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Non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses in 2018/19 remain eligible for RCUK support


Research Councils UK welcomes today’s announcement by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson which confirms that non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses beginning in the academic year 2018/19 remain eligible for RCUK support.

Professor Philip Nelson, Chair of RCUK, said: “Supporting future researchers through the provision of Research Council studentships is not only essential for the development of the UK research base but also important for the Research Councils to be able to attract the most talented students. We are therefore extremely pleased that the Minister has provided early confirmation of the position for EU students starting courses in the academic year 2018/2019, as this will enable both students and higher education institutions to recruit for the next academic year with confidence. As we transition toward the creation of UKRI we need to ensure that UK science and innovation remains world leading and that we are able to recruit some of the best and brightest enabling us to maintain our competitive advantage. We will continue to work with government to provide clarity and assurance for the future.”

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 2017/18 academic year, or who have been (or will be) recruited through open competition for starting in the 2018/19 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 with the EU.

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Notes to editors

  1. The Government statement can be found here.

  2. See here for further information on RCUK studentships.

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