For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands.
To be eligible for a full award a student must have:
- Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
- Been‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
- Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
To be eligible for a fees only award:
- Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award.
To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.
Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.
Minimum qualifications and experience to undertake a research degree are detailed in the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
For some subject areas, there is also an expectation that an individual will have undertaken a Masters qualification before beginning a doctoral programme. However, ROs can use their discretion in deciding whether candidates are suitable for research training, making reference to any Council-specific expectations.
Research Councils will undertake periodic reviews of Research Organisations within the Funding Assurance Programme (FAP) programme to seek assurance that Training Grants are managed in accordance with the terms and conditions under which they are awarded. These include the condition that the use of funding to provide full awards or fees-only awards should be in accordance with student eligibility as defined by the Council.