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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)
  • Two fully funded Department scholarships (see Department tab)
  • University funding for overseas students (see University funding tab)




The ESRC competition for 2021/22 is open. Find full details and a link to the funding application form here.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

By the deadline you need to have completed the following 2 steps:
  1. Apply for a relevant programme online
  2. Apply separately for the funding by completing the form here (you need your application number so this is step 2 of 2)

Ring-fenced awards for Black British students

Two studentships are ring-fenced for Black British students with relevant research interests. Find out more here. We strongly encourage applications from Black British students.


The WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2021 is now open!

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The College 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. 

Students can make one application for funding through the open competition at either Leeds, Sheffield or York. Projects are welcome from all departments, not just Arts & Humanities, so long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and the Guidance Notes for Applicants are available from the WRoCAH website. 


To be eligible to apply 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, 27th January 2021



Department scholarships

We are delighted to confirm our intention to offer two departmentally-funded PhD scholarships for researchers commencing their studies in October 2021. The scholarships cover a full fee waiver and annual stipend at the RCUK rate (£15,285 in 2020/21).

You will automatically be considered for these scholarships if you have applied for a PhD programme in the Department of Politics between Monday 28 September 2020 and Wednesday 27 January 2021. This date will be taken from your application. If your application is dated after Wednesday 27 January 2021, you will not be considered for this funding. 

If you hold a deferred offer to start in October 2021, having originally applied prior to Monday 28 September 2020, you will need to confirm your wish to be considered for the scholarships by emailing

Unfortunately any requests to be considered for these scholarships received after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Information on further funding opportunities can be found at


York Graduate Research School Scholarships for overseas research students

Award details:

  • PhD level study, three to four awards available across the University for 2021/22
  • Award covers:
    • 100% of tuition fees
    • UKRI-rate stipend (c. £15,285 per annum, full time)
    • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) at the relevant research council rate
  • Valid for each successful year of enrolment period


Applicants must:

  • have applied for a place on a PhD programme by 29 January 2021
  • be liable to pay tuition fees at the international rate
  • be commencing their PhD studies in the 2021/22 academic year (between 1 October 2021 and 1 September 2022)

How to apply

At the point of application please select the 'UoY Overseas Research Scholarship' option from the drop-down when asked how you intend to finance your studies.

Full information on these scholarships can be found 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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