The University allocates more than £8m each year in doctoral funding, including PhD studentships. A studentship is usually a package that provides full funding for tuition fees and living costs.
If you've previously completed a degree with us, you’ll automatically receive our alumni discount (£1,500 off the cost of your tuition fees).
The University's Graduate School holds information about studentships and other funding available for postgraduate study.
Available studentships include the University of Reading Regional PhD Bursary and the Wilkie Calvert Co-Supported PhD Studentship.
The University offers a number of funding opportunities if you are applying from outside the UK.
We suggest that you consider funding sources in your own country as well to increase your chances of securing finance.
SPEIR PhD Development Fund
All currently enrolled PhD Economics candidates, including distance, can apply to the SPEIR PhD Development Fund, except those who have already notified an intention to submit their thesis.
Applications should be made by e-mail to your supervisor and the PGR Director (students) and PGR Director (admissions), who will make a joint decision on whether the Fund can be used to cover some or all the proposed expenditure.
The justification of the expenditure should be based on at least one of two grounds:
- Improving the quality of the PhD thesis or the timeliness of its completion
- Improving PhD-level career prospects, normally in terms of chances of success in the academic job market.
As the fund is limited it is therefore unlikely that a candidate would have more than one large expenditure approved per year, and not normally more than three during their studies.
What types of expenditure can the Fund normally be used for?
- Academic journal submission fees
- Registering and attending a conference/workshop, where you have been invited to present your work, representing the University of Reading and Department of Economics
- Training needs which cannot reasonably be provided by resources at the University of Reading, free online resources or self-study.