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.
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.
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.
The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 17.00 GMT on Wednesday, 29th January 2020.
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 four scholarships available for 2019/20 with at least one in each of the areas of History, Literature, and Languages.
Each scholarship offers £28,750 each year (over three years) and covers:
The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
Please see University's Postgraduate research funding page for further details.
Scholarship applications are now open 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:
If you would like to be considered for an MA Scholarship, you need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 you 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.
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.
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:
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).
If you are beginning a Masters programme from September 2019 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,609. Please see the University's Postgraduate study page for further information.
If you have completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount
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 2019/20:
MA in Medical History and Humanities has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Master’s Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science. The Master's Programme Awards in Humanities and Social Science scheme supports Master’s programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health. The award will support three studentships over the course of three years.
Information on how to apply for these awards will be released in due course. Find out more information on the MA in Medical History and Humanities.
New scholarships for international taught students
The University has launched a new scholarship scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate taught international students. From September 2019, 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.