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How can I fund my postgraduate degree?

We list below the sources of funding for students joining the Department in September 2020.  However, it is also possible to self-fund your postgraduate study, and you may find helpful suggestions on our Life without full funding page.

MA Funding

MA Scholarships 2020/21 - competition now closed for 2020/21 applicants

Scholarship applications have now CLOSED for MA students joining the Department of English and Related Literature in September 2020. 

The first-prize scholarship comprises a full fee waiver at the Home/EU rate (£8,040)

There are seven runner-up scholarships to the value of £1,000 each. 

This funding competition is open to all MA applicants (Home/EU and Overseas) who have applied for one of the following English and Related Literature MA programmes by 5pm on Friday 1 May 2020

Scholarship Application

If you would like to be considered for an MA Scholarship, you need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to by the same deadline, 5pm on Friday 1 May 2020

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholarly merit and the competition is open to UK, EU and Overseas students starting one of the MA programmes listed above at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Our academic assessors will consider both your original application and the supplementary scholarship form when making their decision on recipients of the scholarships.

Only candidates who have submitted the Scholarship Application Form (below) will be considered.

Application for the MA Scholarships 2020/2021 (MS Word , 25kb)

Award of a scholarship will be dependent on the candidate having been accepted for a qualifying MA (see above) and having met any conditions set by the University of York. If an incoming student gains both full MA funding from outside the Department and the full internal scholarship they will be expected to take up the external funding and relinquish the internal scholarship so it can be reallocated to another student by the Department.

MA Bursaries for Overseas Students 

We are pleased to consider all Overseas students for bursary awards of £1,000. The awards recognise the academic excellence of exceptional applicants and will be awarded based on your academic record, with other performance indicators in your MA application also taken into consideration.

There is no application form required for this bursary. All eligible candidates will be considered automatically.

To be eligible you must:

  • Pay fees at the overseas rate for your MA at York
  • Study on one of our nine MA programmes (see the list above)
  • Start either part-time or full-time in September 2020
  • Complete the Autumn 2020 term of study

Please note that the award is payable at the beginning of your second term of study as an Overseas (non-UK/EU) student taking an MA with the Department of English and Related Literature. 

Overseas Bursaries will be paid at the beginning of Spring Term 2021. This means that they are not paid automatically at the start of your MA but rather after one term’s completed study. 

Overseas students are encouraged to also apply for our MA Scholarships (listed above).

UK Government postgraduate loan scheme

If you are beginning a Masters programme from September 2020 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £11,222.  Please see the University's Postgraduate study page for further information.

Masters fee discount for York Graduates

If you have completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10 per cent Masters fee discount

English and Related Literature Bursary (UK/EU/Overseas)

The Department of English and Related Literature will offer a bursary of 5% of the discounted taught Masters tuition fee to alumni who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the Department for the following programmes in 2020/21:

Wellcome studentships for MA in Medical Humanities and History

MA in Medical History and Humanities has been awarded Wellcome Trust Masters Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science. The Masters Programme Awards in Humanities and Social Science scheme supports Masters programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health. 

One studentship is being offered for applicants commencing their studies in Autumn 2020. If you have applied to the MA in Medical History and Humanities by Friday 1 May 2020, you will automatically be considered for the studentship.

Scholarships for International Students

New scholarships for international taught students 

The University has launched a new scholarship scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate taught international students. Up to 90 scholarships will be available each year. Find full details about the new Academic Excellence and Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships via the funding for international students web page.

Doctoral Funding

WRoCAH funding for PhD studentships - competition now closed for 2020/21 entrants

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  

WRoCAH has around 50 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition. 

  • Of these we expect the majority to be student-led project applications
  • At least 15% of the awards made will be Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) where a student works closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout their PhD. Project areas are already defined for these, and are advertised here.

Students can make only one application for funding through the open competition, for either a student-led or a collaborative project. 

The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website. Please read the details very carefully, as the application process may vary for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards with an earlier deadline for expressions of interest.

To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme in the Department.  

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities - competition now closed for 2020/21 entrants

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships fund doctoral research in three disciplines: History, Literature and Languages.

The Wolfson Foundation awards funding to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. There are at least three scholarships available for 2020/21 with at least one in each of the areas of History, Literature and Languages.
Each scholarship offers £29,500 each year (over three years) and covers:
  • tuition fees (at home/EU or international rate)
  • a maintenance stipend of around £20,000 per year
  • some research and training costs.

Please see the University Postgraduate funding page for full details.

Acton-Goodman Scholarship 2020-21 - competition now closed for 2020/21 entrants

Thanks to a generous gift from the Acton Society Trust there are two scholarships available for students applying to study a PhD degree for 2020/21 entry.

Each of the two scholarships will offer:

  • tuition fees (at home rate)
  • a maintenance stipend of around £15,000 per year
  • a £2,000 per annum allowance for research, training and conference attendance costs
  • a £5,000 transitional allowance following completion of the degree

One of the scholarships will be located at the Morrell Centre for Toleration within the Law School and one of the scholarships is open to students in any discipline. It is anticipated that both scholarship-holders will be studying in an area of relevant to the interests and work of the Acton Society Trust and Ted Goodman, and that both will play an active role in the Morrell Centre for Toleration.

Please see the University's Postgraduate funding page for full details.