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The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The University has subscribed to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which all applicants and current students can download. This guide details how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which make awards to current and prospective graduate students. Charities are an underrated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding logo showing a drawn raven in academic regalia

The Guide was written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 300 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide is independently published by GradFunding.

Key Features

  • For PGR students
  • Funding for fees, maintenance, research costs
  • Searchable Funding Database with 600+ bodies
  • All about unusual alternative funding sources
  • Personal and Financial Statement Assistants
  • Featured in Guardian, Independent, New Scientist

How to access the Alternative Guide

To access the Alternative Guide, just visit:
From campus or from home

Logging in for the first time?

Creating an account takes about 30 seconds. You will need to register for a personal username and password. All you have to do is enter your college email address in the green box on the Gateway page and you will be emailed an automatically generated username and password. Once you have these details, you can use the blue box on the Gateway page to logon, using option 1.

In addition, if you are on campus, you will also have the option to just use the automatic login by clicking on the button in the blue box, option 2 – no registration required.