Postgraduate fees and funding

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

The UK/EU Postgraduate Financial Guide 2017/18 can be found here.

Further details of funding opportunities for 2018/19 will be published on this page as they become available.

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

Applications for funding for graduate study in Linguistics and Languages are welcome at the University of York. Several schemes are available:

  1. AHRC funding for UK/EU students wanting to study for a PhD.
  2. ESRC funding for UK/EU students wanting to study for a PhD (+3) or Masters + PhD (1+3).
  3. Wolfson Foundation funding for students of any nationality to study for a PhD.
  4. Departmental 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 MSc in Forensic Speech Science and MA in Sociolinguistics.

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 are available to UK students (fees + stipend of approximately £14,500) 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.

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

The closing deadline for all PhD scholarship applications is Wednesday 24 January 2018, 17.00 GMT. To be considered for Masters bursaries applications for the relevant MA or MSc programme must be received by Friday 30 March 2018, 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 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 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: 24 January 2018


2. ESRC funding

The White Rose Social Science DTP is a partnership of seven universities. It distributes at least 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, and forensic speech science are suitable for this scheme.

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

Deadline: 24 January 2018


3. 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 £27,666.

Further information:

Deadline: 24 January 2018


4. Departmental PhD scholarship

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science offers a studentship at the equivalent rate to the AHRC and ESRC (i.e. it covers fees at the UK/EU rate and a scholarship of approximately £14,500). This scholarship is open to students of all nationalities, but note that fees are covered at the EU fee level. Non-EU students must be able to fund the difference in fees.

Further information:

Deadline: 24 January 2018


5. Funding for international students

For international students the University of York also offers various other scholarships and bursaries. Information is updated regularly here:


6. Masters bursaries

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science offers three bursaries for Masters study. Two bursaries are reserved for students on the MSc in Forensic Speech Science, and the other for the MA in Sociolinguistics or MA in Phonetics & Phonology. Each bursary provides a fee contribution of £3,500. The bursaries are open to students of any nationality. All applicants to the relevant Masters programmes will be considered automatically.

Deadline: 24 January 2018


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 2018/19

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 Prof Peter Sells (, no later than 01 February 2018.


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