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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.

Departmental PhD Studentship Award for October 2022 entry

Please note that this scholarship will be confirmed for October 2022 entry shortly. Please check back.


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

The award includes the cost of tuition fees (UK (home) and an annual stipend (£15,609 in 2021-22) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.The scholarship holder 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 2021 and be eligible to pay UK (home) fee rates in order be considered for a Departmental PhD Award.

How to apply:

  1. Prospective applicants should review the list of project outlines offered by supervisors within the department and identify the study that is most closely aligned with your research interests. Applications from candidates with high quality research proposals on other research topics with any member of staff in the Department of Education will also be considered.
  2. Submit an application for the relevant PhD programme offered by the Department (PhD in Applied Linguistics, PhD in Education, or PhD in TESOL) which should include a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words in length before the deadline of 7 May 2021.
  3. Email a covering letter to, before the deadline of 7 May 2021, stating the following information:
    • name of proposed supervisor
    • title of project outline your study is most closely aligned to
    • research centre

Applicants who already hold an offer from the Department of Education for entry in October 2021 may submit an application for a scholarship by following step 3, attaching a new or revised research proposal, by the deadline.

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. Candidates shortlisted for the Departmental PhD Scholarship will be invited to interview during the week commencing 14th June 2021.

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Scholarships for October 2022 entry

Applications for 2022/23 studentships are now open.

The Department of Education at the University of York invites Home/EU/International 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 5pm on 26 January 2022. Details regarding WRDTP ESRC PhD studentships and the online application are available at:

We expect successful applicants will be informed at the end of April 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

Chinese Scholarships Council (CSC)

The University is offering up to 10 joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). 

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.

Click here for more information on eligibilty and how to apply. 



Please note that scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and the selection takes into account academic ability and financial need.



Other Scholarships

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

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