Postgraduate fees and funding

Detailed information on annual tuition fees and the university's full list of postgraduate funding opportunities can be found here.


Please note that if you are intending to submit an application for any of the funding opportunities listed, you should first contact a member of staff in the department to discuss your application. For research degrees, this should be your prospective supervisor, for taught programmes this should be the Chair of the Graduate School Board, Heather Marsden (; If you have not yet been allocated a research supervisor, you should email a draft copy of your proposal and funding application to Professor Paul Foulkes (


PhD and Masters funding at the University of York


The Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York invites applications for Masters and PhD programmes starting in October 2019.

Several funding schemes are available:

  1. AHRC funding for UK/EU students wanting to study for a PhD.
  2. AHRC funding for UK/EU students to conduct a PhD jointly supervised by Aculab PLC (+3).
  3. ESRC funding for UK/EU students wanting to study for a PhD (+3) or Masters + PhD (1+3).
  4. Wolfson Foundation funding for students of any nationality to study for a PhD.
  5. University of York scholarships and bursaries for international PhD and Masters students.
  6. Departmental bursaries for the MSc in Forensic Speech Science.

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) fund studies through collaborative doctoral training partnerships. These partnerships are responsible for the distribution of studentships and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. AHRC and ERSRC funding is available to UK students (fees + stipend of approximately £14,750) and EU students (fees only).


Applicants for funding must have applied for a PhD and/or Masters place at York. Note that the application forms are detailed and require considerable time to prepare. You should follow the University of York’s online application procedure at the following URL:

Enquiries about all awards and applications may be sent to Professor Paul Foulkes:

The closing deadline for PhD scholarship applications is Wednesday 23 January 2019, 17.00 GMT, except for the WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Award (14 December 2018). To be considered for MSc bursaries, applications for the MSc programme must be received by Friday 29 March 2019, 17.00 GMT.


1. AHRC funding

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. WRoCAH is able to offer at least 48 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 already have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The AHRC funds linguistic research in a wide range of areas. Current first year PhD students are also eligible to apply for 2 years’ funding. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

Deadline: 23 January 2019


2. WRoCAH (AHRC) funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York and Aculab PLC

Applications are invited for a collaborative PhD project jointly supervised by the University of York and Aculab PLC. The focus of this project is outlined below:

Automatic speaker recognition (ASR) is increasingly used by commercial institutions to identify individuals from their voices, and by forensic labs for voice evidence in legal cases. Despite their very low error rates in experiments, little is known about what information is actually captured by state-of-the art ASR systems. This project examines how speaker-characterising information captured by ASR systems maps on to linguistic properties of the voice. This study has important implications for the development and improvement of ASR, enhancing public and legal/judicial understanding of ASR, and improving voice analysis in forensic cases.

For further information see:

Suitable applicants are likely to have a background in phonetics, acoustics, speech technology, engineering, ASR and/or forensic speech science.

Deadline: initial applications from potential students must be received by 14 December 2018. Interviews for potential candidates will be held on 8-9 January 2019, after which the successful applicant will need to submit a full application for WRoCAH funding by 23 January 2019.


3. ESRC funding

The White Rose Social Science DTP is a partnership of seven universities. It expects to distribute around 40 scholarships with funding from the ESRC. It focuses on topic areas in the social sciences. Applications must link the proposed PhD topic to one of seven pathway themes: Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL); Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ); Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY); Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT); Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC); Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP); Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD).  Projects on sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics, and forensic speech science are suitable for this scheme.

Most students funded through this scheme take the MA in Social Research, followed by a PhD. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are provided at:

Deadline: 23 January 2019


4. Wolfson Foundation funding

The Wolfson Foundation offers four scholarships. At least one will be in in Languages, defined as applied languages rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, where these are in languages other than English. Wolfson covers tuition fees at the UK/EU or overseas rate, as well as an annual stipend of £28,750.

Further information:

Deadline: 23 January 2019


5. Funding for international students

For international students the University of York also offers various other scholarships and bursaries. These include YGRS Overseas Research Scholarships, which cover full international fees and offer a stipend commensurate with the UK Research Council rate (approximately £14,750 per annum). Information is updated regularly here:


6. MSc bursaries

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science offers up to two bursaries for students on the MSc in Forensic Speech Science. Each bursary provides a fee contribution of £3,500. The bursaries are open to students of any nationality. All applicants to the MSc programme will be considered automatically.

Deadline: 29 March 2019


Other Funding for Masters students

UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

If you're starting a Masters programme after September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000. For more details and to check your eligibility, please see the UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.


Masters fee discount for York Graduates

If you have completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

York offers a discount in taught postgraduate Masters tuition fees for all Home, EU and International alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of York.


Sasakawa Studentship 2019/20

UK or UK-resident applicants for any of our taught MA programmes or the MA in Linguistics by Research are invited to apply for a Sasakawa Studentship worth £10,000 per annum. A condition of the award is that the thesis topic should focus on Japanese or Japan. For further information and to apply, please contact Dr Oleg Benesch (), no later than 01 February 2019.


Other funding opportunities

University of York – China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

The University of York is offering up to 10 joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2018/19 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and York and CSC priorities.

While Language & Linguistic Science is not a priority subject area for this scheme, PhD applicants to this department may register their interest in being considered for one of these scholarships if a place is available. For further details please see the CSC Research Scholarships webpage.


Philological Society Masters bursary

In previous years, the Philological Society has offered a limited number of bursaries, for students embarking on a postgraduate Masters programme in the areas of linguistics or philology.


Special funding

The University has available other sources of funding with special and specific requirements, e.g. hardship or disability. A full list can be found here.

Who to contact

For admissions enquiries:

For funding specific enquiries:

Taught masters courses

Research programmes