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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.

Departmental Funding PGR

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.

Wider PGR funding opportunities

Commonwealth Scholarship

The University of York is a host university for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Various opportunities are available throughout the year. The majority of awards are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

  • Funding: various
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: Students from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize and more (see eligibility)

John Monash Scholarship

The John Monash Scholarship provides yearly funding to outstanding postgraduate taught and research students from Australia.

  • Funding: $75,000 AUD for each year of study
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Saturday 20 July 2024, 5pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Australia
  • Number available: 10-20

Snowdon Masters Scholarship

The Snowdon Trust Masters Scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate exceptional disabled students through higher education, creating the influencers of the future.

  • Funding: Up to £30,000 (up to £15,000 towards tuition fees and up to £15,000 towards living costs grant)
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Thursday 29 February 2024, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Number available: 12

Tan Kah Kee Scholarship

The Tan Kah Kee Scholarship offers postgraduate scholarships for Singapore citizens and permanent residents pursuing full-time PhD or Masters degrees.

  • Funding: $12,000
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 11.30am BST
  • Open to: Students from Singapore

York Graduate Research School PhD Scholarship

We're pleased to offer up to six fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK candidates who self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

  • Funding: Tuition fees at UK (home fee status) rate; UKRI-aligned stipend; research training support grant
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Friday 5 April 2024, 11.59am BST
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Number available: Up to 6 per year

Closed opportunities

Our closed opportunities may reopen again in the future.

ONAOSI Foundation Scholarship

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: 2023/24
  • Application deadline: Monday 19 June 2023, 11.59pm BST
  • Open to: Students from Italy
  • Number available: 3 plus two beneficiaries may obtain a 30% tuition

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

The Economic and Social Research Council White Rose DTP is a regional consortium of seven universities with social science research excellence and involves the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York as well as Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.

  • Funding: ESRC stipend (£18662 in 2023/24) plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 24 January 2024, 5pm GMT
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students

Who to contact

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

Student Support Administrator