In addition to employer sponsorship, hundreds of charities, foundations and trusts offer some funding for study. Many of these awards only offer small amounts rather than full support.
The types of funding available include scholarships, bursaries, grants and studentships.
Publications giving information on these types of funding can be found our Useful funding publications section.
Some employers offer sponsorship for postgraduate training or may offer financial assistance to help an employee undertake a career development programme.
Sponsorship funding normally covers tuition fees but does not normally cover any maintenance allowance.
Applicants for sponsorship should contact their personnel department or line manager to see whether sponsorship is an option.
Some employers also place conditions on sponsorship, so it’s a good idea to discuss what happens after the employee completes of the degree programme. For instance, some companies may require the employee to sign a contract agreeing to work for the company for a set period following graduation.
This article was published on May 4, 2010