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Funding opportunities

We regularly receive funding for PhD projects from research councils (ESRC, MRC, BBSRC), charities, the EU, and private companies. Funding normally covers research costs and tuition fees, and provides a maintenance grant for living expenses.  Some PhD projects already have specific funding allocated to them (eg from a grant). In other cases, supervisors do not have pre-arranged funding - these students can enter the departmental studentship competition.

PhD funding available
(beginning September 2021) 

Departmental studentships

Departmental studentships cover home fees and provide a stipend of about £14,500 per year, for three years starting in September 2021.  The studentships are open to all, but International and EU students would be expected to cover the difference between home and overseas fees. Recipients of these awards will be expected to complete 100 hours of teaching (tutorials, demonstrating in practicals, marking) each year in return for the studentship.

Applying for departmental studentships

Submit your online application before the deadline of 18 January 2021. Initial interviews will be completed before 22 January 2021. Individuals with the strongest academic record, interview performance, relevant work experience, endorsement from their potential supervisor and summary research proposal (in terms of rigour and clarity) will be shortlisted and invited for a second interview on 18 or 19 February, 2021.  We expect that successful candidates will be offered these awards by mid-March 2021.

Before submitting your departmental studentship application

We select applicants whose interests fit closely with those of our staff, so research students can benefit from expert supervision. We cannot offer places to individuals who wish to work outside the areas of research expertise within the department. Postgraduate researchers join a research team composed of one or two faculty, postdoctoral scientists and other graduate students working on related topics. 

Before applying please look at the research and staff webpages and make contact with individuals who share your research interests and may be able to offer you supervision. Early contact with potential supervisors is critical, so that the supervisor can provide guidance and input into the research proposal, which forms a critical part of your application.

White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC studentships

In addition to submitting an application for departmental funding, you may be eligible to submit an application to the WRDTP ESRC scheme, specifically the Advanced Quantitative Methods award. Please speak to your potential supervisor about your eligibility, and if eligible work with your supervisor to produce an application.  The deadline for these applications to be submitted to the department is 11 January 2021.  Please note that a separate application is required, in addition to the on-line departmental PhD procedure.  Any applicants who apply for departmental funding must apply for the AQM award if they are eligible.

University funding for international applicants

Find out more

Further information on funding for international students is available from the International Office.

Opportunities for self-funding students

Funding is very competitive, so if you are not successful in obtaining a full studentship and decide to join us on a full or partial self-funding basis there are a number of ways in which you can aid your financial situation and gain valuable experience on the way.

Graduate teaching positions

Each term our PostGraduates Who Teach (PGWT) coordinator matches PhD students who want to teach with teaching jobs in the department.  The teaching roles available will vary, but may include leading tutorials with small groups of undergraduates, demonstrating in undergraduate practical classes and marking and providing feedback on undergraduate work.  All teaching work is paid at around £15 per hour. 

College tutor positions

For postgraduates who have a keen interest in student welfare there are opportunities to become college tutors. College tutors are a vital part of the team responsible for the welfare of undergraduates.  This role usually requires 15 hours of the tutor's time each week and the tutor is expected to live in college (where accommodation is provided at reduced cost).  A general advert for resident college tutors and deans normally goes out on York Extra in April, with interviews in June for a September start.

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