fees). For example, they could be held with an Aber-grad Scholarship or a HEI partnership discount but could not be held with an (AU) International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship (IPES). 

  1. Scholarships should be used the year for which they are applied and awarded for. In the event of candidates deferring the year of entry the scholarship can also be deferred. If it is deemed necessary for the Scholarship holder to suspend their studies, the scholarship will be held on University account and carried forward to the year of resumption of studies and the candidate will be expected to pay their contribution on a pro-rata basis.
  2. During and after the period of study the candidate may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the University. This may include receptions and social events, testimonial or publicity articles or even assisting with activities in their home country.
  3. For taught programmes, scholarships may be transferred between Masters courses (at NQF Level 6) where the applicant changes the programme of study during the course of the degree. The award is tenable for the full 12 month period of the full-time Masters course.
  4. For research programmes, scholarships may be transferred between programmes at the same level (i.e. between MPhil/LLM by Research programmes at NQF Level 7 or between PhD programmes at NQF Level 8) where the applicant/student changes the programme of study during the course of their registration. The award for MPhil/LLM by Research programmes is tenable for a maximum of 12 months.  The award for PhD programmes is tenable for a maximum of 36 months. 
  5. If, in the view of the appropriate Institute Director, a scholarship holder’s progress is deemed unsatisfactory, the scholarship may be withdrawn. A scholarship may also be withdrawn on the grounds of failure to comply with any of the conditions of the award. The candidate may be required to repay the University any award which has been made, in whole or in part. If the scholar feels that such a withdrawal is unjustified s/he may appeal in writing to the Director of the International Office within 15 days of the date of notification.
  6. Where the applicant arranges to pay fees by instalment the scholarship will be deducted from the final instalment.  Where the candidate arranges to pay their tuition fees in full in advance, they will receive the scholarship deduction immediately and the tuition fee will be adjusted accordingly. International (non-EU) applicants are required to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees in accordance with University policy.* 
  7. This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review. The University reserves the right to make, amend, withdraw, suspend or cancel without notice these and other such Regulations as may be in force from time to time and such decisions shall be final.


* Please note that an AIS award cannot be used against the non-refundable tuition fee deposit that was specified in the offer letter for your place on the Masters course. You would have to pay this deposit in advance of completing the admissions process. The Aberystwyth International Scholarship would thus be a reduction in the remaining tuition fees.

Stafford and Grad Plus Federal Loan Programs

(Students from the USA only)

Please visit the US Federal Loans for relevant details.

US Marshall Scholarships

(Students from the USA only)

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

For further information visit:

British Council

International students are strongly encouraged to approach the British Council in their home countries at the earliest date possible to enquire about assistance.  In addition, most British Council offices will have a library of resources that you can use to find out about independent charities and trusts that may have scholarships to award in your chosen field of study.

For further information visit the British Council website