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Research Council Scholarships

Research councils are public bodies which invest UK taxpayers’ money in science and research. They advance knowledge and generate new ideas which can be used to create wealth and drive improvements in quality of life.

The University of St Andrews funds more than 275 students each year through doctoral training awards from seven research councils.

Residency requirements

Students must meet UK residency requirements for a full fees and stipend studentship award. EU students are eligible for a fees-only award unless they meet UK residency requirements).

For the academic year 2018-2019, EU nationals will remain eligible to apply for research council PhD studentships at UK institutions to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

Fee and stipend rate

The Research Councils Strategy Unit (RCUK) sets the fee and stipend rate each year for all the research councils. The current annual stipend rate for 2017-2018 is £14,553.

However, this is the minimum rate, and some of the research councils offer enhanced stipend rates and up to four years’ funding for targeted areas of research.

Most research councils offer a small annual supplement towards travel, fieldwork and other research costs (called RTSG). This varies depending on the research council, so please read the terms and conditions specific to the award. Some may need you to claim these additional costs or provide receipts before they will pay you.


Research councils will pay your stipend in advance at the start of each month. To receive your funds, you must be fully registered and have nominated a valid UK bank account through your student e-Vision portal.

If your fees are covered by a research council, you must tell the University of this at matriculation. This is so the University charges the fees to the research council and not to you.

Current funding available

Schools are currently accepting applications for all research council funding. Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the relevant School.