Doctoral loan: eligibility – GOV.UK

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Your eligibility depends on:

  • Your course
  • your age
  • your nationality or residence status

You will not be able to obtain a postdoctoral doctoral loan if:

  • you have received or will receive funding from the Research Council (for example, scholarships, stipends, scholarships, and tuition assistance)
  • you already receive a social work grant
  • you are already receiving an educational psychology scholarship and your course starts on or after August 1, 2020
  • you are eligible to apply for an NHS scholarship (even if you do not receive it)
  • you are already receiving payments from Student Finance England for another course you are studying
  • you have already received a postdoctoral doctoral loan – unless you left your course due to illness, bereavement or other serious personal reason
  • you already have a doctorate or an equivalent or higher qualification
  • you receive a doctorate by publication
  • you are behind in repayments on any previous Student Loans Company loans

Your course

He must:

  • be a full, stand-alone doctoral course (not a complementary course)
  • started on or after August 1, 2018
  • last between 3 and 8 academic years
  • be provided by a university in the UK with research degree awarding powers

If more than one university is offering your course and one is abroad, you will still be eligible for the postdoctoral doctoral loan as long as:

  • the UK university is the lead institution
  • you spend at least 50% of your study time on the entire course in the UK

It can be:

  • full time or part time
  • taught or research-based, or a combination of both

The following are examples of postgraduate doctoral degrees:

  • PhD / DPhil (Doctorate in Philosophy)
  • EdD (Doctor of Education)
  • EngD (Doctor of Engineering)

Integrated doctorates

You can apply for a loan if your doctoral program includes an integrated master’s degree (even if you already have a master’s degree).

You must register for a full doctorate.

You will not be able to apply for a separate postgraduate master’s loan.

Distance learning

To qualify for a postdoctoral doctoral loan for distance education, you must reside in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course.

You will also have to live:

  • England for your entire course, if you are an EU citizen
  • the United Kingdom for your entire course, if you are not an EU citizen

This usually does not apply if you are:

  • serve in the armed forces
  • the spouse or civilian partner of a serving member
  • a dependent relative living with an active member of the armed forces

Your age

You must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course.

The academic year is a period of 12 months starting on:

  • September 1, if your course starts between August 1 and December 31
  • January 1, if your course starts between January 1 and March 31
  • April 1, if your course starts between April 1 and June 30
  • July 1, if your course starts between July 1 and July 31

Your nationality or residence status

You can apply for the postdoctoral doctoral loan if all of the following conditions are met:

  • you are a UK national or Irish citizen or have an established status under the EU settlement system or indefinite leave so that there is no restriction on the length of your stay
  • you normally live in England
  • you have lived in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Ireland for 3 consecutive years prior to the first day of your course, with the exception of temporary absences such as vacation

You may also be eligible if you are a UK national (or a family member of a UK national) who:

  • returned to the UK on or after January 1, 2018 and before December 31, 2020 after living in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • lived in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein on December 31, 2020 and lived in UK, EU, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for 3 year

If you are an EU national or a family member of an EU national

You may be eligible if you are an EU national or a family member of an EU national and all of the following apply:

  • you have an established or pre-established status under the EU settlement system (no restriction on the length of your stay)
  • you have normally lived in UK, Gibraltar, EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for the past 3 years (this is also known as ‘habitual resident’)
  • you will study at a university in England

You may also be eligible if you are:

  • the child of a Swiss national and you and your parent have settlement or pre-settlement status under the EU settlement system
  • a migrant worker from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, or a family member of a worker with established or pre-established status
  • a resident of Gibraltar who is a UK or EU national, or a family member

Student funding for nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein from August 2021

If you start a course on or after August 1, 2021, you must have established or pre-established status under the EU Settlement Program to obtain student funding.

You must have started living in the UK before December 31, 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline to apply was June 30, 2021 for most people. You can still apply if you have “reasonable grounds” for not being able to apply by the deadline – for example, you have been ill or have been the victim of domestic violence.

Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or enroll in the EU settlement program. They can apply to the EU’s settlement program if they wish – for example, addressing on behalf of a child.

If you have a different residence status

You may also be eligible if your residency status is one of the following:

  • refugee (including family members)
  • humanitarian protection (including family members)
  • child of a Turkish worker authorized to stay in the UK – you and your Turkish worker parent must have lived in the UK by December 31, 2020
  • a stateless person (including members of their family)
  • unaccompanied child was granted “section 67 leave” under the Dubs Amendment
  • a child who is in the care of a person on ‘section 67 leave’, who is also entitled to remain in the UK for the same period as the person responsible for him (known as the name of “online leave”)
  • granted “Calais permission” to stay
  • a child of someone who has been granted ‘Calais leave’ to stay, who is also allowed to stay in the UK for the same period as their parent (known as ‘online leave’)
  • you have obtained establishment status but not under the EU establishment system
  • you have been allowed to stay indefinitely because you have been a victim of domestic violence
  • you have been granted indefinite leave to remain as a bereaved partner
  • you are the family member of a person from Northern Ireland and you have a pre-established status under the EU Settlement Program

If you are a non-UK national and have lived in the UK for a number of years

You might also be eligible if you are not a UK national and you are:

  • under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life)

You must have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 consecutive years before the first day of your course.

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