Alternative sources of master’s funding

Charities, foundations and trusts provide an alternative range of funding and awards for master’s study and postgraduate research, including studentships, scholarships, bursaries, competitions and prizes.

We have subscribed to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which is available to all applicants and current students.

This publication provides a comprehensive overview of how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding, particularly charities, that make awards to current and prospective postgraduate students.

The guide was written by two UK-based PhD students who between them have won over £45,000 from 52 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 100 links to voluntary sector funding sources.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is independently published by GradFunding.

Prospective students

If you’re considering applying to The University of Manchester, please email the Manchester Doctoral College at with the subject title 'Alternative Guide to PG Funding' and we will send the documentation to you.

Current students and staff

If you’re a current student or member of staff at The University of Manchester, you can download the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding (PDF document, 9.9MB).

MastersCompare postgraduate scholarship


MastersCompare are offering a £5,000 Postgraduate Scholarship for master's study in the academic year 2017/18. The scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students.

To be eligible for consideration for the MastersCompare postgraduate scholarship, you'll need to have applied and be in receipt of an unconditional offer of a place on a part-time or full-time postgraduate master's by 1 September 2018. To apply for the scholarship, simply register on MastersCompare and tick the 'Scholarship' box to be entered. Find out more at the MastersCompare website