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PhD funding

We are one of the largest and most influential Sociology departments in the UK. Research is at the heart of what we do, and we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference and drives forwards knowledge and understanding of Sociology on a global scale.

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 funding opportunities.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, you can find full information on postgraduate research funding at York, as well as external funding:

Funding opportunities

Our funding details update regularly, so any closed opportunities may soon become available again.

There are no scholarships or funding opportunities to show here right now. You may still be able to find a funding option that you are eligible for on our research degree funding pages.

China Scholarships Council joint research scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council.

  • Funding: 100% of tuition fees for the full duration, which is typically three years; a grant for living costs; one return flight from China; UK visa fees
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 6 February 2023, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: Students from China
  • Number available: 10

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Open Competition Studentships

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Open Competition scholarships suit student-led PhD projects within the AHRC remit of Histories, Cultures and Heritage, Creative and Performing Arts, and Languages and Literature.

  • Funding: £15,609+ per annum, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 45+

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards

A Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield

  • Funding: £16,062+ per annum, plus £550 annual enhancement, plus tuition fees
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 9 March 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 3 at York

BBSRC White Rose DTP (WR DTP) in Mechanistic Biology

This prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership and its strategic application brings together world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Monday 28 February 2022, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

BBSRC White Rose DTP (WR DTP) in Mechanistic Biology: Diverse Talent Scholarships

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within its postgraduate research programme. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for a fully-funded PhD scholarship as part of the White Rose DTP.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Thursday 31 March 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students

ESRC White Rose Social Sciences DTP (WR DTP) Scholarships

The Economic and Social Research Council White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan.

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£15,609 in 2021/22) plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022, 5pm BST
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

NERC DTP in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

This prestigious Natural Environment Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research.

  • Funding: A tax-free annual stipend at the standard UKRI (£15,609 for 2021/22 entry), research costs and tuition fees at UK rate
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Friday 14 January 2022, 11.59pm GMT
  • Open to: EU, International (non-EU) and UK (home) students

ONAOSI Foundation postgraduate scholarships

We're proud to offer limited National Opera for the Assistance of Italian Health Orphans scholarships for students entering a one-year taught or research Masters.

  • Funding: Full tuition fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Monday 20 June 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Italy
  • Number available: 3 plus two beneficiaries may obtain a 30% tuition

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships fund doctoral research in three Subject Disciplines: History, Literature and Languages.

  • Funding: Covers tuition fees, £22,000 stipend, research and training costs
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: Three

York Graduate Research School (YGRS) PhD Scholarships

We're pleased to offer up to six fully-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the York Graduate Research School (YGRS).

  • Funding: Tuition fees at UK (home) rate; UKRI-aligned stipend; research training support grant
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Application deadline: Friday 29 April 2022, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: Up to 6 per year

Who to contact

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

Student Support Administrator 

sociology-pgr@york.ac.uk

+44 (0)1904 323234