Doctoral School



Funding your doctorate

The resources below provide information and opportunities for funding your doctorate and your research at Sussex.

PhD Scholarships and funding

See our PhD fees and scholarships pages for details of scholarships and other types of 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 our PhD fees and scholarships webpages.

Research Professional

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


Funding your professional development

The following funds are designed to support your professional development as a researcher at Sussex. Opportunities include funding to present your research at an overseas conference; to deliver a public engagement initiative; and to organise your own professional development activity for researchers.

You can also use the the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding and Research Professional database to find external funding for conferences and travel.

Researcher-Led Initiative Fund

Our Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund supports peer-led professional development activities that benefit a broad range of researchers (across disciplines and career stages). Explore this page to find out more...

Public Engagement Fund

The Public Engagement Fund was piloted during 2017-18, but has now been merged with the Researcher Led Initiative (RLI) Fund. Researchers interested in public engagement activity should now apply to the RLI Fund for support.

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grant

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants support conference attendance overseas for doctoral researchers at Sussex.

Funding is limited to £1,000 for any one student across the duration of your registration, and the University expects that you will be an active participant in the conference with a paper or presentation.

Find out more.

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.

The Lyle Travel Award for Dementia Research

The Lyle travel award supports Sussex PhD students engaged in dementia research for attendance at UK and international dementia research conferences, workshops or research placements.

Funding will be limited to £250 for any one application, and is limited to one award per student during the period of their registration. The Dementia Research Group may use its discretion to award less than the maximum amount.

The Lyle awards are administered by the Doctoral School on behalf of the University. The call for applications is now open on a rolling basis (with two awards likely per year) and applicants should apply at least one month before the event.

Applicants are asked to complete the attached form and return it to Amanda Britt in the Doctoral School, clearly marked as a Lyle Travel Award application.

Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Awards

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.


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