Funding your PhD

Our PhD programme is supported by training grants from several UK Research Councils, as well as charitable trusts and industrial collaborators. Many of our students also self-fund their postdoctoral research.

The costs of studying for a PhD can be met in several different ways.

This includes:

  • Through funded research degrees, commonly known as studentships, which cover the cost of your degree and often provide a stipend to cover living expenses.
  • Self-funding your PhDs, covering the costs yourself or through other sources
  • Applying for scholarships, grants and bursaries, which may cover all or part of your fees and help towards other expenses
  • Working while you study.

Securing funding can be complex and time consuming so it’s important that you start your search early.

At the Institute of Integrative Biology, our PhD programme is supported by training grants from several UK Research Councils, including PhD studentships via our Doctoral Training Programmes:

Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham BBSRC DTP with projects within Agriculture and Food Security, Basic Bioscience for Health and Other World Class Bioscience.
Sheffield-Liverpool-York NERC ACCE DTP (ACCE - 'Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment').
Discovery Medicine North (DiMEN) MRC DTP between Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities.

In addition, students are supported by charitable trusts and industrial collaborators. We also have many students with their own independent funding from governments, international scholarships, and other sources.

How to fund your PhD

Find out more about funding postdoctoral research at the University of Liverpool

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