Funding and Scholarships

MA in Women's Studies

MA Women's Studies (Humanities)

MA Women's Studies (Social Research)

MA Women, Violence and Conflict

MA in Women's Studies By Research

MA in Women's Studies

YuFund/YGRS Masters Scholarships 2017-18

YuFund and York Graduate Research School (YGRS) are co-funding six taught Masters scholarships for 2017-18, each worth 5000. Candidates must have been accepted onto a taught Masters programme(by 6th April) before nomination (10th April) and be York graduates by the start of that programme (graduating by Summer 2017). These awards may be held in conjunction with a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company or a partial scholarship/bursary but not in conjunction with full-funding (fees plus stipend). The student does not need to apply. The Centre will nominate a potential candidate from their MA application based on academic excellence (assessed by CV, letters of reference, their personal statement) and supported by a letter from the Centre.

WRoCAH MA Fee-Waiver only bursary

The Centre for Women's Studies has been allocated a White Rose College of Arts and Humanities MA Fee-Waiver only Bursary at UK/EU rate.
For more information please see the University WRCoAH funding page. The deadline is 5 May 2017.

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

UK government loan scheme

The UK government offers a £10,000 loan funding package for postgraduate masters students. Please go to the University's student funding webpages for more information
and to check eligibility

Chevening Scholarships for Masters

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for postgraduate Higher Education in the UK, eligible applicants may apply for a Chevening Scholarship.
Further information on the full range of Chevening scholarships can be found here including funding application deadline dates and application timelines The application process takes almost a year to progress and applicant must apply a year ahead of the entry year they wish to start their studies at University.
Students from Afghanistan, Somalia and South Africa awarded the Chevening Scholarship have studied for their Masters degrees at the Centre for Women's Studies.

PhD in Women's Studies

The University awards a number of scholarships each year to international (non-EU) students with high academic standing. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Their annual value varies and successful candidates will be required to meet the balance of the costs of their course. The University may also nominate non-EU students for the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme. The closing date for applications is 30 April in the year for which admission is sought. Further details and application forms for both of these may be obtained from the University's International Office.
International students may also enquire from their local British Council office about awards from the Council and from other instututions. If there is no British Council office in your country, please write to: The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SE1A 2BN, UK.

UK students and other EU nationals, where appropriate, may apply for funding to either the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) or the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRC). The ESRC will consider both full-time and part-time applications where the focus of the research falls, broadly speaking, into the social sciences, and who have appropriate, recognised prior research training. The AHRC will consider applications from full-time students whose research is focused on literary, historical, cultural, linguistic or philosophical topics.

AHRC funding for Postgraduate Research PhD in Women's Studies

The Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York invites applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentship as follows:

  • PhD studentship in the field of gender and culture (including popular culture)

This funding is available for home and EU students only.
For further information please go to the following website:

Applicants for AHRC doctoral studentships

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 coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

Please ensure you allow sufficent time for your programme application to be processed and to still meet the scholarship deadline.

Deadline - 1st February 2017

ESRC funding for Postgraduate Research in Women's Studies

Suitably qualified home or EU applicants may seek funding either on a 1+3 basis (to cover both the MA and PhD) or, for those who have already completed an ESRC recognized research training Masters or equivalent, on a +3 basis (for PhD only).

This funding is competitive and must be applied for through the institution and department in which you intend to undertake postgraduate research. It is important to consult your prospective supervisor before completing the ESRC forms. Those seeking ESRC funding must contact Professor Vicki Robinson in the Centre for Women's Studies immediately, before 9th December 2016 as the Deadline for funding applications is 1st February 2017.

For more information contact: Harriet Badger

For specific advice on ESRC requirements and completing the forms contact: Professor Vicki Robinson

For more information and application forms on the University of York website please go to:

More general guidance is available on the ESRC website:

External Funding Information
A good useful funding guide can be found at Prospects funding information

Help and advice for US students about loans can be found at
or contact Student Financial Support.

Last Updated: May 31, 2017 |

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