Sources of funding

On this page you can find information about possible funding sources that you can contact if you want some help with financing your course. If you are unsure about the cost of your course, please see our list of course tuition fees.

Scholarships

 

Taught degree funding for UK/EU students

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Loans

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Loans provide taught postgraduate students up to £10,000 worth of loan support towards the cost of tuition fees and living costs.  These loans are available to eligible Scotland and EU domiciled students undertaking full and part-time postgraduate study at the University of Stirling.

Learn more about SAAS loans

UK Research Councils

The UK Research Councils and the British Academy provide funding for students working towards a PhD. They also offer funding for students on full and part-time study where the focus is on advanced study and research, with the intention of providing students with the research training they need for further research at Doctoral level.

The Research Council to which you should make an application will be determined partly by the subject you wish to study, and partly by the area of the UK in which you live. The UK Research Councils offer both one year and three year awards, which can cover tuition fees and maintenance for UK students. EU students may apply, but are normally eligible only for payment of tuition fees and not a maintenance grant.

To find out if your course is eligible for funding, it's worth contacting the Research Council relevant to your chosen course:

Career Development Loans

British residents may be entitled to apply for a Career Development Loan. These are administered by the Department of Education and Skills, operating in partnership with three banks – the Co-operative Bank, Barclays Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Loans range from £300 to £8,000, and are available for funding up to 80 percent of course fees (or 100 percent if you have been unemployed for over three months prior to the start of your course) plus 100 percent of any other expenses.

Only vocationally-based courses are eligible and they must not attract a local education authority award (including SAAS). For more information, consult the UK Government website.

Trusts and Charities

Organisations such as the Rotary Club and other trusts and charities can be a useful source of small grants, but very few will be able to meet the total amount needed for fees and maintenance.


There are also a wide variety of trusts covering differing locations and professions, while the Association of Charitable Foundations also provides links to charitable bodies that may offer funding.

Employer Sponsorship

Your employer may give you paid leave for study or pay for all or part of your tuition fees and other costs such as examination fees and books. This is only likely if the programme of study is directly relevant to your work, but it may be worth considering if you feel that knowledge of a particular postgraduate programme will benefit your employer.

Taught degree funding for international students

Trusts and Charities

Organisations such as the Rotary Club and other trusts and charities can be a useful source of small grants, but very few will be able to meet the total amount needed for fees and maintenance.

There are also a wide variety of trusts covering differing locations and professions, while the Association of Charitable Foundations also provides links to charitable bodies that may offer funding.

Employer Sponsorship

Your employer may give you paid leave for study or pay for all or part of your tuition fees and other costs such as examination fees and books.

This is only likely if the programme of study is directly relevant to your work, but it may be worth considering if you feel that knowledge of a particular postgraduate programme will benefit your employer.

Research degree funding for UK/EU students

UK Research Councils

The UK Research Councils and the British Academy offer both one-year and three-year awards which can cover tuition fees and maintenance for UK students. EU students may apply, but are normally eligible only for payment of tuition fees and not a maintenance grant.

To find out if your programme is eligible for funding, it's worth contacting the Research Council relevant to your chosen course:

Trusts and Charities

Organisations such as the Rotary Club and other trusts and charities can be a useful source of small grants, but very few will be able to meet the total amount needed for fees and maintenance.

There are also a wide variety of trusts covering differing locations and professions, while the Association of Charitable Foundations also provides links to charitable bodies that may offer funding.

Teaching Assistantships

Some  Faculties at the University of Stirling may offer teaching assistantships for research students in return for undertaking part-time teaching duties. Participants will receive a stipend to support them in their studies. The amount of teaching will not normally exceed six hours per week. More information can be found by contacting the relevant Faculty directly.

Employer Sponsorship

Your employer may give you paid leave for study or pay for all or part of your tuition fees and other costs such as examination fees and books. This is only likely if the programme of study is directly relevant to your work, but it may be worth considering if you feel that in depth knowledge of a particular subject area will benefit your employer.

Research degree funding for international students

Trusts and Charities

Organisations such as the Rotary Club and other trusts and charities can be a useful source of small grants, but very few will be able to meet the total amount needed for fees and maintenance.

There are also a wide variety of trusts covering differing locations and professions, while the Association of Charitable Foundations also provides links to charitable bodies that may offer funding.

Teaching Assistantships

Some Faculties within the University may offer teaching assistantships for research students in return for undertaking part-time teaching duties. Participants will receive a stipend to support them in their studies. The amount of teaching will not normally exceed six hours per week as recommended, and more information can be found by contacting the relevant Faculty directly.

Employer Sponsorship

Your employer may give you paid leave for study or pay for all or part of your tuition fees and other costs such as examination fees and books.

This is only likely if the programme of study is directly relevant to your work, but it may be worth considering if you feel that in-depth knowledge of a particular subject area will benefit your employer.

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