PhD funding

Create ground-breaking research with our funded PhD opportunities and PhD scholarships for UK and international students.

We add PhD scholarships throughout the year so keep checking this page for updates.

Find PhD funding and scholarships


Browse all available awards.

Other PhD funding sources

PhD loans

You may be eligible for a PhD loan of up to £28,673. Read more about PhD loans.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The University also subscribes to the The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online. 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 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

Our Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships

We have scholarships and studentships funded by the following doctoral training centres and partnerships:

Our doctoral training partnerships and centres funded by the UK Research Councils (UK Research and Innovation) are open to UK and International students according to the UKRI student eligibility rules. Up to 30% of each cohort of students may be International, but International PhD fees are not covered by the scholarships.

For information on eligibility, please check the current UKRI guidance.

Ways to pay for your research, training and living costs

You can also:

  • look for a part-time job (on campus or in Brighton & Hove) - you may have working restrictions if you have a visa
  • teach other students (this depends on your project and where you're based, so check with your supervisor or research group)
  • apply for researcher funding while you study through the Doctoral School.

You may be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance If you have a learning difficulty, health problem or disabiity. Email for information on disability support.

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