The funding sources available for study on the PhD in Financial Computing depend on your nationality, country of residence, work or studying status in the UK and academic qualifications.
You can apply directly to the Centre for funding, or to the general scholarship funds of UCL or LSE. These are highly competitive and tend to be allocated early in the year.
Self-funding may also be an option for students of all nationalities.
Full scholarship funding covers living expenses support as well as tuition fees. This is available to students with UK nationality, and those from European Union countries who have studied or worked in the UK for more than 3 years.
Applicants from non-EU countries who have worked in the UK for more than 3 years and gained permanent residency are also eligible to apply for full scholarships.
Successful applicants typically have a first class masters degree with distinction or merit, or extensive relevant experience in the finance industry.
Further opportunities for funding are open to students in their own countries. Applicants should research all the alternatives available, as it is their own responsibility to establish a source of funding. The PhD Centre can approach banking partners for financial support for students, but in the current economic climate this is difficult to secure.
UK students can apply for a full scholarship, including tuition fees and living expenses for the four-year period of study.
The PhD Centre can provide fees for European Union (EU) students, or if they have been studying or working for 3 or more years prior to application, the Centre can provide a full scholarship.
The EU provides some grants to promote the exchange of students and academic staff within Europe, such as the SOCRATES and LEONARDO Programmes.
The European Commission(EC) also makes some awards to students from developing countries. www.findaphd.com/students/funding.asp
Contact the CEC office in your own country or write to the European Commission:Directorate General III, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
Some European countries provide scholarships for their citizens to study in the UK, please contact the educational authorities in your own country to see if they provide support. For example:
The German Academic Exchange Service may provide funding for German students. www.daad.deThe German Research Foundation is another very good source.www.dfg.de
UCL is part of the Santander Universities programme, which offers scholarships for students from Spain, Portugal and Latin America studying on Masters programmes and PhD student and staff research projects. The programme also sponsors the Abbey/1-UCL awards, acknowledging outstanding achievement and commitment by UCL students outside their studies.
The PhD Centre cannot provide scholarships for non-EU (foreign) students unless they have been working for 3 or more years in the UK prior to application, and have permanent residence status.
The first port of call for all foreign students should be grant-awarding bodies in their own country (e.g. The Ministry or Department of Education) and their local office of the British Council, who manage a small number of international scholarships and can advise on other awards available to you. The British Council also produces the ‘Sources of Funding for International Students’ guide.www.britishcouncil.org/science-sister.htm
JASON is a search engine useful for finding postgraduate scholarships available to Australian students.www.jason.edu.au
CAPES provides funding for university lecturers in Brazil, and where training is not available internationally. CNPq – The National Council for Scientific and Technological development is a foundation linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology to support Brazilian research.
Full scholarships are available via the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan, enabling Commonwealth students to study in other Commonwealth countries. Grants are for one to three years and usually cover the cost of travel, tuition fees and living expenses. In some cases, additional allowances may be available for help with books and clothes.
Residents of Commonwealth countries can also apply for British Chevening Scholarships, British Council Fellowship Programmes and Overseas Research Scholarships. www.cscuk.org.uk
For details, write to: Commonwealth Awards DivisionAssociation of Commonwealth UniversitiesJohn Foster House36 Gordon SquareLondon WC1H 0PF
+44 (0)20 7387 8572
Students in developing Commonwealth countries can apply for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme for UCL taught courses at postgraduate level. Preferred subjects are those relevant to the economic and social development of their own country.
For details, contact the British High Commission or British Council in your own country, or write to:
Department for International Development94 Victoria StreetLondonSW1E 5JL
+44 (0)20 7917 7000+44 (0)20 7917 0126
Students can apply to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC), for federally funded loans and Canada Study Grants for post-secondary education.
KC Wong Postgraduate Scholarship Loan Programme www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/
Colfuturo is a scholarship loan programme offering 50/50 scholarship loans of up to US$25,000 for Colombians to pursue graduate study abroad for up to two years.www.colfuturo.org
Egypt Missions Department Scholarships are offered by the Missions Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education to university academics to pursue doctoral programmes at UCL.www.scu.eun.eg
CONACyT-UCL Graduate Fellowships www.conacyt.mx
The Higher Education Commission is an excellent site detailing scholarships available to Pakistani students wishing to study abroad. Also try the Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship.
The Office of the Civil Service Commissioners OCSC is a body that provides funding for Thai students.www.ocsc.go.th
The Bank of Thailand can also fund certain students. www.bot.or.th
Fulbright Scholarships enable US graduates to study in the UK.
Write to:Graduate Students ProgramsInstitute of International Education (IIE)809 United Nations PlazaNew YorkNY 10017- 3580USA www.fulbright.co.uk
British Marshall Scholarships are for US citizens under 26 who are graduates of US universities, enabling them to study for a degree in the UK. Write to:
Marshall Aid Commemoration CommissionJohn Foster House36 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0PF+44 (0)20 7387 8572
Application forms are available from United States universities and colleges, British Consulates General in the United States, or:British Information Services845 Third AvenueNew YorkNY 10022USA www.marshallscholarship.org