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Study and Research Funding

Researchers in the History of Medicine have many options when it comes to funding, and CHM has a strong track record of attracting external funding in a very competitive field. The Centre for the History of Medicine itself, the Department of History, the University of Warwick, and external funders such as the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, ESRC have individual schemes to support students at MA and PhD levels, and researchers at postdoctoral level. Please see the information below for further details of MA funding options, PhD funding options, and Postdoctoral funding options:

MA funding

Undergraduates and others interested in the MA are encouraged to contact the History of Medicine MA Coordinator as soon as possible for more information. For 2019-20 this is Professor Mathew Thomson m dot thomson at warwick dot ac dot uk

  • CHM has Wellcome Trust funding for one MA studentship in the History of Medicine for 2020-21. This covers fees, a stipend and a small budget for research expenses. The deadline for applications for 2020-21 is 20th May 2020. Applicants who wish to be considered for other funding as well will need to apply by the deadlines for that funding, if earlier than the WT deadline (see links below for further information)
  • The History Department offers a number of Departmental MA bursaries to outstanding candidates. For information on current funding available and application deadlines please see the History Department's 'Funding for PG Study' pages'.

All History of Medicine MA candidates should apply by the required deadline using the University's online system AND also produce a short c.v. (maximum two pages) and a two-page proposal outlining their potential dissertation topic, their research questions, and an indication of the sources to be drawn on to pursue their dissertation project. Please email the c.v. and proposal directly to Professor Mathew Thomson: m.thomson@warwick.ac.uk

There is also a useful, searchable list of all postgraduate funding available from the Graduate School.

PhD funding

  • Fully funded doctoral studentships providing up to three years of fees, stipend and research expenses are available from the Wellcome Trust. Candidates must have completed, or be registered on, a relevant Master's degree to be eligible. Full details on the scheme are available on the Wellcome Trust funding pages: Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship. Potential applicants should contact Professor Mathew Thomson as soon as possible as development of a strong application will take time: m.thomson@warwick.ac.uk. The Wellcome Trust deadline for applications this year is 16th March 2020, however your final application will need to be ready a week ahead of this to provide time for necessary institutional approval of the application.
  • The History Department also supports applications for funding of PhDs in History of Medicine through university funding and applications to the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) Doctoral Traning Partnership. The deadlines for these schemes has now passed for 2020-21. For information and funding deadlines please see the History Department's 'Funding for PG Study' pages.

There is also a useful, searchable list of all postgraduate funding available from the Graduate School.

Please note: if you wish to be considered for more than one source of funding, you will need to apply by whichever deadline is earliest.

Postdoctoral funding

Research grant appplications for postdoctoral funding are subject to internal application procedures (within History and Research and Impact Services) and we therefore advise you to contact both the CHM Director and the Department (at HistoryResearch at warwick dot ac dot uk) well in advance for further information. For further funding options, important information and funding deadlines please see the History Department's 'Funding Opportunities' pages. You may also like to see CHM's Applicants' Topics and Titles page for a list of successful applications by funder, with the applicants' statements (MA, Doctoral and Postdoctoral funding).

Some of the main schemes are listed here:

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  • Postdoctoral researchers can apply to the Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships. This scheme supports individuals at all stages of their career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research. This is a two-stage process, with an initial Preliminary application required, and successful candidates then invited by the Trust to complete a Final Application. Please contact Professor Mathew Thomson if you are interested in making an application: m.thomson@warwick.ac.uk
  • You may also wish to see funding opportunities within the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Funding Schemes.
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  • The ESRC offers funding and fellowships for Early Career Researchers with less that 4 years postdoctoral experience and looking to manage their first research project: Please consult their 'New Investigator Awards' pages for further information.
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