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Postgraduates forced to fight for funding

Published: Friday, 31 August 2007   Category: Public sector

Funding for Postgraduates looking to conduct further study in arts and humanities is "extremely competitive", a experts warned.

According to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), due to the number of high quality applicants many of the students accepted are of the highest quality, often holding excellent undergraduate degrees.

Explaining that the council will take all possible criteria into account when making decisions, a spokesman for the AHRC said: "Our postgraduate schemes are extremely competitive and a high proportion of awards are granted to students holding a first class honours degree"

He added: "However, for the AHRC for the postgraduate competition in 2006 we had 5,839 applications for postgraduate funding of which 1,487 awards were made. So there is only a 25 per cent chance of getting an award as the competition is so strong."

Recently, the Economic and Social Research Council urged finance graduates to consider applying for Masters degrees, as it would offer a significant boost in earnings.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18264203-ADNFCR

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