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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.

MA students

Department of History MA Scholarships

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

The following scholarships are available to MA students commencing their studies in Autumn 2021:

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 and International (including EU) 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 student and is open to Home and International (including EU) students who have applied to study on one of the Department of History’s MA programmes (please see the list further down this web page). Priority is given to students working in the area of French or Enlightenment History, but if a suitable candidate cannot be found within this area then the criteria will be widened to include European history.

Departmental Scholarships

The Department of History is pleased to offer two partial fee waivers, each worth £1,250. These are open to applicants to any of the Department of History MA programmes (please see the list further down this web page), to include Home and International / EU students, studying either on a full-time or part-time basis.

To be considered for one or all of the scholarships above, you should have completed both of the following actions by 5.00pm (BST) on Monday 3 May 2021:

  1. Applied online to one of the Department of History Taught MA programmes or applied to the Department of History MA by Research.
  2. Submitted a google application form to the Department of History, explaining the reasons you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Applications for MA scholarships will be judged on

  • Evidence of academic merit and
  • The specific or additional criteria for individual scholarships set out above.

Any queries can be emailed to caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk.

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

Department of History MA programmes


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

Information on funding availability for applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2021 will be provided in due course.


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

On similar lines to the WRoCAH funding, scholarships 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 2021:

  •  +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 Master’s programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements.

You should have applied online to a relevant PhD programme before applying for a White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship; find out more about the PhD in History. If you intend to apply for a 1+3 award, you should also apply online to the MA Social Research as well as a relevant PhD programme.

You are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department of History prior to submitting an application; email addresses are available on the Academic and Teaching Staff webpage.

Further information about the scholarships, including the scholarship application form, is available on the White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship webpage.

The closing date for all White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship applications is 5.00pm (GMT) on Wednesday 27 January 2021

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)

Two of the pathway awards are ring-fenced for Black British applicants; further information including guidance on applying can be found on the WR DTP Stuart Hall Foundation webpage.

Queries relating to the application process for these scholarships can be directed to Caroline Edwards in the first instance.


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.

PhD students

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.

Information on funding availability for applicants intending to commence their studies in Autumn 2021 will be provided in due course.


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.

To be eligible for a studentship, the proposed research should fall within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and the Guidance Notes for Applicants are available from the WRoCAH website. If you are interested in applying, you are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department of History. Email addresses are available on the Academic and Teaching Staff webpage

You must have already applied to a relevant PhD programme before applying for a WRoCAH studentship. Find out more about the PhD in History at the University of York.

The final closing deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 27th January 2021.

Please email Caroline Edwards if you have any queries about the application process. Caroline can also provide a detailed Department step-by-step guide to applying for a WRoCAH studentship.


Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) PhD Studentships

A range of PhD Studentships are available for students intending to commence their studies in October 2021. The Department of History is the designated home department for the following studentships:

PhD Studentship in Statistics, Computing and Environmental Knowledge in the 20th Century

This PhD studentship explores the contributions to environmental knowledge and innovations in farming made by applied scientists based at agricultural research stations in Britain and its colonies between 1920 and 1970. Statistics and computing became key tools for the study of ecology during the course of the 20th century and this project will unpack the motives for developing these tools and the assumptions that underpinned their use. You will be based in the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) at the University of York, supervised by leading experts in this field, Sabine Clarke and Calvin Dytham.

PhD Studentship in Sensory environments c1500 - c1950

This PhD studentship explores the relation between historical contexts and the creation of knowledge in textual, visual, and recorded media linked to the environment and biodiversity. Despite the recent development of sensory studies and sensory history, we know relatively little about the varying ways in which the senses have been trained, focused and used to fashion environmental knowledge, and about the ways in which sensory repertoires vary between cultures and over time. Through developing case studies this project will address these gaps. You will be based in the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) at the University of York, supervised by leading experts in perceptions of past environments (Mark Jenner), olfaction research (Asifa Majid) and human-animal relationships (Amanda Rees).

PhD Studentship in Environmental Knowledge
which enables you to submit your own research proposal:

An opportunity is available to submit your own research proposal for a fully funded PhD studentship that fits within the theme of Environmental Knowledge, and complements other LCAB predefined projects. The LCAB welcome applicants who share their vision and wish to undertake innovative and exciting research as part of the LCAB community.

It is important to identify a suitable academic to help develop your research proposal before submission. As LCAB is interdisciplinary, the academic can be from any relevant department, including the Department of History. Please contact the LCAB Administrator for guidance on suitable project ideas and to put you in touch with an appropriate potential supervisor. More information on the academic staff in the Department of History can be found on the Academic and Teaching staff page.

More information about these and other LCAB studentships, including details of how to apply, is available on the LCAB Recruitment Microsite.

The LCAB studentships cover UK fees for 4 years and a tax-free stipend to match the UKRI's minimum rate for 2021/22 (estimated £15,860 per year) for 3.5 years. Non-UK citizens are welcome to apply but must pay the difference between the international and the UK fee rate themselves. Find out more about fees.

The closing date for all PhD studentships is Monday 11 January 2021.


Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

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

More information, including the online application form, is available on the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships webpage.

The Wolfson Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and applicants should ideally aspire to an academic career. To be eligible, applicants should have:

  • Applied for, and ideally be in receipt of, an offer to study on a PhD programme, either full-time or part-time, in a relevant department. Find out more about the PhD in History
  • ‘An outstanding academic record’, usually including a first-class honours degree and a Masters in an appropriate discipline, completed before commencing the PhD.

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.

Queries about the application process can be directed to caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk in the first instance.


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

On similar lines to the WRoCAH funding, scholarships 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 2021:

  •  +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 Master’s programme precedes the three-year PhD which will deliver the core social sciences research methods training requirements.

You should have applied online to a relevant PhD programme before applying for a White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship; find out more about the PhD in History. If you intend to apply for a 1+3 award, you should also apply online to the MA Social Research as well as a relevant PhD programme.

You are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department of History prior to submitting an application; email addresses are available on the Academic and Teaching Staff webpage.

Further information about the scholarships, including the scholarship application form, is available on the White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship webpage.

The closing date for all White Rose Social Sciences DTP scholarship applications is 5.00pm (GMT) on Wednesday 27 January 2021

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)

Two of the pathway awards are ring-fenced for Black British applicants; further information including guidance on applying can be found on the WR DTP Stuart Hall Foundation webpage.

Queries relating to the application process for these scholarships can be directed to Caroline Edwards in the first instance.


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 Dr. Natasha Glaisyer, Chair of the Graduate School Board, in the first instance.

Overseas students

Country-specific information

Find out about entry requirements, funding opportunities and forthcoming visits to your country on the University's International Students country pages. Here, students and graduates have also shared their experiences of studying and living in York.


York Graduate Research School scholarships for international research students

These prestigious scholarships normally offer the following for each successful year of the enrolment period:

  • a full fee waiver
  • a stipend commensurate with the UKRI rate 
  • a research training support grant (RTSG).

Scholarships are 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.

To be considered for the York Graduate Research School Scholarships (YGRS), you should:

  • be liable to pay fees at the international rate
  • plan to commence your doctoral studies in the 2021/22 academic year
  • apply online to the PhD in History programme by 29 January 2021Find out more about the PhD in History programme.
    • When applying to the PhD in History programme, select the 'UoY Overseas Research Scholarship' option from the dropdown menu when asked how you intend to finance your studies.
    • If you have already applied to the PhD in History programme, but wish to be considered for the York Graduate Research School Scholarships, please contact Caroline Edwards indicating your interest in the scholarships.

Find out more about the YGRS scholarships.

Deadline: Friday 29 January 2021


University Scholarships for International Postgraduate Taught students

These prestigious scholarships recognise academic excellence by offering a tuition fee discount. The scholarships are open to international students (including EU students) applying for full-time postgraduate taught programmes commencing Autumn 2021.

Find out more about History Taught MA Programmes

The scholarships comprise:

Be Exceptional Scholarships, which offer a tuition fee discount ranging from £2,500 to £7,500.

There are two rounds:

Round 1: opens 11 January 2021, deadline for applications, Monday 22 March 2021.

Round 2: opens Monday 12 April 2021, deadline for applications, Monday 21 June 2021.

More information, including details of how to apply is available on the Be Exceptional Scholarships webpage.

Vice Chancellor's Scholarships are reserved for particularly high-achieving applicants. Each award is worth a fee waiver of £10,000.

You will automatically be considered for a Vice Chancellor Scholarship when you apply for one of the Be Exceptional Scholarships.

Closing date: Monday 22 March 2021.

GREAT Scholarships are available to students from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2021.

More information, including details of how to apply, can be found on the GREAT Scholarships webpage. Applications open 1 February 2021.


China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

The Chinese Scholarships Council (CSC) offers research scholarships for students applying to study at the University of York and is now open for applications.

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.

To be considered for a scholarship, you should have applied to a relevant PhD programme to commence in Autumn 2021, and hold an appropriate offer to study, by Monday 8 February 2021. Find out more about the PhD in History programme.

  • When applying to the PhD in History programme, please select the ‘Chinese Scholarship Council – UoY PhD programme’ option from the dropdown menu when asked how you intend to finance your studies.
  • If you have already applied to the PhD in History programme, but wish to be considered for these scholarships, please contact Caroline Edwards indicating your interest in these awards.

Further information is available on the China Scholarships Council webpage and it is essential you read this in full before applying.


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: