Funding Opportunities

We have found a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduates. Please look through the page to see what you can apply for! And send any other suggestions to

The main places to search

The following websites all offer funding and loan information for postgraduate study, and/or the option to search large databases of funding and scholarship opportunities from throughout the UK.

RGS-IBG Funding opportunities

There are various funding opportunities available through the RGS.

Masters funding

Gov.UK outlines several funding options, including how to apply for loans to cover Masters studies

Oxford University is offering full MSc scholarships in Sustainable Urban Development, designed to be taken part time while working. Details on the programme are here and on the scholarship here.

PhD funding

PhD funding tends to be given via a department, institution, research project, or Doctoral Training Centre. Often to find opportunities, it is best to use one of the databases as the top of this page, or to search on specific University websites. Nonetheless, we have found some of the major PhD funding opportunities which are listed below.

Postdoctoral funding

There are various funding bodies that give grants for postdoctoral research to support writing up your thesis for publication, additional research, or for new research projects entirely. This list is not exhaustive but gives an indication of the main opportunities available. Speak to supervisors about opportunities your university might offer internally. And approach academics with funding for large projects, as often they can set aside money for a postdoctoral researcher if the research interests fit.

Conference and workshop funding

The RGS and other institutions often funding specifically aimed at conference attendance. Again, this list is not exhaustive but provides you with some useful directions. A few tips to start with:

Fieldwork, miscellaneous and non-UK funding

A number of trusts and other organisations offer smaller grants for fieldwork and research expenses. This section also includes more general grants and areas of funding including help with living expenses.