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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 2021 entry

Please note that this scholarship is now closed for applications.


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.

University Scholarships for International Students

Please note that the below scholarships have now closed for applications for October 2021 entry. Information on scholarships for October 2022 entry will be posted in the Summer.

There are three types of scholarships available to students paying fees at the overseas rate; University, CSC, and ORS.  Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and the selection takes into account academic ability and financial need.

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships for October 2021/2 entry

100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is three years within the Department of Education; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees. The University is pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council. 

York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students (ORS) for October 2021/2 entry

£15,000 (approx) per year, plus fee waiver. Full funding for international students applying to study a PhD degree for October 2021/2 entry.

Further particulars about the conditions of the awards and the application process are available from the International Office.

Other Scholarships

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

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