Minimum stipend and allowances
The table below provides students in receipt of an MRC award with some financial details of their award and other allowances they may be eligible for. The quoted figures show minimum stipend and allowances. Individual levels of support are determined by the research organisation.
Students supported by a full PhD award:
|Payment Type||Amounts per annum||Description|
|Indicative fee level||
2019/20 - £4,327
2020/21 - £4,407
|Sessional fees including tuition, supervision, registration and bench fees.4 Since 2011 this includes an uplift to support researcher development and transferable skills training sometimes referred to as ‘Robert’s Money’.|
|Research training and support grant (RTSG)||
2019/20 - £5,000
2020/21 - £5,000
|Contribution towards consumable costs of training research students.3|
|Travel & conference allowance||
2019/20 - £300
2020/21 - £300
|Contribution to the costs of attending scientific conferences, workshops or visits to collaborators.|
Students awarded a ‘fees only’ award are not eligible to receive a maintenance stipend.
All MRC PhD studentships should be allocated a minimum £5k MRC-funded RTSG per annum. Exceptionally, the research organisation may allocate a lower MRC-funded RTSG, where £5k per annum is in excess of individual project requirements (eg “dry-lab” based projects or where consumable funds have been leveraged from external sources). Research organisations are required to keep a record of such exceptional cases, which the MRC may request for monitoring purposes. MRC units and institutes should award a minimum of £1k RTSG per student.
College fees are not provided as a separate, additional fund and UKRI-approved tuition fees do not include payment for college membership costs. Research organisations may use the flexibility provided by the training grant to pay college fees, provided that (i) all other reasonable external sources of college fees have been exhausted; and (ii) the student benefits in terms relevant to their research training. Students should not be required to pay college fees from their stipend.
For industrial CASE studentships, the industrial company is expected to make a financial contribution to the cost of the studentship. See our page on industrial CASE studentships for details.