Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding provides advice and information for prospective and current graduate students about applying for alternative sources of funding, particularly from charities and trusts.

The University has subscribed to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 16-17 PDF publication, which all applicants and current students can download below. The document is password protected so please follow the instructions below to request the password and access the document.

This guide 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.

In order to access the PDF guide please do the following:

  1. Email us at – please state whether you are an applicant or current student (and ID number), what course you are on or applying to and also your college. Please note, the password is for the downloadable PDF guide only and not for the gateway found on the GradFunding website.
  2. Download The Alternative Guide (PDF, 4104KB) and enter the password you received when prompted.

The Guide was written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 500 links to voluntary sector funding sources.