PhD funding


The Department of Politics has a large and vibrant PhD community. The Department works to maximise the amount of financial support available to PhD students, and is proud to be able to offer a range of schemes.

The following scholarship opportunities are available:

  • White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership studentships (see ESRC tab)
  • White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities studentships (see AHRC tab)
  • Several fully funded Department scholarships (see Department tab)
  • University funding for overseas students (see University funding tab)




White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership 

Applications are open. 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 29 January 2020.

Further information on funding

Help with your application

Firstly, please apply for a PhD programme in the Department of Politics or the MA in Social Research. To find out which is appropriate read the Eligibility section. It's a good idea to do this first.

You will need to write a 'project description' for your funding application.

What do we mean by 'project description'?

The project description is a key part of your funding application. Within the funding application form, you are asked to describe in your own words, in language accessible to a lay reader, your proposed research field or project. The description should include:

  • the questions or hypotheses to be addressed
  • the methods to be used
  • the sources to be consulted
  • a brief timetable covering the period of study
  • how you expect the research to be useful and to whom

The maximum word count for the description is 10,000 characters so you need to be succinct.

The project description may be the same as the 'research proposal' you submitted with your PhD application or you may choose to submit a refined version of the proposal as your project description on the funding application. If you are applying for a 1+3 (MA + PhD) award your project description may be less developed than a typical research proposal, as you will be expected to develop it during your MA studies.


WRoCAH 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 doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.

WRoCAH has around 50 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition. The Department of Politics at the University of York may nominate up to two students for funding through WRoCAH.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website

To be eligible for funding, applicants must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 29th January 2020.

Help with your application

Firstly, please apply for a PhD programme in the Department of Politics.


*Top tip*

Read the Guidance Notes for Applicants 2020 available here before drafting your funding application.


Department scholarships

We award a number of Department scholarships consisting of a tuition fee waiver (at the UK/EU rate) and an annual stipend.  

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. You will be automatically considered if you submit an application for either the PhD in Politics or the PhD in Postwar Recovery Studies by 29 January 2020.  There is no need for applicants to submit an additional application form. Applicants who hold a deferred offer will be considered.

Both students who pay fees at the overseas and UK / EU rate will be considered for the scholarships, but the scholarships will only cover tuition fees at the UK / EU rate; overseas scholarship recipients will be expected to fund the remainder of their tuition fee through alternative funds. 


The deadline is 29 January 2020.


York Graduate Research School Scholarships for overseas research students

These scholarships are open to international students applying to study a research degree at York.

These prestigious scholarships, awarded by the York Graduate Research School, offer full funding (covering 100% of tuition fees, a stipend commensurate with the UKRI rate, plus a research training support grant) for the duration of a student’s enrolment period.

If you hold a deferred offer, please confirm via email to if you wish to be considered for this funding.

Further information.


The deadline for applications for the 2020/21 academic year is Friday 31 January 2020.


There isn't a separate application form for these scholarships. Depending on your application status, you can be considered for these awards in two ways:

  • When you apply for your PhD Select the 'UoY Overseas Research Scholarship' option from the drop-down menu when asked how you intend to finance your studies.
  • If you've already applied Email and ask the Graduate Office to add the ‘UoY Overseas Research Scholarship’ tag to your PhD programme application before the scholarship deadline.


Acton - Goodman

Scholarship comprised of:

  • tuition fee waiver at home / EU rate
  • stipend of approx. £15,000 per year
  • £2000 per annum allowance for research, training and conference attendance costs
  • £5000 transitional allowance following completion of degree

Eligibility criteria:

  • proposed research must in an area relevant to the interests and work of the Acton Society Trust and Ted Goodman
  • must have applied for, and ideally be in receipt of an offer for a PhD programme, by 31 January 2020
  • must expect to begin your PhD studies on 1 October 2020 
  • must have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing PhD studies
  • must have completed a masters-level qualification prior to commencing PhD studies

To be considered for this scholarship please mention the scholarship on your application form for the PhD programme.

Find our more here.


Information on funding provided centrally by the University of York.

Other potential funding sources:

Who to contact

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

Liz O'Brien, Graduate School Co-ordinator

+44 (0) 1904 323561

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