UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) typically increases its stipend and fee levels annually in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. The University of East Anglia always uses at least the minimum fee level recommended by UKRI when setting its Home tuition fees for postgraduate research. The UKRI minimum stipend level is frequently used as a guide by other studentship providers.


UKRI Studentship rates and minimum doctoral stipend

  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
National Minimum Doctoral Stipend £15,009 £15,285 £15,609
UK Research and Innovation's Indicative Fee Level £4,327 £4,407 £4,500


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 2020/21 is £15285.

The indicative fee level for 2020/21 will increase in line with the GDP deflator and this gives £4,407. 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. Up to date information can be found on the UKRI website.


Year Stipend Fees
2021/22 £15,609 £4,500
2020/21 £15,285 £4,407
2019/20 £15,009 £4,327
2018/19 £14,777 £4,260
2017/18 £14,553 £4,195
2016/17 £14,296 £4,121
2015/16 £14,057 £4,052
2014/15 £13,863 £3,996
2013/14 £13,726 £3,900
2012/13 £13,590 £3,828
2011/12 £13,590 £3,732


What is UKRI? - About UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has been created as a result of the 2017 Higher Education and Research Bill. UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. Research England is formed of the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the former HEFCE and its remit includes oversight of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Need more help with UKRI?

If you have any questions, please contact Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries on by email or call us on  +44 (0)1603 59 1709.

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