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Funding Opportunities for Current Postgraduates

External Funding | University Funding |Departmental Funding | Newberry Library Grants 

For funding advice for prospective students, please click hereLink opens in a new window. this link also includes details on University and Department fees awards and bursaries for MA and PhD students, some of which is open to those who have already begun their degrees.

External Funding Opportunities

A number of charities offer modest funding for postgraduates, to assist in their research expenses.

The Dover Fund

The Dover Fund, set up in honour of Sir Kenneth Dover, is administered by the Hellenic Society. Its purposes are: to further the study of the history of the Greek language in any period from the Bronze Age to the 15th century AD, andto further the edition and exegesis of Greek texts, including papyri and inscriptions, from any period within those same limits. Grants from this Fund will be made for such purposes as visits to libraries, museums and sites. For instance, support may be offered to graduate students or young scholars outside the London area to enable them to take advantage of the excellent facilities of the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and the Institute of Classical Studies Library. The purpose of such support is to assist with travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, normally for up to a week. The sums awarded will vary according to the needs of the applicant, but most grants will be in the range £50 – £400; larger grants may be made from time to time at the discretion of the committee.
Applications must be received by May 1st of the year in which a grant is sought. Forms can be downloaded from the Society’s website.

The Thomas Wiedemann Memorial Fund

Grants from the Fund (normally up to £100) are available to assist with the costs of visits to universities, libraries, or museums in the UK, related to actual or planned research activities. Any student currently enrolled for a taught or research postgraduate course related to the ancient Greek or Roman world at any university in the UK is eligible to apply. Visiting graduate students with a formal attachment to a UK department may also apply for assistance with their research activities in the UK.

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The Reid Trust

The Reid Trust was founded in 1868 in connection with Bedford College for Women for the promotion and improvement of women’s education. Each year the Reid Trust makes six to ten awards of up to £1000 each, to women who wish to undertake further training or research in the United Kingdom.

Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors

The awards are open to students at UK universities studying decorative arts, including archaeology, arts management, conservation, heritage and history of art to assist them with their research/travel costs associated with their research: Geoffrey Bond Travel Award, £500 + Arts Scholars Award, £500

Further details here.

University Funding - The Humanities Research Fund

The Humanities Research Fund includes funding for conference travel. The HRF will make a maximum contribution of £600 for UK conferences & £800 for overseas conferences, for staff or MA by Research/Doctoral students who will be giving a paper. Applicants must provide clear information regarding the conference, the benefits of attending and the paper itself (ideally including an abstract). For further details see here.

Newberry Library Research Grants

Warwick postgraduate students working on Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern topics may apply for funding to attend selected graduate training seminars at the Newberry Library in Chicago or to undertake research in the Newberry’s rich collections. Applications must be made through Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the RenaissanceLink opens in a new window.

The Newberry Library’s own Center for Renaissance Studies (founded in 1979) serves an international public of scholars through the use of the library’s internationally renowned collections in the late medieval and early modern periods, through to the Napoleonic age. The Center is organized as an international consortium of 47 universities that contribute to its administration and the planning of a range of research and advanced (graduate and post-doctoral) skills training programmes. Warwick is currently one of three UK institutions to be a member of the Consortium of the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies.
Faculty members (i.e. academic staff) and graduate students at Consortium institutions can apply for funds (known as “Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants”) to participate in Center for Renaissance Studies programs or to conduct research on medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topics at the Newberry Library.
Thanks to a reciprocal arrangement funds may also be available for programs and research at the Folger Institute in Washington, DC (“Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant for seminar participation/research at the Folger Institute”).
Applications go through the faculty representative in the Consortium institution; in Warwick, you should write to the Director of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (in 2019-20, Prof David Lines). Postgraduate applicants should first discuss their plans with their supervisors.

Departmental Support

Applicants for PhD, MA (T), and MA(R) degrees are invited to bid for departmental fees-only funding, for ONE year. This is available to continuing students as well as new students. Existing bursary-holders need to compete each year for their award to be renewed. Find more information here.

New PhD applicants are expected to apply in the first instance for University scholarships, and departmental funding will be awarded following that competition. Please contact Dr Clare Rowan in the first instance to explore your research proposal and to identify a possible supervisor for your thesis.

PG research fund

The Department has modest sums available to help postgraduate students to attend conferences and for travel essential to their research. For an application form, click hereLink opens in a new window. Further information on the scheme can be found in the PG handbook.

PG Funding News

Congratulations to the following for securing PhD scholarships for 2022-23:
Campbell Orchard (Midlands4Cities Scholarship)
Elena Claudi (Midlands4Cities Scholarship)
Shekinah Vera-Cruz (Wolfson)
Jacqui Butler, Richard Allard-Meldrum and Abby Wall (Departmental fee awards)