Scholarship awards for students in Education

Scholarship awards available to students applying to study for an MA or PhD degree at the University of York's Department of Education are listed below. You should note that these are highly competitive and only a small minority of applicants will be successful in gaining one of these awards.

The Postgraduate Funding guide for UK/EU students covers MA and PhD funding opportunities and includes links to internal and external information and advice about where to source funding.

Fees information for research students.

Departmental PhD Studentship Award for October 2019 entry

The Department of Education at the University of York is offering one PhD Scholarship Award to candidates wishing to study in one of the Departmental research groups:

The award includes the cost of tuition fees (Home/EU) and an annual stipend (£14,777 in 2018-19) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Students will also have access to a research training support grant of up to £750 per annum.

Applicants must be able to commence full-time study in October 2019 and be eligible to pay Home/EU fees in order be considered for a Departmental PhD Award.

Successful applicants will be asked, as part of the award, to make a contribution to departmental activities, e.g., teaching, research, citizenship or mentoring, equating to five hours per week during term time (some of the work however may occur outside term time).

How to apply

The deadline for this years applications has now passed.

Applicants can expect to hear whether they have been offered a place on the PhD programme initially and the outcome of their application to the Departmental PhD Award will be communicated separately.

BERA Doctoral Fellowship commencing within 2019/20

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a membership association committed to advancing knowledge of education by sustaining a strong and high quality educational research community. The BERA Early Career Researcher’s Network aims to offer support to students, postgraduate and early career researchers.

BERA invites applications for two doctoral fellowships for students commencing their studies at a UK institution within the 2019/20 academic year (commencing no later than June 2020).  One fellowship may normally be awarded for an EdD pathway and one for a PhD pathway. The Fellowships will be for up to 3 years whole time equivalent (WTE) and may also be taken up on a part time basis.


You can choose between applying for funding in either of the following ways:

  1. Maintenance stipend of £5,000 per year (for part-time students, the annual stipend rate is paid at 50% of the full-time rate up to a total of £15,000 over the course of the programme of study);
  2. University tuition fees: Covered by BERA up to £5,000 per year

You will also receive a yearly concessionary place to the annual BERA Conference with some additional support for travel and/or accommodation and membership of BERA for the duration of the award.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must have qualifications/experience equal to the standard of a good honours degree at a first or second class level from a UK academic research organisation, and normally a masters degree.
  • Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
  • You must have been accepted by a UK higher education institution to carry out an EdD or PhD pathway and your application must be supported by your prospective supervisor(s).
  • You must be a fully paid up member of BERA.

In addition to the eligibility criteria above the following residential conditions must also be satisfied:

  • You must have settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay;
  • You must have been an ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the fellowship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) during this period.

Application Process

Award Open for Applications: Friday February 8, 2019

Award Applications Close: 12pm May 16, 2019

Judging Period and Interviews of selected candidates: June-July 2019

Winner announced and fellowship commences: August 2019

Further information of the BERA Doctoral Fellowship including assessement criteria and dissemination and conditions.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship Award for October 2019 entry

The Department of Education at the University of York invites Home/EU students to apply for a White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) ESRC PhD studentship.  There are two types of award available:

  • 1+3 programme:  this award funds a Masters in Social Research followed by a PhD programme; or
  • +3 programme:  this award funds a PhD programme only.

In order to be considered for an ESRC studentship you need to have:

  1. Applied to the department for a place on our PhD programme using the university’s online application form: This will involve including a research proposal about 1,500 words in length outlining your proposed research study.  We offer three PhD programmes: a PhD in Education; a PhD in TESOL; and a PhD in Applied Linguistics. Please make sure you indicate which of these three PhD programmes you are applying for.  We have particular research strengths in our four research centres: the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG); the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ); the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU); and the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC). Applicants must locate their proposed research study in one of these four research centres.
  2. 1+3 awards only: applied for a place on the MA in Social Research.
  3. Completed the WRDTP ESRC PhD Studentship Application by 23 January 2019. Details regarding WRDTP ESRC PhD studentships and the online application are available at:

In order to be eligible for consideration for an ESRC PhD studentship award, you need to have received the offer of a PhD place with us by 23 January 2019. As such, you are advised to submit an application for a place on our PhD programme no later than 11 January 2019 and at the same time inform Professor Leah Roberts (Director for Research Degrees) that you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship.

We expect successful applicants will be informed at the end of April 2019 if the department is able to nominate them for an ESRC studentship.

Please note that applicants wishing to apply for a +3 WRDTP ESRC PhD studentship need to have completed a masters degree that contains research training in social science research methodology (e.g. covering research design, data collection, data analysis, ethics, qualitative and quantitative approaches) that the ESRC requires as an adequate preparation for a +3 ESRC PhD studentship. We expect that most masters degrees in social science research methodology will be acceptable, but final decision on whether your masters degree is adequate will rest with the ESRC if/when you are nominated by the university for an award. In this regard, you might care to note that the the WRDTP offers a high quality masters programme in social research that has been developed to align with these ESRC expectations; please see the following webpage for further information:

University Scholarships for International Students

There are three types of scholarships available to students paying fees at the overseas rate.  Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and the selection takes into account academic ability and financial need. Further particulars about the conditions of the awards and the application process are available from the International Office.

Chevening/University of York Partnership Award (for students from China)

We're pleased to offer up to two joint-funded Masters scholarships ( in collaboration with Chevening.
If you wish to be considered for this award you should select York as your first preference in your Chevening application (

Other Scholarships

Details of other sources of funding can be found at the Student Recruitment and Admissions website.