Financial Support for Master's/PhD Applicants and Students

Funding is sometimes available to support students on both taught and research programmes during their period of study. Find below a list of potential sources of financial support.

Please note that the University also has a funding database which is updated regularly with further funding opportunities. The link to this database can be found here.

There is a further Scotland-wide database available here: Funding Scotland

Eligible self-funded international MLitt students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (residents of Scotland) – This is one of Scotland's principal funding schemes and can be helpful not only to new students but also to students returning to education after a long pause.


University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme (20% discount on fees for Aberdeen graduates)


University of Aberdeen Community Discount Scheme (20% discount on fees for residents of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Moray)


University of Aberdeen Support for Students Affected by the War in Ukraine (for postgraduate study)


University of Aberdeen Shining Lights Scholarship (for postgraduate applicants fleeing conflict and/or persecution)


Aberdeen International Master's Scholarship (open to self-funded international students; full list of eligible countries at the link)


British Federation of Women Graduates Award (open to women PhD students)


British Spanish Society Scholarships (open to UK and Spanish nationals)


Canadian Memorial Foundation Scholarship (Canadian nationals)


Canadian Scholarship Fund (Canadian students)


Carnegie PhD Scholarship (PhD scholarship for applicants with an undergraduate degree from a Scottish Institution)


Chevening Scholarships (see website for eligibility)


Commonwealth Scholarships (Master's/PhD applicants from Commonwealth countries)


Gilchrist Grants (full-time students at British University)


Graduate Women International Fellowships (female PhD candidates)


Marshall Scholarship (USA students)


McGlashan Charitable Trust (applicants under 30)


New King's Studentship (open to all PhD applicants)


Robert Nicol Trust Fellowship (students from or based in the Aberdeen region)


Saint Andrew's Scholarship for Study in the UK (students of Scottish descent residing or attending school within 250 miles of New York State)


Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (open to students from Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and the USA)


Stapley Trust (UK residents)


Stirlingshire Educational Trust (current/past residents of Stirlingshire)