Postgraduate research funding

These scholarships and studentships are available to postgraduate researchers in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

Your chosen course, level of study and other statuses may all affect your eligibility for the opportunities listed here.

China Scholarships Council Scholarship

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council.

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: Students from China
  • Number available: 10

Continuo Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship must provide accompaniment for Baroque Ensemble performances and other concerts as necessary.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Dixon Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Ken and Pat Dixon, for Masters candidates specialising in performance.

  • Funding: £5,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Holmes Scholarship

This award arises from a benefaction by Terry Holmes, for postgraduate students specialising in composition.

  • Funding: £1,500 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

International Liaison Assistant (China)

This post involves assisting the Postgraduate Administrator in communicating with Chinese applicants and agencies, making phone calls in Chinese, and acting as a point of contact for enquiries from prospective Chinese students.

  • Funding: £500
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Jazz Assistantship

The recipient of this assistantship will be required to help with the running of the Jazz Orchestra including their weekly rehearsals during semester time and any performances as necessary.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59am BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Nonhebel Scholarship

This scholarship is from an endowment initially funded by Mrs Peggy Nonhebel.

  • Funding: £2,130
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship

The Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship is for a PhD student. The scholarship provides a contribution towards fees equal to the full Home rate plus a contribution towards maintenance. The scholarship is for the duration of PhD registration (three years).

  • Funding: Home fees and stipend
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Saturday 1 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: International (including EU), International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

University of York Music Press (UYMP) Assistantship

UYMP publish and promote new and established composers with a range of aesthetic backgrounds. The UYMP Assistant will assist with all processes involved in music publishing.

  • Funding: £1,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59am BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

Vinson Scholarship

The Vinson Scholarship originates from a bequest made to the School of Arts and Creative Technologies.

  • Funding: £2,130 fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Saturday 1 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Vinson Sound Archives Assistantship

This post entails assisting with the University of York Sound Archives.

  • Funding: Hourly rate
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Wilfrid Mellers Gamelan Assistantship

The Mellers Assistantship originates from a covenant from Music at York's founder, Professor Wilfrid Mellers. This assistant supports the directing and administering of Gamelan Sekar Petak.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Concerts Box Office Assistantship

The Box Office is open on semester-time afternoons and concert evenings; the Box Office Assistants are also required to work occasional hours during the vacations, for example to set up new events on the box office system. The Box Office Assistants will be supported the Concerts General Assistant.

  • Funding: £2,700
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 2

Young Musicians Choral Assistantship

This assistant supports the School of Arts and Creative Technologies' choral ensembles through various administrative tasks.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Young Musicians Instrumental Assistantship

This assistant supports the departmental instrumental ensembles, instrumental programme and the Performance Supervisor.

  • Funding: £700
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Sunday 2 June 2024, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Commonwealth Scholarship

The University of York is a host university for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Various opportunities are available throughout the year. The majority of awards are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

  • Funding: various
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Open to: Students from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize and more (see eligibility)

EPSRC CDT in Process Industries: Net Zero (PINZ)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Process Industries: Net Zero (PINZ CDT) is a collaboration between the Process Intensification Group at Newcastle University and the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£19,237 for 2024/25 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Application deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 9am BST
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 3

John Monash Scholarship

The John Monash Scholarship provides yearly funding to outstanding postgraduate taught and research students from Australia.

  • Funding: $75,000 AUD for each year of study
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Application deadline: Saturday 20 July 2024, 5pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Australia
  • Number available: 10-20

Tan Kah Kee Scholarship

The Tan Kah Kee Scholarship offers postgraduate scholarships for Singapore citizens and permanent residents pursuing full-time PhD or Masters degrees.

  • Funding: $12,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Application deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 11.30am BST
  • Open to: Students from Singapore

Extracurricular funding

While not directly related to your studies, these opportunities can help you get the most from your time at York.

Lyons Celebration Award

The award is made to a current postgraduate student to support a performance inspired by Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms'.

  • Funding: £1,500
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Monday 28 October 2024, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

Terry Holmes Composer and Performer Award

This will be awarded both to a postgraduate composer and performer to collaborate in the making of a new piece for both a soloist and ensemble.

  • Funding: £3,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: School of Arts and Creative Technologies
  • Application deadline: Monday 28 October 2024, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 1

York Minster Choral Scholarships

York Minster offers Choral Scholarships to join their highly skilled and internationally renowned choir for 12 months. This year there are vacancies for Alto and Tenor scholarships.

  • Funding: £7,721.33
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Yorkshire Bach Choir

We are now accepting applications for our choral scholarship scheme for 2023/24. The 12-month scholarships will be open to all four voice parts.

  • Funding: £500 (to be paid in 2 instalments, one in December, one in June)
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Department: Any
  • Application deadline: Friday 15 November 2024, 12pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Previous funding opportunities

These opportunities are closed to applications. They may reopen in future years.

Further information