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Research Funding

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The University is subscribed to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which all applicants and current students can access. 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 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

  • Funding for fees, maintenance, research costs
  • Searchable Funding Database with 600+ bodies
  • All about unusual alternative funding sources
  • Templates to assist you in approaching less-traditional research funders
  • Personal and Financial Statement Assistants

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 Queen Mary 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 log on, 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.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the guide and how to use it consider attending the workshop PHD-QMA-003 – Postgraduate Funding – Considering the Alternatives, which can be booked on the CPD bookings site. Alternatively, you can watch a recording of the online workshop by self-enrolling on QMplus.

Research Professional

Research Professional is a funding portal that has a search tool that can help you find fellowships, travel and conference funds, small research awards, and more. It also keeps you up to date with the latest news from the research and development and higher education sectors.

In addition to helping your find opportunities, their Funding Know How section offers you case studies and interviews with researchers who have had funding success in various ways. These researchers offer you tips and insights that may help you better communicate your proposals, and increase your chances of funding success!

Create an account and set up a weekly email reminder to keep you up to date on funding opportunities and relevant news that are of interest to you.

Logging in for the first time?

If you access Research Professional through a campus connection, you don't have to create a guest account or login.

Otherwise, find Queen Mary in the list on the left (and login using your credentials). Once you have logged in, you can create an account in order to set up email reminders and other subscription features.

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