Please find below links to a list of different sources of funding available to help meet the cost of fees and other expenses. (Please note that Imperial College London cannot be responsible for information provided on external websites).

Funding opportunities


British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation   
The British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation offers grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for postgraduate study or research, in any subject or field, at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. Students reading for part-time postgraduate degrees will be eligible from their third year onwards. Grants will not normally exceed £4,000. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and their academic calibre and all grants are offered on a needs basis.

Professional and Career Development Loans 
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying. 

Medical and healthcare

Royal College of Nursing 
A number of Scholarships and Awards are available for nurses, midwives and health visitors for study, research, travel and conferences.

Florence Nightingale Foundation 
The Foundation provides scholarships for nurses and midwives (who have a current registration with the NMC and are working in the UK) to study at home and abroad, to promote innovation in practice and extend knowledge and skills to meet changing needs. Research Scholarships are available to enable scholars to undertake a course in research methods, an evidence-based practice module/research-based component of a graduate programme, or a research dissertation.

The Worshipful Company of Curriers 
Provides an opportunity for primary healthcare professionals to enhance the healthcare of families and children in Inner London who, through socio-economic deprivation or other adverse social factors, are at high risk of physical and psychological illness. The Bursary provides funding for training courses and for pilot research projects.

Engineering and technology

The Royal Academy of Engineering 
The Academy runs a programme of grants and prizes to support and celebrate the pursuit of engineering activities and to enable closer contact between academia and industry. These schemes support engineering professionals, academics and students in numerous ways including study bursaries, business start-up funding, research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships, public engagement and prizes recognising significant feats of engineering. 

The Sainsbury Management Fellowship Scheme in the Life Sciences 
Is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, supports scientists of high career potential to undertake activities related to their Personal Development Plans, which may include: full and part-time short courses and distance learning packages relating either to technology or management, such as an MBA.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships 
These Fellowships help graduates and postgraduates who have had careers in science, engineering or technology (SET) return to similar employment after a career break. A ‘break’ of at least 2 years is normally required, but this may include part-time work aimed at trying to keep up to date. Candidates who take their career break directly after completing a PhD will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship. The Fellowships are intended to allow award holders to undertake a research project, relevant to present day needs in industry and academia, and to acquire professional skills and knowledge that will make the Fellow more employable in the future

Douglas Bomford Trust  
The Trust provides funding to enable competent individuals and organizations to pursue:

  • Education, training, research and knowledge transfer
  • Innovation and the application of science and technology with respect to the design, development, evaluation and construction of machines, systems and techniques
  • Travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge
  • The development and maintenance of professional competencies
  • The development or acquisition of new skills, techniques and capabilities

In the application of engineering and physical science to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and allied land-based and biological activities for the sustainable benefit of the environment and mankind.

The Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship  
Through the scholarship, Google aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.

Multiple scholarships are awarded annually based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients, selected from the finalists, will each receive a €5,000 (or equivalent) scholarship for the next academic year. Remaining finalists will receive €1,000 each.