Funding Postgraduate Study through Charity

By Lucy Atkinson.

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Charitable funding for postgraduate
study is an often untapped source.

It's a shame that more students don't apply to charities to fund their studies – it's a vital but neglected source which is sorely needed by students facing spiralling fees and maintenance costs. 

I'd advise any graduate thinking of studying at postgraduate level to strongly consider following your plan and dream. If money is the only barrier, it can be alleviated with determination and perseverance. Charity funding might seem a bit 'old fashioned' and obscure, but it’s also an incredible source, and too often overlooked by students.

I'm a PhD student from the University of Northampton. Shortly after being accepted for my course, I began researching for awards and funding.

To date, I've won eight awards and ended up gaining around £6,000 for the first year of my PhD.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a social enterprise which is all about helping students gain funding from obscure charity sources.

The director of the Alternative Guide enterprise, Luke Blaxill funded his entire PhD through these odd charities and was featured in the Guardian as 'the student who got £40,000' a couple of years ago.

The Alternative Guide is a blueprint for success in the area of charitable funding for postgraduate study – giving you the advice, tools, and guidance that you need to tread this more unusual path to funding, and even uncover others of your own!

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