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Financial Support and Funding
Finance: Membership


This page is designed to provide a few additional options for students who need money for a range of reasons. Look through the list to see what might apply to you and your situation. If you do not find what you're looking for then you can always use Keele SU's ASK service which you can access HERE.

If there are more sources of financial support that you think could be on this page, please let us know! 


Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online. Follow THIS LINK to look at what is available. 


The KPA Bursary is a fund open to all postgraduate students, regardless of what course or degree you are studying. Students may apply for an amount between £50 and £500 to aid with their research, subject to the approval of the KPA Disbursement Committee.

Just a few of the costs the KPA Bursary will cover include:

  • Conference fees (at home or abroad)

  • Travel within the UK (fuel costs calculated at 35pence per mile for car travel; train travel is automatically given at student rail card prices)

  • Equipment for field work related to your dissertation

  • Access to archives and research materials (at home or abroad)

  • Accommodation costs related to your visit (at home or abroad)​


The KPA Bursary will not cover:

  • Flights to or travel within a foreign country

  • Equipment NOT related specifically to your study, such as laptops

  • University or off-campus term-time accommodation

  • Tuition fees


Successful applicants to the Bursary in the past have attended, amongst others, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, the 9th Alpine Conference on Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in France and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam.

Your application form must be signed by you and your supervisor, by hand or electronically. Failure to provide these two signatures will mean that your application is automatically rejected.

The Bursary is usually very popular, and we receive a high volume of applications; try to make yours as clear, informative and detailed as possible in order to stand out for a greater chance of success.

Please ensure that you complete ALL sections of the form accurately. 

You can apply HERE


Keele University have a range of support funds and schemes available to postgraduate students - the Financial Support Team can help you to resolve issues with your Student Finance, create a budget and to help you to explore your options if you’re facing financial hardship. We are also able to ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible, such as bursaries and scholarships.

Please click here for more information. 


From August 2016, postgraduate students will be able to apply for loans for Masters students and PhD students (subject to further government consultation).

Healthcare and Education Funding link here.

Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships (UK)

The Keele Postgraduate Research Alumni Discount (KPGRAD)

For more information, click here.


Please note this scheme only runs between March and April of a given year.


The Santander Travel Bursary is operated by Keele in partnership with Santander Universities, offering travel bursaries to support overseas travel and overseas projects undertaken by Keele students and academic staff.   Applications can be made to receive an award of up to a maximum of £1,000.

  • Travel to undertake volunteering work

  • Travel to Latin America or other Spanish-speaking countries

  • Travel to other Santander Universities partner countries

  • Travel to develop new networks or projects with overseas partners

  • Travel to participate in an organised expedition


The application process asks for no more than 500 words describing the reasons you want to travel, the benefits you will gain as an individual (life experience, contribution to society, career development, overseas work experience, etc), how much you are applying for and what you intend to use the funds for.  Successful applicants will be required to write a short report on their use of the funds and the benefits they get from the travel/project. The Santander schemes attract high levels of interest: consequently, this is a competitive process where applications will be measured against success in articulating responses to the criteria above. The final outcomes will be determined by a panel of senior academics.

If you have any questions, you can find Keele's Santander Universities Branch contact information HERE


Here at the KPA, we understand that it can be pretty challenging to support yourself financially from government loans and part time income. There is a range of alternative support available to you if you are a PGR or PGT student.

Take a look at the guide below on "alternative funding" as this contains information on over 500 sources of funding for postgraduate study that you can apply for!

If you would like further support, get in touch with Keele careers, who can provide tailored advice on PG funding. Book in a session or drop them an email: 


Here you'll find a few additional sources of funding that you can explore to see if they can be of help to you! 


  1. Office for Students Funded Scholarship for the MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

  2. The Keele Key Fund invests annually in creative, innovative and extraordinary projects that will have an immediate impact on the campus, enhance the student experience, and have a positive impact on the student community. Projects have included Mental Health First Aid training, sports equipment, ACeD Bursaries and Live Age.

  3. Alternatively, refer to the Turn2us website, a charity dedicated to finding financial support and grants for those who are eligible.

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