Is this very recent? can you post a link? from York Uni website: European Union Nationals EPSRC/STFC PhD Studentships are also open to all EU nationals. For those resident in, or “connected” to, the UK, these studentships provide full funding of University fees and the stipend to cover living expenses. For other EU nationals, EPSRC’s current regulations require the studentships to be held on a fees-only basis (i.e. without a stipend). The Graduate Office estimated that your living costs would be about £9500 per year and would require evidence that you can cover this before your application can be processed.