Finding the funding that's right for you

If you're not eligible for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loans Company, or would prefer to continue your studies without further borrowing, there are other funding options to consider. The information on this page will help you to find alternative sources of postgraduate funding. 


Charities, foundations and trusts

There are a large number of charities, foundations and trusts that offer funds to support postgraduate study. Comprehensive details of these organisations can be found in The Grants Register (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (published by the Directory of Social Change), both of which should be available in your university careers service or local library.

The key is to find those organisations that are relevant to you and/or your subject area. During your search you may wish to consider the following examples:

• Some funds may be available to you on the basis of your parents’ or partner’s occupations. If, for example, one of your parents or partner is a chemist or grocer, you may be able to access funding from the Leverhulme Foundation. Similarly, if you have a close family connection to the rail freight industry, the EWS Educational Fund may be able to help.
• Other organisations fund those who live in certain geographical areas. For example, the John Moran Educational Trust funds Liverpool residents and the Bridge Educational Trust offers funding for students from Dorset.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding was written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. Along with lots of useful hints and tips, the guide includes model applications and over 250 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is independently published by GradFunding. 

How to access The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding:

Swansea University has purchased a licence to the Guide, so you can access it for free.

Email and we will send you an email with instructions to get access to the Guide.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance provide loans, exclusively to students, to help pay for tuition fees and living costs while studying. We urge all students to read their Frequently Asked Questions before applying for finance, and must stress that they do expect immediate repayment (i.e. monthly repayments of the loan whilst you study, as opposed to re-paying the loan at the end of the course like you would do if you were funded by Student Finance). Their FAQ’s can be found here: Also, please pay attention to the interest rates you would be charged.

We have no affiliation with Future Finance or any commercial loan companies. However, we understand for some students this can be a suitable option to secure finances in order to progress with their studies.