Glossary of terms used on this page

A variety of terms are used for funding opportunities or financial aid given to students to help them further their education. There is crossover between these different terms. You should read the eligibility criteria carefully and also any terms and conditions attached to the individual award.

Studentship
This broadly refers to an award that covers fees and often living costs for a student undertaking postgraduate research (usually PhD study).
Scholarship
This is generally awarded to students taking an undergraduate course or postgraduate taught course. The award can be used to lower the cost of tuition fees, or paid directly to the student. Bursary and scholarship awards are similar.
Bursary
This is broadly interchangeable with a scholarship/award. It is a term often used by external funders to describe funding opportunities.
Award
This is broadly the same as scholarship/bursary.
Loan
This is financial support that must be paid back to the funding body at some agreed future date.

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If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity, regardless of your financial circumstances.

That is why we offer a substantial package of funding opportunities to encourage and support well qualified, ambitious students to come and study at the University of Stirling. Please use the search function on this page to find funding opportunities available to you.

You can apply for a range of University funding as well as funding provided by UK and international government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, a number of research councils, industry and employers.

We use different terminology such as scholarship, bursary and studentship and there is a helpful glossary of terms to help guide you.

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