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    Just so we don't clog up other threads, thought we could have a funding based moans/questions/despair/rant/possibly happy? thread

    I'll start - the AHRC funding or lack of is causing me sleepless nights For something like my research area, unless I hop over into an English department somewhere, I'm severely limited to where I can apply (and with other factors like location, supervisor) to the extent that it's really 8 places with 2 being 2 of the best universities in the world.


    Also for those not in the know, some suitable wiki links:

    Funding in general: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...graduate_Study
    Funding in the Arts: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...ng_in_the_Arts
    Funding in the Social Sciences: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...ocial_Sciences
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    I just don't understand the funding system really at all. Is there anywhere else to apply other than the AHRC?
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    I just don't understand the funding system really at all. Is there anywhere else to apply other than the AHRC?
    What subject and MA/MSc or PhD? As that will determine your options

    The AHRC and ESRC overlap somewhat but the ESRC has 1+3 schemes or 3+ schemes where you need a suitable Master's course that is recognised by them.
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    Good idea for a thread, apotoftea
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    Become a scientist More funding
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    I hate the bloody AHRC :mad: The new funding system means that I can't apply to my fave UK courses coz they have absolutely no money to offer me :sigh:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH :mad:

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I hate the bloody AHRC :mad: The new funding system means that I can't apply to my fave UK courses coz they have absolutely no money to offer me :sigh:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH :mad:

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    Isn't it possible to apply for individual AHRC studentships at those institutions which don't have any scholarships under the BGP scheme?
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    (Original post by King_Duncan)
    Isn't it possible to apply for individual AHRC studentships at those institutions which don't have any scholarships under the BGP scheme?
    The info I read on the website says you can't if the institution has any BGP funding (both Goldsmiths and Liverpool do, they just don't give it to the MMus/MA Music courses in my particular year). Hence why I can't apply to the places I want to :cry:
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    (Original post by apotoftea)
    What subject and MA/MSc or PhD? As that will determine your options

    The AHRC and ESRC overlap somewhat but the ESRC has 1+3 schemes or 3+ schemes where you need a suitable Master's course that is recognised by them.
    It's an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. I don't think the funding options are so good
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    My biggest concern about the BGP scheme is that smaller and lower ranked universities that aren't funded by it will inevitably suffer.

    Exceptional graduates may think twice about studying at a university that doesn't offer funding for their course, even if these institutions might have the best specialists for their fields.
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    (Original post by tigermoth99)
    My biggest concern about the BGP scheme is that smaller and lower ranked universities that aren't funded by it will inevitably suffer.

    Exceptional graduates may think twice about studying at a university that doesn't offer funding for their course, even if these institutions might have the best specialists for their fields.
    That's exactly what's happened with me :sadnod:

    This thread is so bad for me. I can tell I'm gonna be constantly whinging
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    That's exactly what's happened with me :sadnod:

    This thread is so bad for me. I can tell I'm gonna be constantly whinging
    Whinge away! It sounds pretty crappy :sad:
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    It's an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. I don't think the funding options are so good
    Are you applying to Cambridge? Don't they offer AHRC funding for your subject area?

    (Have a look, also, at this)
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    Whinge away! It sounds pretty crappy
    It is quite crappy :sadnod: It's just so irritating when you find the perfect course and then you can't apply... :cry:
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    (Original post by tigermoth99)
    Are you applying to Cambridge? Don't they offer AHRC funding for your subject area?

    (Have a look, also, at this)
    :zomg: How have I never seen that? I have been looking, honest! I kept only finding other sources of funding for overseas students. They do offer AHRC funding, but I've been trying to find other schemes and suchlike to apply for as I guess it's pretty limited ...

    Thanks so much, VERY helpful
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    Glad I could help
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    It is quite crappy :sadnod: It's just so irritating when you find the perfect course and then you can't apply... :cry:
    Indeed it can be. But if it's a course you want to do, you could also look at alternative ways of funding (such as Professional and Career Development Loans, AHRC's open competition etc)

    Then there's studying it part time as a last resort
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    (Original post by tigermoth99)
    Indeed it can be. But if it's a course you want to do, you could also look at alternative ways of funding (such as Professional and Career Development Loans, AHRC's open competition etc)

    Then there's studying it part time as a last resort
    I'd rather just choose other courses rather than getting into extra debt or doing things part time. Whilst it's seriously annoying, it is only one year and then hopefully I can get onto the PhD courses I want :yes: My PhD will take forever, hence the unwillingness to do anything part time :p:
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    (Original post by Jelkin)
    :zomg: How have I never seen that?
    That website only went up very, very recently. In the beginning of October they had mentioned a new scholarship scheme (CHESS), but now they seem to have decided to do away with the European Trust and have combined their efforts. This at least gives British nationals another last ditch hope for funding. However, in practice, it would appear that there are very few full studentships on offer.
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    (Original post by poi12)
    That website only went up very, very recently. In the beginning of October they had mentioned a new scholarship scheme (CHESS), but now they seem to have decided to do away with the European Trust and have combined their efforts. This at least gives British nationals another last ditch hope for funding. However, in practice, it would appear that there are very few full studentships on offer.
    Ugh, I know - I just wish it weren't so expensive ... I think I'm very unlikely to get funding!

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