Funding your doctorate
See our Postgraduate Research Funding page for details of studentships and funding for your doctoral degree at Sussex. Our comprehensive funding database tool allows you to search for funding opportunities according to your chosen subject and the region you are from.
You can also find information about research funding, part-time work, funding for disabled students, and loans on the Postgraduate Research Funding page.
Funding your research
The University subscribes to the Research Professional database, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities, where you can:
- Search by a variety of criteria, e.g. Sponsor; Discipline; Award Type; Closing Date; Sponsor Country; Applicant Nationality
- Get up-to-date Funding and Sector news, e.g. Research Fortnight; Research Fortnight Today; Research Europe; Research Europe Today
- Find out about workgroup funding opportunities specific to you and your schools
- Set-up e-mail alerts for funding opportunities and/or research news
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
The University also subscribes to the The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online. The Guide is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality. The Guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance written by successful applicants, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
If you are a current University of Sussex student you can register for the Guide with your Sussex email address. If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has applied to Sussex, please use the following authentication PIN to register for the Guide: 6789
Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Award
Kindness UK is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering kindness throughout society, and is working with the University of Sussex to promote research from any academic discipline that illuminates kindness and its effects on people and communities. Kindness UK would like to support dissemination of relevant research by doctoral students at national or international conferences.
Funding up to a maximum of £1,000 per successful applicant will be available to cover the costs of attending a conference where you will be presenting the research. Find out more about the Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Award.
The DOC (Doctoral Overseas Conference) grants support conference attendance overseas for doctoral students at Sussex. Find out more about the criteria and call dates here.
Funding will be limited to £1,000 for any one student, and the university expects that you will be an active participant in the conference with a paper or presentation.
Santander Mobility grants
Our Santander Mobility grants provide pump priming to support research students and/or their supervisors to undertake visits to institutions within the Santander Network of 1,208 universities and research institutes in Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, UK, UAE and Uruguay.
Collaborative Doctoral Studentships
Following a successful round which part-funded 5 studentships, the Doctoral School has re-opened the scheme with a rolling deadline to allow maximum flexibility for external funders and Sussex supervisors.
The Collaborative Doctoral Studentships initiative aims to promote and facilitate doctoral research in partnership with non-academic partners – from the private, public or third sector. It is designed to assist in the development of lasting research partnerships and to promote the recruitment of high quality doctoral candidates.
The funding can cover any discipline and will suit situations in which a supervisor is developing links with a company, government body or charity who are able to part-fund a studentship.
University funding will provide match funding equal to the contribution made by the external partner - i.e. 50% of the studentship.
Further information is included in the call documentation and the application form.
If you want to discuss your project idea, please contact Amanda Britt, Doctoral School project officer – email@example.com or extension 8498