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Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

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This guide details how to find and apply for alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which make awards to current and prospective taught and research postgraduate students.

Charities are an underrated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality. Securing funding also boosts your CV, particularly if you are considering an academic career.

The guide has been written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards.

The Guide was really helpful in explaining how to write to recognised trusts and charities across the UK and provided a list of different contacts. It included example letters and statements from previous students so I found this really useful. I wrote around 50-100 letters to different organisations and, yes, I did have a few knock-backs but I was successful in receiving a grant from a charity which was enough to help me pay for my first term’s living costs alone.

Laura, MSc Eco-Cities

In the guide you'll find examples of model personal and financial statements, and over 500 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide is independently published by GradFunding.

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