Postgraduate Funding

We are one of the largest and most influential Politics Departments in the UK.

Research is at the heart of what we do, and we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference as well as driving forwards knowledge and understanding of Politics and International Relations on a global scale.

We offer a range scholarships to support Masters students.

ā€ŒPostgraduate loans

If you're starting a Masters from September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

PG Loans - Fact sheet (PDF  , 668kb) 

The loans scheme is now open for applications and you can apply online

Please note: Unfortunately EU students studying on the two-year Mundus MAPP in Public Policy are not eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan.

Further information can also be found here.


The University offers a discount in taught postgraduate Masters tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of York. The discount is available to both Home/EU and Overseas students.

York Graduate Loyalty Discount


You will find information on the full range of Chevening scholarships on the Chevening website

Chevening/University of York Partnership Award (for students from China)

Eligible students applying to our MA in International Relations may apply for a joint-funded Masters scholarship in collaboration with Chevening.

If you wish to be considered for this award you should select the University of York as your first preference in your Chevening application.

Altajir Trust - MA in Post War Recovery Studies

‌‌‌We are delighted to offer a scholarship in conjunction with the Altajir Trust for applicants to the MA in Post War Recovery Studies.

The scholarship is comprised of a partial tuition fee waiver. A contribution of £8,120 will be paid directly to the University on your behalf. Students will need to cover the remainder of the tuition fee and any additional expenses.

Applicants for the scholarship must:

  • Be from Iraq, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria, or Yemen
  • Be resident in an Arab country and not hold British residence
  • Have a good first degree (equivalent to a 2:1)
  • Have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or otherwise meet the English language requirements for admission to the MA programme)
  • Have an offer for the MA in Post War Recovery Studies by the scholarship deadline of midnight on Friday 15th June 2018.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of applicants effectively demonstrating that a Masters degree is of clear benefit to their home country or the wider Arab world and that they intend to return to their home country (or another Arab country) after the completion of their studies.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete this form 2018/19 Altajir Scholarship (MS Word  , 48kb) and submit to the Graduate School via email:

Other Scholarships available

Information on funding provided centrally by the University of York is available here.

Country-specific information can be found here.

Other potential funding sources:

Read our UK EU PG Funding leaflet 2017-18 (PDF  , 820kb)

Who to contact

For information on any of the funding sources mentioned here please contact:

Rosie in the Graduate Office

+44 (0) 1904 323526