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Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding opportunities for current students


  • If your student has been offered a studentship by QMUL please see the Research Degrees Office pages for details of procedures for taking up the offer here.
  • To find out more about QMUL Life Sciences Initiative PGR Studentships please click here.
  • The Principal has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement for PhD funding with Islamia College Peshawar (ICP), Pakistan, on behalf of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC). The scheme offers three-year fully funded full-time PhD positions (stipend + fees) for faculty members of ICP to study for their PhDs at QMUL, in the following subject areas: Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science and Computer Science. The stipend is paid directly by ICP to the student and QMUL waivers the tuition fee. It is envisaged that up to five positions per year will be available through the scheme. Further information can be obtained from Alan Drew ( or Mike Watkinson ( We already have one PhD student enrolled on the scheme (Ibrar Muhammad, who can help with setting up links with Peshawar or the recruitment of candidates.

Student Funds:

There are two QMUL funds that are open to all our postgraduate research students: the Queen Mary Doctoral College Initiative Fund (DCIF) and the Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF), please follow the above links for details.

Students from the School of Medicine and Dentistry can also apply to the School’s Travel Fund for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers. Awards are available to contribute to the travel costs of postgraduate research students attending conferences and courses. To find out how to apply please follow the above link.

External Funding opportunities for current students

QMUL holds subscriptions to both The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding and Research Professional.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding details how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which make awards to current and prospective graduate students. Charities are an underrated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality. To find out more about The Alternative Guide please follow the above link.

Research Professional is a portal of international research and policy information, as well as one of the most comprehensive research funding databases available. To find out how to access Research Professional please follow the above link.

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