I am currently in the process of applying for stage 2 and would like to address a specific question on the online application form. As an individual holding a valid student visa until January 2024, I have encountered the following inquiry:
“Are you currently receiving money from an official financial sponsor or have you received money from an official financial sponsor in the last 12 months?”
The term “official sponsor” is defined as follows:
“Examples of an official financial sponsor include the UK Government or your home government, a university, or an international company or organization. Examples of support may include a scholarship, internship, fellowship, or training program.”
In my particular case, my Ph.D. studies receive partial funding from my current university in the UK. They contribute £3000 towards my tuition fees and also cover my living expenses. I have received an installment within the past year. My question pertains to whether this arrangement qualifies as an official financial sponsorship. I have received conflicting advice on this matter, with some affirming its status as an official financial sponsorship, while others argue against it. Consequently, I find myself in a state of confusion.
Furthermore, if I were to answer “yes” to the aforementioned question, I would be required to provide:
"A letter from my current or previous official financial sponsor confirming their permission for me to continue my studies in the UK. "
Regrettably, my university is unfamiliar with this document, as they lack experience with the Graduate Route (GTV).
I kindly request assistance in clarifying this matter.