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 2018 entry

The Department of Education at the University of York is offering three PhD Scholarship Awards; one to be appointed within each of the following three Departmental research groups:

The award includes the cost of tuition fees (Home/EU rate) 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 2018 and be eligible to pay Home/EU fees in order to 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

  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. If applicants for the PhD in Applied Linguistics wish to have a lead supervisor in Language and Linguistic Science, they should apply for the PhD studentship in that Department. Thesis Advisory Panel members and 2nd supervisors can be from either Department. Applicants for the PhD in Applied Linguistics should nominate a lead supervisor in the Department of Education.
  2. Submit an application for one of the Department's three PhD programmes (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 1 March 2018.
  3. Email a covering letter to Professor Chris Kyriacou (, Director of Research Degrees, before the deadline of 1 March 2018, stating the following information:
    • name of proposed supervior
    • 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 2018 may submit an application for a scholarship by following step 3, attaching a new or revised research proposal, by the deadline of 1 March 2018.

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 in the week commencing 16 April 2018.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship Award for October 2018 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. 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. completed the WRDTP ESRC PhD Studentship Application by 24 January 2018. 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 24 January 2018. As such, you are advised to submit an application for a place on our PhD programme no later than 10 January 2018 and at the same time inform Professor Chris Kyriacou (Director for Research Degrees) that you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship.

We expect successful applicants will be informed in April 2018 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.

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