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Funding opportunities for postgraduate history at York

The Department of History is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible to support postgraduate study. In all cases, applicants will be expected to apply for a place to study at York before applying for specific funding opportunities. Full guidance and support will be provided by the Department.

Thanks to the considerable generosity of the University's donors, the Department is able to offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate students each year.

This year, various scholarships are available to MA students commencing their studies in Autumn 2020.

The funding is open to all students (Home and EU and International) who have applied to one of the Department of History’s MA programmes by Friday 1 May 2020.

Applications for the MA scholarships will be judged on the following criteria:

  • evidence of academic merit
  • evidence of potential, and interest, in continuing to study for a PhD in the future
  • evidence of commitment to continuing that study at the University of York.

Please note that the scholarships listed below have their own additional / more specific criteria.

There is no requirement to apply separately for the awards. If you have applied to one of the MA programmes in the Department of History by the Friday 1 May 2020, you will automatically be considered. The eventual award of the scholarship is of course dependent on being accepted for the course of study for which you have applied, as well as the successful outcome of current studies or examination results.

Please note that only students who have been successful will be notified directly. If you have not heard by 30 June 2020, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Further queries can be directed to Caroline Edwards or Kirsty Hanson.

The University expresses its gratitude to the following donors for providing funding for MA students: Simon Hamill, the Hampson family, the Jarvis family and Francis McCormack.

Further information on the MA Scholarships provided is below:

The Alcuin Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of History alumnus Simon Hamill, the Department is able to award the Alcuin Scholarship. This is an annual award of £3,600 towards tuition fees for a full-time student taking the MA in Medieval History, and is open to Home, EU or International students. Find out more information about the MA in Medieval History.

The Hampson Scholarship

The Hampson Scholarship was set up in memory of Professor Norman Hampson (1922 to 2011), a historian of the French Revolution and Professor in the Department of History from 1974 to 1989. The Scholarship was established as a result of generous donations from Professor Hampson’s daughters, Françoise and Michele. The Scholarship provides an annual stipend of £3,000 to a full-time Home/EU student who has applied to study on one of the Department of History’s MA programmes. Priority is given to students working in the area of French and/or Enlightenment History but if a suitable candidate cannot be found within this area, then the criteria will be widened to include European history.

The McCormack Scholarship

The Department is grateful to History alumnus Francis McCormack for establishing the McCormack Scholarship. This is an award of a fee waiver at the Home and EU rate and open to any Home and EU or International student who has applied to study on one of the Department’s MA programmes.

Wellcome Trust studentships for the MA in Medical History and Humanities

The 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 Masters programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health.

The Department is offering one studentship for applicants commencing their studies in Autumn 2020.

The studentship is open to all full-time students who have applied to the MA in Medical History and Humanities by 11.59pm on Friday 1 May 2020. All applications will be assessed for academic rigor and ambition. The candidate’s plans to use the MA to prepare for PhD research, or a career in health-related humanities or social science research, will also be taken into account.

The studentship provides:

  • fees at the Home / EU rate
  • a stipend of £15,000 for the 1-year programme of study
  • a contribution to travel and other research costs.

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. (There is no requirement to apply separately).

Queries can be directed to Caroline Edwards or Kirsty Hanson

Find out more information on the MA in Medical History and Humanities page.

The successful candidate will be notified directly, via email, by approximately early June 2020. Only applicants who have been successful will be notified directly. If you have not heard by 30 June 2020, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Tom and Eileen House Scholarships

The Scholarships are open to applicants who:

  • hold an offer to study a full-time taught MA commencing 2020/21
  • are eligible to pay fees at the Home and EU rate
  • are permanently resident in the UK or EU
  • meet one of the following widening participation criteria:
    • you have been in Local Authority Care or supported by the Foyer Federation
    • you have been in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance
    • you have been in receipt of the Maximum Maintenance Loan, or Maximum Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant
    • you were the first in your family to attend higher education (not including siblings) on entry to undergraduate study
    • you were from a Low Participation Neighbourhood on entry to undergraduate study
    • you are on a low income.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found at Tom and Eileen House Scholarship

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 June 2020, 11.59pm

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2020

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships

On similar lines to the WRoCAH funding, studentships are offered by the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership but with a focus on social and economic history and other aspects of historical research that align with the social sciences e.g. history that employs social science techniques.

There are two types of award, available to students commencing their studies in Autumn 2020:

  •  +3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that the applicant has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training)
  •  1+3 programme: an integrated Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements. If you are applying for a 1+3 award then you will also be required to apply online to the MA Social Research.

Find out more about the studentships

You can choose to be considered for a pathway award or an advanced quantitative methods award (AQM)

The University of York offers White Rose DTP Pathway Awards in the following seven Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL) 
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ) 
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY) 
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT) 
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC) 
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP) 
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

Find out more about the Pathway Awards

  • WRDTP Pathway & Interdisciplinary Awards
  • WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards

Please do not apply directly to the WRDTP.

The final closing deadline for all applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

UK Government postgraduate loan scheme

The UK Government provides loans for Masters students of up to £11,222. More information on this scheme.

Funding is available to both full-time and part-time MA students.

The Department of History part-time MA programmes are studied over two years which means that it has the average intensity of 50 per cent of a full-time course. This makes our part-time MA eligible for the Government loan scheme for taught MA programmes (according to the current guidance).

Masters fee discount for York graduates

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

Funding for current students

Current students are eligible to apply for the James Jarvis Memorial Bursary, which provides bursaries to support living costs and research expenses.

UK Government Doctoral Loan Scheme

If you are commencing a PhD in Autumn 2020 you can apply for up to £26,445 over the duration of the course.

  • The funding is available in all subject areas for PhD-level qualifications lasting between three and eight years. This includes the University of York PhD in History programme.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in England or Wales.
  • At least 50 per cent of study over the whole course must be undertaken in the UK.
  • The funding is open to applicants aged under 60 on the first day of their course without Research Council studentships (including fees only awards) or NHS Bursaries including Social Work bursaries.

Find out more and apply.

We expect details of this loan scheme for 2020/21 entry to be confirmed in March 2020.


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH normally has around 50 AHRC studentships that are awarded through open competition for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

There are normally two competitions:

1.    Student-led project applications: if you are interested in submitting a student-led project application, you are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department. Staff contact details are available on the Academic and Teaching Staff webpage

2. Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs), where you work closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout your PhD. Project areas are already defined for these awards.

Please note that, for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships you must have already applied for a relevant PhD programme. Find out more about the PhD in History at the University of York

Find out more about WRoCAH AHRC studentships.

Please contact kirsty.hanson@york.ac.uk or caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk with any queries.

Find out more about Brexit and the implications for studying in the UK.

This funding stream is closed to applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2020. Information on funding availability in future years will be provided in due course.


Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the University of York hosts Wolfson Scholarships in the disciplines of History, Languages and Literature.

More information is available on the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships webpage.

Each scholarship normally offers covers the following for the 3-year registration period:

  • tuition fees (at home or overseas rate)
  • a maintenance stipend
  • a contribution to research and training costs.

In order to be eligible, aplicants normally:

  • have applied for, and ideally be in receipt of, an offer of a place on a PhD programme in the relevant department
  • have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing the PhD
  • have completed a masters level qualification before commencing the PhD.

Find out more about the PhD in History at the University of York.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor in the Department of History. Staff contact details are available on the Academic and Teaching Staff webpage.

Please contact kirsty.hanson@york.ac.uk or caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk with any queries.

This funding stream is closed to applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2020. Information on funding availability in future years will be provided in due course.


White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2020

On similar lines to the WRoCAH funding, studentships are offered by the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership but with a focus on social and economic history and other aspects of historical research that align with the social sciences e.g. history that employs social science techniques.

There are usually two types of award, available to new students:

  •  +3 programme: funding for a three-year PhD (assumes that the applicant has already met the majority of the core social sciences research methods training requirements and that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training)
  •  1+3 programme: an integrated Masters programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements. If you are applying for a 1+3 award then you will also be required to apply online to the MA Social Research.

Find out more about the studentships.

You can choose to be considered for a pathway award or an advanced quantitative methods award (AQM).

The University of York offers White Rose DTP Pathway Awards in the following seven Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL) 
2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ) 
3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY) 
4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT) 
5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC) 
6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP) 
7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD).

Find out more about the Pathway Awards

  • WRDTP Pathway and Interdisciplinary Awards
  • WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Awards

Please do not apply directly to the WRDTP.

This funding stream is closed to applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2020. Information on funding availability in future years will be provided in due course.


The Wellcome Trust - Research Awards for Health Professionals

The Department of History, which has a wide range of expertise in Medical History and Humanities, welcomes applications to The Wellcome Trust scheme, Research Awards for Health Professionals. For details, please see the Wellcome Trust website. Please contact Professor Miles Taylor, Chair of the Graduate School Board, in the first instance.

Academic Excellence scholarships

These prestigious scholarships recognise academic excellence by offering a tuition fee discount. The scholarships are open to international students applying for full-time postgraduate taught programmes and comprise the following awards:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarships, which offer a tuition fee discount; the size of the discount depends on the nationality and country of residence. These scholarships are open to high ability students from any non-EU country.
  • Vice Chancellor's Scholarships, these are reserved for particularly high-achieving applicants.

For the full eligibility criteria and information on the funding available, please see the Academic Excellence scholarships webpage.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 30 May 2020, 11.59pm BST.


China Scholarships Council PhD Studentships

The Chinese Scholarships Council normally offers research scholarships for students applying to study at the University of York.

Each scholarship normally covers:

  • full tuition fees for the duration of the CSC funding period which is typically three years
  • a grant for living costs
  • one return flight from China
  • UK visa fees.

Please see the China Scholarships Council webpage for more information.

This funding stream is closed to applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2020. Information on funding availability in future years will be provided in due course.


York Graduate Research School scholarships for international research students

These prestigious scholarships normally offer:

  • a full fee waiver
  • a stipend commensurate with the UKRI rate for each year of successful study (valid for three years or the duration of the student’s enrolment period)
  • a research training support grant (RTSG).

 Scholarships are normally assessed on the following criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • how the research project fits with the department’s research or international strategy
  • how the research project fits with the University’s research or international strategy.

You must have already applied for a relevant PhD programme. Find out more about our History PhD programme.

Find out more about the YGRS scholarships.

This funding stream is closed to applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2020. Information on funding availability in future years will be provided in due course.


Chevening Scholarships

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

The University of York is a Chevening partner. Find more information on the eligibility of courses or find a Chevening course

More information about the timeline is available on the Chevening webpages


Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries. Check if your country is eligible.

Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), these scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study.

Find out more and apply.


Opportunities for US citizens

Information on further funding opportunities for US citizens is provided below.

Marshall Partnership Scholarship scheme

These prestigious scholarships for US citizens are for graduate study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at specific UK universities, including the University of York.

Each award is for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded, a York Marshall Partnership Scholarship candidate would be expected to study at the University of York. Full information on the application process can be accessed via the Marshall website.

Fulbright Awards

One Fulbright-University of York Award will be offered to pursue a one-year Masters degree programme (or the first year of a longer Masters or PhD programme) in any discipline at the University of York. These are open to US citizens resident anywhere except the UK who hold or expect to receive a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent professional training or experience) in a relevant area before departure to the UK. Find out more about the Fulbright Award.


Other funding opportunities

Available in hard copy from the University Careers Service: