Funding information for postgraduate researchers

Here you'll find the latest information about doctoral loans, our scholarships and other funding for PhD students.

If you have any questions about fees and funding, our Money Advice Service is on hand to offer free, specialist advice. We also run finance talks at our postgraduate Open Evenings.

Other sources of funding are available, and you may find the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding useful. If you're currently studying at ARU, you can login to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding for free.

We understand it’s a difficult time with the cost of living increasing, so we offer a range of discounts and free resources to our students. Read more about cost of living support at ARU.

If you're looking for funding information for Masters students, please visit our postgraduate finance page.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of ARU scholarships and bursaries to postgraduate researchers.

The Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships

These scholarships include a fee waiver and stipend set at UKRI levels. Giving the chance to undertake research in a selected range of disciplinary areas, they are offered annually for specific projects, for a September start, studying on a full-time basis on campus.

They are open to Home fee status applicants who should have (or expect to achieve) a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. A Masters degree in a relevant subject is desirable.

Find out more about the Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships

Partial scholarships and bursaries

Alumni Scholarship - for eligible students who have already completed an ARU degree course

International Merit Scholarship - for international students whose academic achievements set them apart from their peers

International Alumni Scholarship - for international students who have already completed an ARU degree course (or a degree course with one of our predecessor institutions)

International Early Payment Discount - pay your tuition fees early and take advantage of our special discount.

Doctoral Loan

If you're an eligible postgraduate research student, you can apply for a Doctoral Loan to cover your course fees and living costs. You can borrow up to:

  • £27,892 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2022
  • £27,265 if your course started between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022
  • £26,445 if your course started between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021

The amount you'll receive is not dependent on your or your family's income. The loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

You won't start repaying your Doctoral Loan until you're earning more than £21,000 a year.

Find out more, check your eligibility, and apply for a Doctoral Loan at


Fully-funded projects

You can find our opportunities on FindaPhD.

Self-funded projects

We offer a selection of self-funded projects that you can apply for. Details of these projects can be found on the Faculty pages:

Charities, trusts and foundations

Some charities, trusts and foundations make partial funding awards for postgraduate study. You can find out more about charities and trusts at your local library. Useful publications include:

  • The Educational Grants Directory
  • The Grants Register
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
  • The Charities Digest

Grants and allowances

You may be able to apply for some additional grants, allowances and benefits to support you in your study. Some of these are income assessed.

Options include:

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Tax credits

Council tax

Help with healthcare costs