Frequently Asked Questions

How much is my Research Council funding award for?

Basic stipend amounts are confirmed each year for all the UK Research Councils by their governing body, Research Council UK (RCUK). Most awards will provide funding towards fees and an annual maintenance grant award.

How do I get paid?

Stipends are paid directly into your bank account in monthly in advance instalments.

To receive your stipend payment, you must have completed a FIN 41 form and submitted this to your School and the Finance Office. You should contact your School directly if you have not completed one of these forms.

I am disabled; will my Research Council support me?

UK Research Councils will support student with disabilities. In all cases relating to Disabled Students Allowance you should forward your query to the Disability Services team who will provide you with the relevant forms and can give you further advice about eligibility.

Can I take maternity/paternity leave?

Yes. Research Councils provide six months full pay maternity leave, and allow for another optional six months with no pay. They also allow for up to two weeks paternity leave. You will need to apply for a leave of absence for the period you want to be on maternity/paternity leave and provide a copy of the MATB1 certificate to accompany the application. For more details please refer to the RCUK training grant guidlines.

I need to take a leave of absence from my studies, what do I need to do?

RCUK does allow leave of absences to be taken from funded studies for medical and personal reasons, including maternity leave. 

Research Council students follow the same procedure as non Research Council funded students for applications for leave of absences.

Retrospective leave of absence requests will only be considered by UK Research Councils under exceptional circumstances.

I need an extension to the submission date of my thesis, what do I do?

Extensions to your normal period of registration should be discussed with your Supervisor as part of your annual progress review meeting. If you are in writing up status, an extension to the submission date of your thesis may be approved for personal or medical reasons. 

Research Council students follow the same procedure as non Research Council funded students for applications for extensions to their submission date. Notably, as RCUK funding only covers students when they are normally registered, you will not receive additional funding for an extension in your writing up period.

Retrospective extension requests will only be considered by the UK Research Councils under exceptional circumstances