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 for the 2019/20 academic year:

  • 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 

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) is the structure through which PhD students within the Department access Economic and Social Research Council PhD funding to support their studies. 

Funding from the WRDTP gives you access to:

  • a wide range of training opportunities, particularly focused on maximising the social and economic benefits of your research
  • a network of students and researchers studying in your discipline across Yorkshire
  • a network of interdisciplinary contacts and the opportunity to develop expertise working across disciplines.

Subject to ESRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) to help towards living expenses. In 2018/19, the basic stipend for ESRC studentships is £14,777; this changes from year to year.

These scholarships are available on a 1+3 (Masters + PhD) or a +3 (PhD only) basis. Before you apply it is important that you read the guidance here.

Please note: there are two steps to the application process.

  1. You must apply for a place on an eligible programme. Apply for the PhD in Politics here. Find out more about the MA in Social Research here. This application is reviewed and processed by the University of York.
  2. You must apply for the scholarship separately here. This application is reviewed and processed by the WRDTP. 

Eligible applicants must complete both steps.


The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd January 2019.


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 48 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition.

  • Of these we expect the majority to be student-led project applications
  • At least 15% of the awards made will be Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) where a student works closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout their PhD. Project areas are already defined for these, and are advertised here.

Students can make only one application for funding through the open competition for either a student-led or a collaborative project.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website. Please read the details very carefully as the application process may vary for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards with an earlier deadline for expressions of interest.

To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. Apply for the PhD in Politics at the University of York here.

The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday 23rd January 2019.


PhD Department scholarships available for the 2019/20 academic year.

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 Wednesday 23rd January 2019.  There is no need for applicants to submit an additional application form.

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. 

University funding

York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students

These scholarships are open to international students applying to study a research degree at York, beginning in the 2019/20 academic year.

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.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2019.

Find more information here.


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

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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