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Found a PhD but no funding so far.

Hi,

I have finished my masters and have come across a potential PhD project that I am really interested in (Medical Engineering). I am really fond of the supervisor (Prof), we get along quite well, so from the PhD sides of things, it's perfect for me. However, as there is no funding, I needed some advice. The project is in the MechEng UCL Dept.

I wanted to start my PhD as soon as possible, so was wondering how I could go about applying for funding? The project is being held for me until I find one so just wanted to know what to do. I may have missed deadlines, but does anyone know about/ link me to any possible opportunities I could go for? Or has anyone got experience in applying around this time and securing funding?

Thank you!
Original post by phdapplicant2019
Hi,

I have finished my masters and have come across a potential PhD project that I am really interested in (Medical Engineering). I am really fond of the supervisor (Prof), we get along quite well, so from the PhD sides of things, it's perfect for me. However, as there is no funding, I needed some advice. The project is in the MechEng UCL Dept.

Dont start an unfunded STEM project, thats an extremely bad way to go.

It costs about £100k + to get a PhD student through that process, significantly more if you start adding on important things like a bit of travel money for a conference (v useful for job hunting), lab kit and consumables etc. You need to look at scholarships from UCL (likely rare, hyper-competitive), ask if your supervisor has a grant bid in that might attract funding or hunt for funding from industry (CASE, iCASE) but unfortunatly most of these schemes will now be spent out for 2019 and looking at Oct 2020 starting students.

From experience, the likelyhood of a funding package for a 2019 PhD start appearing now is not entirely zero, but very very close to it I am afraid. I have only seen those appear when someone drops out just before they were meant to start. My advice would be to take a quick look to see if there is something available now, but most likely delay for a year and aim to secure proper funding from Oct 2020.

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