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Payments to the student

Maintenance Allowance 2020/21 2021/22
Outside London £15,285 pa £15,609 pa
Within London £17,285 pa £17,609 pa
Industrial CASE* outside London £16,285 pa £16,609 pa
Industrial CASE* within London £18,285 pa £18,609 pa

*Industrial CASE & Industrial CASE-Plus also receive an additional £615 pa

Payments to the Institution (directly funded)

  2020/21 2021/22
Maximum Tuition fees £4,407 pa £4,500 pa
Research Training Support Grant £1,000 pa £1,000 pa
Conference fees & UK fieldwork £230 pa £230 pa

Arrangements for payments to students who hold studentships under doctoral training grants will be agreed between the student and the Research Organisation.

Payments made to the Research Organisation on behalf of all students on Training Grants cover the following:

  1. Stipend (excluding fees only students)
  2. Approved fees
  3. Research Training Support Grant
  4. Conference and UK fieldwork element
  5. Fieldwork expenses
  6. Long Term Attachments
  7. Other Allowances (where applicable)

Industrial CASE & Industrial CASE-Plus awards

Non-academic partner contributions

The non-academic partner is required to make a financial contribution to both the student and the project. It must include:

  • an annual contribution to the academic Research Organisation towards the cost of the project: £1,400 (n.a. for SMEs)
  • all additional expenses, such as the cost of travel and accommodation incurred as a direct result of attendance at the premises of the non-academic partner
  • an annual contribution to the student: minimum £2,760 (n.a. for SMEs)

For Industrial CASE-Plus the non-academic partner will pay 50% of the student's salary in the additional year; STFC will contribute the remaining 50%, up to a maximum of £14,250.

Withdrawal of the company

In the event of a non-academic partner withdrawing from the Industrial CASE arrangement, STFC will continue to pay the Industrial CASE addition of £615 pa to the student.

Disabled students’ allowance (DSA)

Disabled students who because of disability incur additional expenditure in connection with undertaking a PhD training programme, may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Disabled students who have been recruited to fill STFC funded PhDs should contact the disability adviser or named contact on disability matters at their Research Organisation for guidance and advice. Additional support may include funds for specialist equipment, non-medical assistance and general disabled students' allowances. Full guidance and claim forms can be found on the DSA web page. Research Councils do not have set rates for DSA. However, Research Organisations' Disability Support Advisers and others may find it useful to refer to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) guidance on DSA as an indicator of the likely levels of funds a disabled student may require. The level of funds awarded will reflect the support the student needs to undertake a PhD training programme.


Last updated: 07 May 2021


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