Information for scholarship award holders

If you have been awarded a scholarship, you may have queries about your payments, additional funding available, or what happens if you need to take a leave of absence.

Terms and conditions

Follow the links below for information relating to your sponsor, including funder expectations, how to apply for any additional funding allowances, and what to do if you need to take a leave of absence.

Payment of scholarships

Please note that the mode of payments for the 2020/21 academic year is under review due to a University systems change, the information below may stand, or scholarships may be paid monthly in advance.  This page will be updated as soon as the proposed payment method is known.

If your scholarship includes a maintenance allowance this will be paid in advance directly into your bank account in four equal quarterly instalments. All scholarship maintenance payments are exempt from income tax and National Insurance contributions.

You will be asked to provide your bank details at the pre-registration stage. If you haven't yet provided your bank details, or need to update them, then follow the instructions on the Finance webpages. You can change your bank details up to five working days prior to the payment due date.

Payment dates

Maintenance for months: Payment date:
October/November/December 1 October (or as soon as possible after registration)
January/February/March 1 January
April/May/June 1 April
July/August/September 1 July

The above dates apply to those students who register or re-register for 1 October. If you are a cross-sessional student and have a different registration date, then your payment dates may differ. Further information on payments is available on the Finance webpages.

Please note that in order to receive payment you will be required to have full registration status on the payment date. It may take up to 3 working days from the dates above for funds to be available in your bank account. If you do not receive a payment when you expect to, or the amount differs from what you expect to receive, please contact including your registration number with your query.

Payment rates

The standard UK Research Council stipend for 2020/21 is £15,285 and all University Scholarships paid at this standard rate will be paid at the same level. Part-time scholarships are normally paid at 50%. Some scholarships may have different stipend levels and this will be detailed in your scholarship award letter.

Additional financial support

If you have expenses for fieldwork or attending a conference:

  • Check the terms of your scholarship to see if you can claim from your RTSG or apply for additional funding.
  • You may be able to claim from the Learned Societies Fund via your Faculty.
  • Non-funded Social Sciences students can apply to the Social Sciences Faculty Research Support Scheme.
  • Some external funding bodies offer support for fieldwork, conferences and other expenses.
  • Your academic department may have knowledge of or access to other funding sources.

Student Services (SSiD) provide further support relating to funding your studies, budgeting, debt management and emergency financial help

Student Services website

Scholarship confirmation letters

If you require a letter confirming your scholarship (e.g. for a visa extension or as proof of income) please email with your name, registration number and type of scholarship, letting us know whether you require a hard copy. We can normally produce letters within a few days, and will reply to your email with a PDF. If you require a hard copy we can post this or let you know when it is ready for collection.

Other opportunities for scholarship holders

Research Councils and other organisations offer internship schemes and additional training opportunities for scholarship holders'

  • AHRC International Placement Scheme supports the placement of postgraduate students and early career researchers on short-term fellowships at overseas research institutions. See the AHRC website for details.
  • AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Awards of up to £3k for PhD students to run collaborative activities. See the AHRC website for details.
  • BBSRC Policy Placements provide a three-month placement opportunity for BBSRC and NERC-funded PhD students to gain experience of working in science policy. See the BBSRC website for details.
  • ESRC Student Internship Scheme provides current ESRC-funded PhD students with the opportunity to spend up to six months in a non-academic organisation within the public, civil society (voluntary) or private sector. See the ESRC website for details.
  • ESRC funded students should also check the Social Sciences DTC website for details of training opportunities, events and conferences.
  • Strategic skills awards. BBSRC and MRC are collaborating with the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) to provide additional funding to BBSRC and MRC-funded students to support research training in integrative mammalian biology. See the BBSRC website for details.
  • 'Enterprisers' programme for BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC funded students. See their website for details.
  • Vitae GRADschools are free to AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC funded students. See their website for details.
  • Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness offers international conference travel grants for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to present or co-present a medical sociology or sociology of health and illness paper at an international conference outside the UK. See their website for further information.

Who to contact

Please email the PGR Scholarships Team at Please include your registration number and type of scholarship in your query so we can find your scholarship record.

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