Financial information for PGR students during COVID-19

This page provides information about financial support for Postgraduate students during COVID-19.

UKRI funded programmes 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which supports PGR students throughout the UK, recently announced details to support PGR students through the current COVID-19 pandemic. PGRs who are funded through UKRI programmes, whose funding end dates fall between 1 March 2020 and 31 March 2021, has been offered the opportunity to apply for up to six months of extended funding. 

For UKRI, Research Council funded PGRs in receipt of a stipend whose funding end date falls after 31 March 2021 should not apply for a funded extension now. UKRI is currently reviewing support for PGRs who are at an earlier stage of study and relevant decisions will be communicated in due course.

Please note this applies to the funding end date, and not the submission date.

The University is working on an application process and will be directly in contact with students meeting the criteria above in due course.

Applications should only be made where there has been an interruption to research and study and will be assessed locally by Faculty teams. 

UKRI will also be review applications and we cannot guarantee the final outcome until this process is complete.

For PGRs on UKRI programmes that are jointly funded by the University, we will match the funding provided by UKRI. 

University funded programmes

Students who are directly funded by the University and the funding end dates fall between 1 March 2020 – 31 March 2021, can apply for up to six months of extended funding. 

For University funded PGRs in receipt of a stipend whose funding end date falls after 31 March 2021 should not apply for a funded extension now. UKRI is currently reviewing support for PGRs who are at an earlier stage of study and relevant decisions will be communicated in due course.

Please note this applies to the funding end date, and not the submission date.

Funding by a research grant, external organisation or non-UK national funder

For those students funded by a research grant, external organisation or non-UK national funder we will look to provide specific advice as needed.  Some funders (eg Wellcome) have offered a similar extension package to that of UKRI and the University will support students in making use of these options. Other funders have not yet provided guidance.  As far as possible the University will provide advice and support in discussing extension options with these external funders. Students should in the first instance speak with their supervisor or the grant holder (Principal Investigator).

Self-funded

For self-funded students, the University will look to support you through existing systems and flexibility in regard to registration and progression.  You should work together with your supervisors, to recognise and record any barriers to your work and be prepared to adjust research plans, where possible.

Hardship fund

The University COVID-19 hardship fund has been opened to PGR students. Details of the fund, what it can cover and the process for applications are available on the Student services pages.

 

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