Fees and funding

If you are looking for a scholarship to support you during your PhD in Social and Policy Studies at Loughborough, there are several opportunities you can consider.

Please note that a strong application will take time to develop, so make sure that you get in touch with a prospective supervisor from our team early on to discuss your proposed project.

Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Loughborough University is part of the Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, which offers a number of studentships each year to study at Loughborough. The DTP also offers Collaborative Studentships involving research in partnership with external public, private or third sector organisations. The call for applications typically opens in the autumn, with deadlines typically in December and January.

School-wide PhD scholarships

Our School also offers PhD scholarships open to prospective Social and Policy Studies students. These are normally advertised in the autumn of each year on specialised websites such as jobs.ac.uk. You can also stay updated on this and other opportunities by following us on Twitter.

University-wide PhD scholarships

Loughborough University also runs several University-wide PhD scholarship schemes that are open to Social and Policy Studies students. These are targeted at prospective PhD students from specific countries or in specific areas of specialisation.


Students can also fund their own PhD, in which case they may be able to partly cover their expenses with a variety of sources of loans and support from different funders.

Please see the University’s Research degree funding page and the website of the Doctoral Training College.


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2019/20 fees for UK/EU and international students