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Posted Nov. 25, 2019

University Bursaries

University BursariesUniversity bursaries or grants are different from postgraduate scholarships as they tend to be based on the financial eligibility of the student rather than their academic qualifications. 

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Grants are similar to bursaries, but grants tend to come from government funding and bursaries tend to come from private funding, although this is not always the case. Postgraduate students from around the world will find that there are bursaries available for them to apply for no matter where or what they are studying. And if you need additonal funding you can always apply for a postgraduate loan from Prodigy Finance.

Here’s the lowdown on postgraduate university bursaries.

Types of bursaries

Most universities will offer bursaries for students who are in financial need. Others will offer bursaries by department or subject area, for example STEM subject areas or for financing individual parts of a student's research or study such as travel to an academic conference or give bursaries for students from specific countries like the ones for students from Commonwealth countries at the University of Liverpool. Many organisations that support students also offer bursaries or grants to students who are in financial need. For example, each year there are x15 Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 available to postgraduate students from anywhere in the world studying at any recognised institution at anywhere in the world. Find out more here.

How to research bursaries

Stay on the lookout and read student newsletters and websites to find out what is available from your chosen university, as most universities will list scholarships and bursaries available on their website, just like at the University of Stirling. If you are already attending the university make sure you spend time networking with academic staff as they will know what time of year different bursaries are available for application. It’s also a good idea to sign up to websites that specialise in bursaries and scholarships in your subject area and the country that you are studying in, as well as your home country, if you are an international student

How to apply for bursaries

Most bursaries need a personal statement and it is worth spending a little time on this. Usually they will need you to complete an application form, rather than just sending a CV, and they may need you to provide evidence that you are using the funds for the specific reason they have given them to you, for example for funding for travel to attend a conference. 

Tips for being successful 

Start by picking bursaries that you are eligible for, as you don't want to waste your time filling in forms for bursaries that are not the right fit. Make sure you apply in good time and spend plenty of time polishing your statement to perfection. Give them all the information they need and any documents that they ask for. Finally, don't miss the deadline. 

Prodigy FinanceOther sources 

There are lots of other sources of funding if you find yourself with a funding gap. Think about a private loan to get yourself through your studies from Prodigy Finance. They are focussed specifically on students and offer a range of loan options for postgraduate study around the world. If you are international student, then you will be able to continue to use Prodigy Finance if you decide to return home or move to another country to continue your studies, and if your circumstances change you can change your repayment plans to fit with your life. 

Postgrad students by numbers

Wherever where you choose to study in the world there are always lots of other international postgraduate students. This table illustrates the number of international students studying at various different countries around the world.

International students bursaries


Please note that the information here does not constitute financial advice. Prodigy Finance is one of many potential funding options for international postgraduate students. Other student funding options are available and advises you to research all your options thoroughly before making such a commitment. accepts no responsibility for your choice of loan and does not endorse or support Prodigy Finance. Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713.

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Tshidi Moganedi March 17, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

I would like to get a funding for to further my studies, currently I have BTech in safety but now I want to study Post graduate in Labour Relations.

Charlotte King March 23, 2020, 9:57 a.m.

Hi Tshidi – if you get offered a place on a postgraduate program in Labour Relations at any university you will be eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary worth £500 >
Good luck with your studies!

Oduniyi Olufemi July 28, 2022, 11:17 p.m.

Please I am interested in student loan which will cover mainly my Tuition fee for Master of Public health at City, University of London.

Charlotte King Aug. 1, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

If you are from the UK you should be eligible to apply for one of the UK government masters loans to help cover the costs >
Once you have been accepted on a masters course at any university you are also eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >

Elzubair Hussein Nov. 2, 2023, 9:40 a.m.


I've got an offer to study Business with Operations Management at the University of Warwick and now I'm searching for funding for my tuition fees. I would be grateful if any one could help me.

Charlotte King Dec. 17, 2023, 5:49 p.m.

If you have an offer from the University of Warwick, you are eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £2,000 each >
Good luck!

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