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

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 2019. The scholarships comprise partial or full fee-waivers at the Home/EU rate.

The funding is open to all students (Home/EU and International) who have applied for one of the Department of History’s MA programmes by Friday 3 May 2019.

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.

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 Friday 3 May 2019, you will automatically be considered. Please note, though, that the scholarships listed below do have their own specific criteria.

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/examination results.

Please note that only students who have been successful will be notified directly. If you have not heard by 16 July 2019, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Further queries can be directed to our Departmental Manager, 
Caroline Edwards.

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 - 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/EU rate and open to any Home/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 Master’s programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health.

Two scholarships are available for students commencing their studies in Autumn 2019.

These are open to all students who have applied to the MA in Medical History and Humanities by Friday 3 May 2019. 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.

Each scholarship provides:

  • Fees at the Home/EU rate
  • A stipend of £15,000 per student per annum (pro-rated over two years for part-time students)
  • A contribution to travel and other research costs.

If you have applied to the MA in Medical History and Humanities by Friday 3 May 2019, you will automatically be considered for one of these awards; there is no requirement to apply separately.

Queries about the funding can be directed to caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk.

Please note that only students who have been successful will be notified directly. If you have not heard by 30 June 2019, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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

Tom and Eileen House Scholarships

The Scholarships are open to applicants who:

• Hold an offer to study a taught MA commencing 2019/20

• Are eligible to pay fees at the Home/EU rate

• Are permanently resident in the UK or EU

• Meet one of the following widening participation criteria:

o You have been in Local Authority Care or supported by the Foyer Federation

o You have been in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance

o You have been in receipt of the Maximum Maintenance Loan, or Maximum Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant

o You were the first in your family to attend higher education (not including siblings) on entry to undergraduate study

o You were from a Low Participation Neighbourhood on entry to undergraduate study

o You are on a low income.

Applications have now closed for students commencing their studies in 2019/20.

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2019

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 2019:

  •  +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.

Applications have now closed for students commencing their studies in 2019/20.

UK Government postgraduate loan scheme

The UK Government provides loans for Master’s students of up to £10,609. 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% 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% 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

PhD studentship in Modern Japanese History

The Department of History at the University of York is delighted to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship to work on the history of Japan as a major producer of the natural insecticide, pyrethrum. This studentship forms part of the Wellcome Trust funded project “The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies, c 1920-1970”, led by Dr Sabine Clarke in the Department of History.

This project will transform our understandings of the use of insecticides in the past by exploring the neglected experience of insecticide use in Britain and its colonies. It will play close attention to the interplay of cultural, political, economic, technical and business factors important in a range of contexts that have not been previously explored or sufficiently distinguished in order to produce a new history of synthetics insecticides in the twentieth century.

Find further details regarding the studentship and the application process can be found here: PhD studentship (MS Word , 19kb).

The deadline for applications is midnight (BST) on Friday 17 May 2019.


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships 2019

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 studentships for these universities and for the co-ordination of a doctoral training programme. This year, WRoCAH has around 48 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Last year the Department of History at York was awarded five studentships.

This year, there are two competitions:

1. Student-led project applications which will form the majority of the applications

Further details, including the application form, are available from the WRoCAH website.

If you are interested in submitting a student-led project application, you are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department of History. Staff contact details are available here

A detailed information document on submitting a student-led application is also available from Caroline Edwards.

2. At least 15% of the awards made will be Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) where a student works closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout their PhD. Project areas are already defined for these awards and are advertised here.

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.

Please note:

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 available from the WRoCAH website.

To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

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

Applications have now closed for students commencing their studies in 2019/20.


Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the University of York will be hosting four Wolfson Scholarships in the disciplines of History, Languages and Literature for students commencing their PhD studies on 1 October 2019 (deferrals are not permitted).

Applications are now open. More information, including how to apply, is available here.

Each scholarship offers £28,750 each year (over three years) and covers:

  • Tuition fees (at home or overseas rate)
  • A maintenance stipend of around £20,000 per year
  • A contribution to research and training costs

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • 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.

If you are interested in applying, you are strongly advised to contact your prospective supervisor in the Department of History. Staff contact details are available here.

Students can apply to both the Wolfson and WRoCAH competitions and are strongly advised to do so if eligible for both, ideally applying to the WRoCAH competition first so that the application can be copied across to the Wolfson.

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

Applications have now closed for students commencing their studies in 2019/20


White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2019

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 2019:

  •  +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.

Applications have now closed for students commencing their studies in 2019/20.


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.


UK Government Doctoral Loan Scheme

If you are commencing a PhD in Autumn 2019 you can apply for up to £25,000 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 PhD in History programme.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in England or Wales.
  • At least 50% 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


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.

Overseas students

PhD studentship in Modern Japanese History

The Department of History at the University of York is delighted to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship to work on the history of Japan as a major producer of the natural insecticide, pyrethrum. This studentship forms part of the Wellcome Trust funded project “The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies, c 1920-1970”, led by Dr Sabine Clarke in the Department of History.

This project will transform our understandings of the use of insecticides in the past by exploring the neglected experience of insecticide use in Britain and its colonies. It will play close attention to the interplay of cultural, political, economic, technical and business factors important in a range of contexts that have not been previously explored or sufficiently distinguished in order to produce a new history of synthetics insecticides in the twentieth century.

Find further details regarding the studentship and the application process can be found here: PhD studentship (MS Word , 19kb).

The deadline for applications is midnight (BST) on Friday 17 May 2019.


 York Graduate Research School scholarships for international research students

These prestigious scholarships offer

  • A full fee waiver
  • A stipend of approximately £15,000 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 will be 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

Applications for 2019/20 courses have now closed


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 of study and are split into two categories:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarships, which offer a £5,000 tuition fee discount for one year of study. These scholarships are open to high ability students from any non-EU country.
  • Country or region-specific Academic Excellence Scholarships, which offer a tuition fee discount of up to £10,000 for high ability students from a specific country or region. View the list of countries.

To be eligible, you must have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University of York by 30 April 2019 (you do not need to have accepted the offer). Find out more and apply.

The closing date is 30 April 2019.


The Vice-Chancellor's scholarships

These scholarships are open to exceptional students applying for full-time Postgraduate Taught programmes of study. Each scholarship offers a £5,000 tuition fee discount for one year of study. Applications open online on 14 January 2019.

To be eligible for the scholarships, applications should

  • Be expected to achieve a first-class undergraduate degree (or the international equivalent)
  • Have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University of York by the 30 April 2019 (you do not need to have accepted the offer)
  • Have already met the English Language requirements of their offer (by 30 April 2019)

Find out more and apply


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


China Scholarships Council PhD Studentships

These are ten China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships for students applying to study at the University of York, to commence their studies in the 2019/20 academic year.

Each scholarship 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 

To be considered for these scholarships, you must have obtained an unconditional offer of study on a PhD programme by Friday 15 February 2019. If you are a current student, it is acceptable to have obtained a conditional offer by this date where the sole condition is the successful completion of your degree. We recommend that you submit your PhD application by early-December in order to give the department time to consider this.

When you apply to the PhD in History, on the application form, please select 'China Scholarship Council – UoY PhD Programme' as your source of funding. If you have already applied and not selected this option, please contact caroline.edwards@york.ac.uk

More information, including details on how to apply, is available on our China Scholarships Council webpage. Please read this information carefully as there are several stages. 


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

Applications are now open. The deadline for the submission of applications is 22 May 2018.

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 Master’s degree programme (or the first year of a longer Master’s 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.

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Other funding opportunities

Available in hard copy from the University Careers Service: