Major corrections and no financial support! :-(


Hi J,

Have you done a search on the Alternative Guide to postgraduate funding?

Charity and foundation funding. You would need to register to do a search, but as you are already connected to a university this shouldn't be a problem to do.

You might be able to claim Carer's Allowance for looking after your mother.

You might be able to claim JSA, when doing the corrections. As long as you are job hunting, which you have been by what you mentioned.

If your status with the university is no longer a full-time student you might be able to claim council tax benefit due to low income (or no income) and no savings. But this depends on your situation and who else you live with.

Good luck.


Don't want to be rude but get a job? Lots of students have to juggle writing up without financial help.


If you have run out of money, the priority must be to start looking for work right now and attempt to get registered for Job Seekers Allowance.
That needs to be done right now because JSA might take some weeks to come through (6 weeks?)
For a quick job turnaround, I would advise you start phoning call centres today. You should be able to pick up something.
You will then need to fit your writeup around any job you get.
This isn't a great situation to be in but I can't see an alternative.

You need to cover bills and food in the meantime. The DWP should be able to help advise you. As far as I know there is help available for emergencies.

It's a real shame you weren't able to take up that job you were describing which was presumably a postdoc. It appears our backgrounds are very similar and this is an area I am also interested in. Hope you get things sorted out.


Hi J,
If I was in your shoes I would apply for JSA for the time being and housing benefit if I needed it, that's what it's there for.

I know of a funded PhD.student who had the 3-year stipend but was advised (by other students) to make the money last for at least four years. They claimed JSA, so it's not uncommon.


Hi there, please don't be too proud to apply for JSA - That's what it's there for.
I found myself out of work for the summer before starting my PhD and quite honestly JSA really helped while I was sorting myself out with some part-time shop work as a stop gap.

If you don't want to find a career type job while you're writing up, there are certainly other avenues to explore that you could do temporarily. Personally, I was looking for retail, bar work or something animal care related. The shop work came up and it felt like a very nice career break!


Currently doing my PhD with no financial support. I work full time and write at night and the weekend. I have a two year old also. It is pain for a short period of time and then you can go and get that job you want.


Hi Jamie_Wizard, happy new year and sorry to hear of your woes but chin up - you'll get through it! Best advice I can think of is get a job that isn't at all mentally taxing - even if its minimum wage - data entry, shop work, call centre, production line, cleaning... work enough hours to cover your expenses and spend the rest of the time (evenings, weekends - more if you can afford it/live on less money) working on your corrections.

Personally I find that when engaging in work that isn't mentally demanding my mind can work on other things - and when I return to my work I have actually made progress somehow even without directly working on it. You may even find that you are actually MORE productive this way than if you had funding to support you in these months and were focused entirely on the corrections.

If your optimal working hours are in the morning, then you may be able to find something on a zero hours contract that allows you do later shifts. I used to do 2pm till 10pm and spend mornings studying. I was highly productive back then!

Keep us posted on how it all goes,



Also - if you are doing something like a zero hours contract/agency work it will easy to drop it when something else comes along - something's bound to pop up in your department in the new year. And yes - defo agree - JSA will help ends meet in the meantime (and I think you can have it backdated it too, marvellously).

Best of luck

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Hi Jamie_Wizard, I'm really sorry to learn about your difficulties and hope you can find some reasonable work while you go through the corrections stage. Other posters have offered some very supportive and helpful advice. I'm actually in Bournemouth right at this moment tapping this message on my phone in my sister's spare bedroom so please excuse typos and punctuation. I'm visiting the UK not living here so my practical advice would be pretty limited i think. However , I do hope you can find suitable work and those corrections are less onerous in practice than they first appear.

When i first read my second examiners corrections they seemed significant and disheartening , but after a few days distance from them , well they are not as overwhelming they first seem. I'm wondering if this is how it will be with you. Once you have some work and are settled financially it might not take as long as you think to do them? Anyway best of luck with the financial situation and hope the new year is a happy and prosperous one which results in a great Phd. P.


I don't think it is particularly beneficial NOT to have a job while doing the corrections. I worked during writing up and doing corrections (and have three small children). Yes, it was hard sometimes but it also kept me focussed. If the job you had was too stressful then maybe look for something easy for these next few months. Good luck!

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Hope 2018 brings hope and a healthy income. Sorry to learn of how tough it is. Hoping your mother's health improves. I know it must be really difficult at the moment. You are so close to finishing. Wishing you some positive opportunities to come.


Congratulations on finishing the bulk of your corrections! That seems so quick. Just out of curiosity, do you now agree with what your supervisor (or was it one of the examiners?) who said that they could give you minor corrections but to allow you more time to do them (i.e., being kind) they'd call it major corrections? Apologies if I am confusing you with someone else.

All the best.