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QMUL funding for research students

Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Research Studentships

Queen Mary University Postgraduate Research Studentships are available to applicants of any nationality wishing to undertake research in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering. Queen Mary expects to offer up to 100 studentships for entry in 2020. 

The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance paid at around £17,000 per year. They are tenable for up to three years of PhD study.

There is no separate application process for these awards but they are often tied to advertised projects so check the departmental webpage for specific information. To be considered for an award you need to have applied for your place by the relevant deadlines:

  • HSS (except law) - 19th January 2020
  • Law - 7th December 2019
  • S&E - 31st January 2020

For further information about the Postgraduate Research Studentships available in your subject area please contact the School you wish to study in.

UK Research Council Doctoral Studentships

The UK Research Councils provide studentships to cover tuition fees and maintenance in the form of Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) at Queen Mary.

The partner's through which Research Council funded studentships are available at Queen Mary are listed here

Each centre or partnership will have its own application process and its own deadlines (typically between November – February, before studies commencing in September). UK students are eligible for all schemes but EU students are only eligible for a few. There is more information via the links on the website.

Your potential supervisor or school/institute administrator will be able to advise you on how to apply for one of these studentships.

Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award

This is a £1000 discount off your tuition fees.  

The discount is available to all Queen Mary graduates who are applying for a postgraduate degree programme (any full-time, part-time or distance learning Master’s or Doctorate degree programme offered at Queen Mary).

You will be automatically considered for the award when you apply for your place.

You must not be in receipt of any other Queen Mary scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source to qualify for the Alumni Loyalty Award. You must be self-funding at least £1000 of your fees to be eligible. 

For more details about the Queen Mary Alumni Award click here.

Queen Mary funding opportunities for current students

The Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Fund

This fund is open to all postgraduate research students at Queen Mary. It is designed to support travel (e.g. conference attendance) and other expenses (but not consumables or equipment) related to a students’ doctoral studies. 

Awards are up to a maximum of £2,000. There is no minimum threshold. You will need to show you have sought funding from both internal and external sources (if available) before applying to the fund.

For detailed guidelines and an application form click here.

Enquiries should be sent to

The Queen Mary Doctoral College Initiative Fund

The Doctoral College Initiative Fund (DCIF) is designed to support and promote creative and imaginative activities organised by postgraduate research students which will enhance their research experience, intellectual and/or professional development. The Doctoral College anticipates supporting a wide range of activities or events ranging from, but not limited to, seminars, conferences, debates and specialist training activities.

Awards range between £100 and £1,000. You will need to show you have sought funding from both internal and external sources (if available) before applying to the fund.

For detailed guidelines and an application form click here.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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