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Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Posted on 1 October 2012

The Wolfson Foundation is offering funding for three doctoral students in the humanities beginning October 2013

The Wolfson Foundation is offering funding for three doctoral students in the humanities at York, to support doctoral study for three years at the level of £26,000 each year for each student (or for up to six years part time pro rata), beginning with the academic year 2013-2014.

The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that was established in 1955, which aims to support excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and humanities.

Drawing upon its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation is continuing a programme of postgraduate scholarships in history, literature and languages, working with nine UK research universities, including the University of York. At York, one doctoral student will be funded in each of the three selected disciplines.

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at an undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research. Ideally, the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

While the scheme is eligible to all nationalities, the Foundation has a particular interest in supporting UK students.

Applying and further information

Deadlines for applications will be provided on the postgraduate section of the departmental website shortly. Candidates will be submitted by the individual universities rather than made directly to the Foundation.

Further queries about the scheme may be addressed to the Chair of the Graduate Board in History, Professor Guy Halsall, at


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