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Doctoral Funding

Posted on 15 November 2011

Exciting new opportunities for funded doctoral research at York

The Department of History is delighted to announce two new funding opportunities for students wishing to study for a PhD in the Department. These awards are additional to the Department’s AHRC block grant allocation of up to four scholarships for doctoral research, the Department’s own Departmental Teaching Studentships and to the University’s provision of Overseas Research Scholarships.

The Wolfson Foundation has awarded the University of York three fully-funded PhD studentships in the areas of History, Literature and Languages. These will consist of an award of £25,000 per annum and will be offered for a maximum of three years. The award of £25,000 will include a fee waiver, contribution towards research, training and skills expenses, and a maintenance payment of at least £15,000 per annum for the award holder. Details are available on the University’s website at: 

"The studentship made it possible for me to come to York and not only study my chosen topic but also to experience English history, culture and scholarship in ways I never imagined possible." Angela Ranson, current teaching studentship holder.

The Department has also been successful in winning one of the University’s prestigious Teaching Studentships which provides a fee waiver at home fee rates and annual stipend of at least £5000.  This is the third successive year that the Department has succeeded in obtaining one of these studentships. Current studentship holder, Angela Ranson, who is working on a doctorate on the role of Bishop John Jewel in the English Reformation, says:

"The studentship made it possible for me to come to York and not only study my chosen topic but also to experience English history, culture and scholarship in ways I never imagined possible. It has offered me the chance to teach and learn in an incredibly stimulating, innovative educational environment. I will always be grateful to the Studentship program for making this possible."

For details, see:

Both awards are open to overseas students and we warmly welcome applications from them. The Department has an outstanding record of gaining funding for overseas students: two of the current University Teaching Studentship holders are overseas students, and we have obtained University ORS funding this year for a doctoral and an MA student. For more details of these awards see: