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Research Councils UK Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2017


Research Councils UK (RCUK) has announced doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2017.

  • National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553
  • Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2017/18 is £4,195

The minimum stipend will increase in line with the GDP deflator and this remains the start-point for determining minimum stipend levels and this gives the national minimum doctoral stipend for 2017/18 as £14,553.

The indicative fee level for 2017/18 will increase in line with the GDP deflator and this gives £4,195. For planning purposes, research organisations should note that whilst the GDP deflator remains the basis for determining indicative fee levels, it will remain under review.

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Further information

Update on the RCUK Statement on international collaboration post EU referendum of 6 July 2016: RCUK EU students are presently eligible for funding under Research Council support for postgraduate training. EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year, or who have been (or will be) recruited through open competition for starting in the 2017/18 academic year, and will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses. Future funding arrangements and immigration status for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.

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