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    (Original post by apotoftea)
    I think it covers the full cost of the fees (unless the university pay the difference which I doubt). I've not had the Registry chasing me to pay the difference...
    Thanks for your quick reply. Just confused by this I suppose:

    http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportu...dMarch2012.pdf

    I am so grateful for the funding (and have been over the moon for weeks) but my course fees are around £8000 so obviously if the funding didn't cover them all I'd need to budget for that... I *really* hope it does (as I have other postgrad plans to save for etc) but I will still love them forever even if it doesn't. Does anyone know what the £3628 or £3828 bit refers to if not the amount they'll pay towards fees?
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    (Original post by Pherenike)
    Thanks for your quick reply. Just confused by this I suppose:

    http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportu...dMarch2012.pdf

    I am so grateful for the funding (and have been over the moon for weeks) but my course fees are around £8000 so obviously if the funding didn't cover them all I'd need to budget for that... I *really* hope it does (as I have other postgrad plans to save for etc) but I will still love them forever even if it doesn't. Does anyone know what the £3628 or £3828 bit refers to if not the amount they'll pay towards fees?
    Oh. I'm not sure with regards to fees being that high! Might be worth an email to double check
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    (Original post by Pherenike)
    Thanks for your quick reply. Just confused by this I suppose:

    http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportu...dMarch2012.pdf

    I am so grateful for the funding (and have been over the moon for weeks) but my course fees are around £8000 so obviously if the funding didn't cover them all I'd need to budget for that... I *really* hope it does (as I have other postgrad plans to save for etc) but I will still love them forever even if it doesn't. Does anyone know what the £3628 or £3828 bit refers to if not the amount they'll pay towards fees?
    The email I received about my funding says:
    The MA fees will be much higher than the AHRC fee element of the award, but students are NOT expected to pay the difference – the department will cover this.
    So it seems as though it is down to the uni to decide whether they will cover the difference - or it could be standard practice. I agree with apotoftea that you should contact your uni to make sure - hope you get good news!
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    Hello,

    I'm in my second year of university and really want to do a post grad in something related to politics or politics in a particular part of the world. My main issue like hundreds of other posts is funding. How do I secure funding, I don't want to ask my parents as it's a bit unfair on them and I know that they will give me the money, but I want to be independent and do this by myself. So where do I begin, is there something like SFE available, or do I take a loan out, just really where do I start? Also when will I have to apply for universities (I graduate in 2013)? Is it this September?

    On a broader note, I'm currently doing a degree in English and Politics, if I had to convert my degree into law so I could become a solicitor, how would I do this?

    Thank you in advance and any help at all will be greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by eff01)
    Hello,

    I'm in my second year of university and really want to do a post grad in something related to politics or politics in a particular part of the world. My main issue like hundreds of other posts is funding. How do I secure funding, I don't want to ask my parents as it's a bit unfair on them and I know that they will give me the money, but I want to be independent and do this by myself. So where do I begin, is there something like SFE available, or do I take a loan out, just really where do I start? Also when will I have to apply for universities (I graduate in 2013)? Is it this September?

    On a broader note, I'm currently doing a degree in English and Politics, if I had to convert my degree into law so I could become a solicitor, how would I do this?

    Thank you in advance and any help at all will be greatly appreciated.
    In order to do law in England you will have to take the Graduate Diploma in Law (the law conversion course). You can do this at the College of Law (different locations), BPP Law School, and a handful of other universities. It takes one year. After that, if you wish to practice law you need to take either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Vocational Course, lasting one year. It is extremely expensive, and the best way to do it is to get a training contract with a law firm, who will pay your fees for each part of the course. But these are very competitive and so you would need to start looking for summer vacation schemes (like work experience), and getting involved in law related activities asap.

    As for the question of Masters funding: this is virtually non-existent (certainly for home and EU students at most universities) in politics. What most people end up doing is working through their undergrad to save the tuition money (like I did) and then working through your Masters year to pay your living costs (like I did), or borrow the money from a bank with a Career Development Loan. This is a loan of up to £10,000. The government pays the interest on the loan for you while you are studying, and you get a one month grace period after graduating. After that month, however, regardless of whether or not you have a job, you have to start repaying the loan at the rate you originally agreed with the bank.

    There may be some scholarships that you might be eligible for, but these will obviously be individual to each institution.

    I hope this info helps a little bit.
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    I got this book, and applied to loads of places, but unfortunately didn't get any support from any of the organisations. It is worth a try though.

    If your course is BACP accredited, you could also apply for this.

    The uni/SU/postgraduate association may also have funds available - I have got £100 to pay for a workshop relevant to my dissertation, which I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise.
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    Hey guys,

    I applied for ESRC funding through the North West Doctoral Training Centre. According to their list of dates and deadlines, successful and reserve candidates should have heard by 25th April.

    I've heard nothing. I'm guessing this means I wasn't successful - they say nothing about notifying unsuccessful candidates by a particular date. Has anybody else applied through this DTC and heard either way? I need to start applying for jobs if I haven't got funding, but I'm clinging to the desperate hope that I have.
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    (Original post by balletomane)
    Hey guys,

    I applied for ESRC funding through the North West Doctoral Training Centre. According to their list of dates and deadlines, successful and reserve candidates should have heard by 25th April.

    I've heard nothing. I'm guessing this means I wasn't successful - they say nothing about notifying unsuccessful candidates by a particular date. Has anybody else applied through this DTC and heard either way? I need to start applying for jobs if I haven't got funding, but I'm clinging to the desperate hope that I have.

    Perhaps send them an e-mail?
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    (Original post by balletomane)
    Hey guys,

    I applied for ESRC funding through the North West Doctoral Training Centre. According to their list of dates and deadlines, successful and reserve candidates should have heard by 25th April.

    I've heard nothing. I'm guessing this means I wasn't successful - they say nothing about notifying unsuccessful candidates by a particular date. Has anybody else applied through this DTC and heard either way? I need to start applying for jobs if I haven't got funding, but I'm clinging to the desperate hope that I have.
    This happened to me last year when I applied for ESRC funding at Manchester. I hadn't heard anything by a week after the deadline so I emailed them to ask, and it was only then that they told me I was unsuccessful.
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    I was resisting the urge to get in touch with them as I didn't want to seem pushy, but I think ten days is enough to wait. I've sent them an e-mail.

    My proposal is being considered for internal funding as well, so if I don't get the ESRC funding I still have a chance, although it's low. Now to wait in patience and try not to get swamped by the sense of my own ineptitude. :/
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    Right.. I wonder if anybody can help. I am applying for a CDL and will send my application off in June.

    I will automatically get a post grad scholarship from my uni because I am alumni so this will redyce my £3400 fees for the 2 years to £2400. I hope to apply for another bursary of £500.

    My problem is the application form for the CDL, what's the best way to put my outgoings? I hope to be able to work part time. The course is part time. However, I don't work at present. Technically, I don't have to pay any bills as my partner will allow me to live rent and bill free save a few £50 every month now and again. I don't want to put my rent/bills down as £50 plus personal living expenses as this will look like I don't need the loan. Nor do I want to put what my share of the bills are in theory as this takes me over the 10k allowed amount when you include tuition fees.

    I live off £250 a month. That's my own personal expenditure including travel costs

    Any help gratefully received
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    Does anybody have a marie curie early stage researcher fellowship ?
    I'm interested to know if its taxed and by how much.
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    Hi everyone,

    Does anybody know whether universities award bursaries to cover travel cost for PhD students? Just curious to know about this.

    thanks
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    I've got a departmental studentship! (Conditional on not making a right mess of the rest of my MA.) I'm incredibly relieved.
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    Hi everyone!

    I'm going to confirm my unconditional offer at University of Manchester for the Msc in Aerospace Engineering!
    I have a lot of doubts about the possibilities of funding my Msc
    As far as I've understood, there are basically no funding possibilities for Postgrad. (for sure a lot less than for Undergr.). I've also talked with the uiniversity's funding office and they confirmed my fears.
    So basically:
    - there are no loans for postgraduates,
    - I can't access to their bursaries (those ones based on house income) since they're only for undergr.
    - there are no suitable scholarships published on their website (not for my field of study)
    - I cannot ask for an overdraft to my uk bank since I'm not a uk resident
    - the only good thing is that I can pay my fees in instalments without any interest
    - I cannot apply for any "external" scholarship (I mean from an external body or association, since it is too late)
    ...so basically the only opportunity could be asking a "personal" loan/lending to a bank (besides working of course)!

    Have you got any other option to suggest me?

    Thanks a lot and good luck
    Renzo
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    (Original post by sedo_5)
    Hi everyone!

    I'm going to confirm my unconditional offer at University of Manchester for the Msc in Aerospace Engineering!
    I have a lot of doubts about the possibilities of funding my Msc
    As far as I've understood, there are basically no funding possibilities for Postgrad. (for sure a lot less than for Undergr.). I've also talked with the uiniversity's funding office and they confirmed my fears.
    So basically:
    - there are no loans for postgraduates,
    - I can't access to their bursaries (those ones based on house income) since they're only for undergr.
    - there are no suitable scholarships published on their website (not for my field of study)
    - I cannot ask for an overdraft to my uk bank since I'm not a uk resident
    - the only good thing is that I can pay my fees in instalments without any interest
    - I cannot apply for any "external" scholarship (I mean from an external body or association, since it is too late)
    ...so basically the only opportunity could be asking a "personal" loan/lending to a bank (besides working of course)!

    Have you got any other option to suggest me?

    Thanks a lot and good luck
    Renzo
    Have a look at this book. It is expensive, but lists everywhere that you can apply to for funding.
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    Hello again.

    i don't know if I'm becoming unnecessarily paranoid but I've had to do absolutely nothing in terms of filling in Je-S forms for my AHRC PPM Studentship beginning 2012/13.

    Should I be worried? Does the RO do most/all of this? Or is there always some student input? I'm finding general information VERY hard to come by.

    I know the obvious answer is check with the institution, but I don't want to flood them with emails, so just wanted to know if there was anyone out there in a similar position!

    Cheers

    EDIT: In terms of correspondence with the RO - I had confirmation of my nomination on 20 April, when I was told I don't need to do anything yet, but nothing since. As it's June now I'm a tad nervous.
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    (Original post by ~ Purple Rose ~)
    Have a look at this book. It is expensive, but lists everywhere that you can apply to for funding.
    I don't want to sound rude, but I have no time (and even less money) to buy and read an expensive book like this, especially without knowing its real worth.
    I would like at least to know if, more or less, what I've written is correct...then, if I'd like to search further for any possible source of funding, then I'm sure I will give that book a try for sure!

    Thanks a lot for your answer anyway
    Renzo
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    (Original post by Pherenike)
    Hello again.

    i don't know if I'm becoming unnecessarily paranoid but I've had to do absolutely nothing in terms of filling in Je-S forms for my AHRC PPM Studentship beginning 2012/13.

    Should I be worried? Does the RO do most/all of this? Or is there always some student input? I'm finding general information VERY hard to come by.

    I know the obvious answer is check with the institution, but I don't want to flood them with emails, so just wanted to know if there was anyone out there in a similar position!

    Cheers

    EDIT: In terms of correspondence with the RO - I had confirmation of my nomination on 20 April, when I was told I don't need to do anything yet, but nothing since. As it's June now I'm a tad nervous.
    I am in the exact same boat, so hope that it's fine! I was told my uni would fill in the form and that I probably wouldn't hear anything for a while. They said that the AHRC have to confirm nominations (I think this happens in August) but that they had never had a nomination refused.
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    Is it common for MA funding forms to be the same as PhD funding forms?

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