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Postgraduate research funding (PhD)

We're committed to providing as many opportunities as possible to support postgraduate study. In all cases, applicants will be expected to apply to study at York before applying for funding opportunities.

Full guidance will be provided by the Department of History. If you are interested in applying for any departmental or central University opportunity, you are strongly advised to contact history-admissions@york.ac.uk in the first instance to help support your application. Please also discuss funding opportunities with your prospective supervisor.

The University offers information on Postgraduate research fees and funding opportunities available to applicants, which include:

Current University-wide opportunities

Opportunities from previous years may reopen in future.

ONAOSI Foundation postgraduate scholarships

We're proud to offer limited National Opera for the Assistance of Italian Health Orphans scholarships for students entering a one-year taught or research Masters.

  • Funding: Full tuition fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Monday 20 June 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Italy
  • Number available: 3 plus two beneficiaries may obtain a 30% tuition

Closed University-wide opportunities

Opportunities that are currently closed may reopen for the next academic year.

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships fund doctoral research in three Subject Disciplines: History, Literature and Languages.

  • Funding: Covers tuition fees, £22,000 stipend, research and training costs
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: Three

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Open Competition Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Open Competition scholarships suit student-led PhD projects within the AHRC remit of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, Creative and Performing Arts, and Languages and Literature.

  • Funding: £15,609+ per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 45+

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council.

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Monday 7 February 2022, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: Students from China
  • Number available: 10

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

A Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield

  • Funding: £16,062+ per annum, plus £550 annual enhancement, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 9 March 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 3 at York

York Graduate Research School (YGRS) PhD Scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to six fully-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the York Graduate Research School (YGRS).

  • Funding: Tuition fees at UK (home) rate; UKRI-aligned stipend; research training support grant
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Friday 29 April 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: Up to 6 per year