Residential Eligibility Guidelines for UKRI Funded Studentships
Please note this guidance includes those Students who have been, or will be, recruited to start in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years.

Established UK residency The legal basis for defining residence eligibility for postgraduate training awards is set down in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if:

  • The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long they can stay, and;

  • has been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the Studentship grant, and;

  • has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
There are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments.

Please refer to the UKRI Training Grant Guidance annex B for full eligibility terms. (PDF)