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Funding for Postgraduate Study

Funding for postgraduate research and masters courses

We are delighted to support our students in seeking funding. The process can sometimes appear confusing so please don’t hesitate to ask for help and advice.

If you would like to discuss whether we could supervise your proposed area of research you can contact the PGR Director. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact potential supervisors directly. See the list of academic staff with their areas of expertise.

Remember that to be eligible for funding, you must also apply to the relevant MA or PhD programme in the History Department. That is, you cannot be considered for funding if you have not also applied for a place before the funding deadline and some of the funding streams require an offer before you can make the application. When you apply to Warwick you will be given an application identifying number which you can use to link to other applications.

Please visit the Doctoral College Scholarships and Funding Portal for full details of all PG funding awards.

If you are an overseas students who is successful in the M4C or ESRC competitions, Warwick University will make up the shortfall between the home fees paid by the studentships and the international fees charged by the university, so that you are not out of pocket.

Postgraduate research funding

AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP Studentships 2021/2022 - deadline noon 12 January 2022

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for the UK and International Applicants

93 studentships are available as part of the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership for Home and international applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3.5 years. The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

The History Department will select outstanding candidates to nominate for these award competitions. To allow sufficient time for us to consider your application and to work with you to develop it prior to the final closing dates for submission of written materials we ask that you make contact with a potential supervisor, or the PG Research Director Mark Knights at as soon as you can. To search for a potential supervisor in the Department by their specialism, click here. For more information about why you might want to study with us click here and there is further information about our research culture on the department webpages accessible from here. We very much look forward to receiving your inquiries and would encourage potential applications from a broad and diverse range of students.

The AHRC M4C competition includes an interview, and selected candidates will be asked to make themselves available on 18 January 2022, with 19 January as a reserve.

Please note that in addition to the 'Open Competition' studentships, enabling students to suggest any topic of interest to them, there is also a Collaborative Doctoral Award: a partnership with the History of Parliament to research 'Contested Sexualities: Love, Desire and the Institution of Parliament in the Long Nineteenth Century'. For details click here. The application process is set out here.

There is a Writing Applications Workshop on 13 November, designed to guide prospective students through the process - details about how to sign up (by 12 November) are here.


Applications are now open. The deadline for M4C funding applications is 12 January 2022 (noon), by which time applicants must also have applied for a place to study at Warwick and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form. Guidance, eligibility and applications to be made via the M4C website.

GREAT Scholarships - deadline 1 June 2022

Ghana | Indonesia | Kenya | Mexico | Sri Lanka
WBS (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand)

The University of Warwick is pleased to announce that this year it will be offering six scholarships, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign to pursue postgraduate study on specific masters level courses. The awards are worth £15,000 each for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Eligibility: Masters applicants from the countries listed above with overseas fee status

Value: £15,000 towards academic fees

Deadline: 1 June 2022

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship - 12 January 2022

Warwick are pleased to announce that we have four prestigious Wolfson Foundation Scholarships to offer to the very best PhD applicants for an October 2022 start. Wolfson scholarships support doctoral study in History, Literature and Language subjects.

Wolfson scholarships are for three years full-time or approximately six years part-time. The level of award for applicants starting in October 2022 will be £30,250 per annum (full-time, or pro-rata at 60% for part-time) for three years. Fees and research costs must be met from the award. UK and international applicants are welcomed. The scholarship can only be used to pay for the home level of fees, not the international level of fees. The shortfall can usually be paid for by agreement with your department, but this cannot always be guaranteed. If you are offered a Wolfson Scholarship, this will be made clear at the time of the offer.

How to apply:

Almost all our Wolfson applicants are also eligible to apply for a Midlands4Cities scholarship and we will automatically consider all our subject-eligible M4C applicants for a Wolfson scholarship. If you wish to be considered for a Wolfson Scholarship, please apply for a M4C scholarship. There is no separate application and no need to ask to be considered; all eligible applications will automatically be entered for the Wolfson competition. If you are ineligible to apply for a M4C scholarship, please get in touch with us at to discuss how you can apply for a Wolfson Scholarship; we will only consider a separate application if you are ineligible for a M4C scholarship.

Deadline: 12 January 2022

Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Parliamentary Archives: Applications now open! - 12 January 2022

Parliamentary archives

Applications for a fully-funded collaborative doctoral award are now open. The award funded by the AHRC via the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will start in October 2022. The Department of History has partnered with the Parliamentary Archives to offer a project on 'Contested sexualities: love, desire and the institution of Parliament in the long nineteenth century'. In addition to the PhD research, the successful candidate will also gain experience and training in contributing to outreach activities, public engagement and diversity work for the Parliamentary Archives in London and in the Midlands. For more information please contact Professor Sarah Richardson and see here.

Deadline: 12 January 2022

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships 2021/2022 - Tuesday 18th January 2022

The Midlands Graduate School DTP makes an annual award of a large number of studentships to outstanding applicants across the Social Sciences. Information on the different projects available and how to apply will be published in early February 2022 on the Collaborative and Joint Studentships page.

The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some have a built-in element of collaboration. The studentships are linked to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training pathways, and some have a built-in element of collaboration. A Masters is not a prerequisite for studying at the Midlands Graduate School DTP.

A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs. Economic and social history is defined very broadly, and if you are in any doubt as to whether your intended project falls within the remit of the ESRC, please contact

Open Competition

All information regarding the open competition has been updated on the MGS website: This closing date for student-led Open Competition applications is Tuesday 18th January 2022.

Supervisor-led Collaborative & Joint Competitions

Those academics wishing to submit a Collaborative Studentship proposal should do so using the attached ‘Collaborative Studentship 2022 Application Form’. Those academics wishing to submit a Joint Studentship proposal should do so using the attached ‘Joint Studentship 2022 Application Form’.

Prior to applying for either competition, applicants must ensure they read the ‘Guidance Notes for Academic Applicants for Joint and Collaborative Studentships’.

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment with ‘ESRC DTP Collaborative Application’ or ‘ESRC DTP Joint Application’ (depending on the competition you are applying for) in the subject line to the ESRC DTP office: by the deadline of Tuesday 16th November 2021.

Details of both calls along with the application forms can also be found online at: This is a password protected page with the login: 2022collabjointcall

Please also find attached:

Chancellor's International Scholarship - 2021/2022 - 20 January 2022

CIS will fund full-time tuition fees at the Overseas rate, as well as a UKRI level stipend and £5,000 RTSG. The scholarship will fund up to 3.5 years of PhD study.

All Overseas fee-paying students are eligible for this scholarship, meaning they must be deemed as an ‘Overseas’ fee payer by PG Admissions. Both new students and 1st year PhD students are eligible for the scholarship.

Please note: The eligibility for this competition will enable all International and EU applicants to be considered for a scholarship.

Before submitting your application, please contact either your potential supervisor or the PGR Director to discuss how to make your application as strong as possible. Details of staff members' research interests and expertise can be found here. 

Deadline: 20 January 2022

China Scholarship Council - University of Warwick Scholarships - 2021/2022 entry - 1 February 2022, 23.59 GMT

Up to 25 joint-funded PhD scholarships will be offered in collaboration with China Scholarships Council.

Awards made for entry in Autumn 2021 will include the following: The University will cover the full payment of overseas tuition fees for the duration of the CSC funding period; China Scholarships Council will provide a maintenance stipend and return international airfare between the UK and China for successful applicants. Successful candidates will be required to return to China after completing their PhD. Applicants must check their eligibility criteria set out by the CSC.

Deadline: 1 February 2022, 23.59 GMT

Richard and Anne Crossman Memorial Scholarship

This doctoral scholarship honours the memory of Richard Crossman and Anne McDougall Crossman. It will be awarded to an outstanding doctoral candidate accepted for admission in October 2022. The Scholarship covers Home fees and also provides an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate for 3.5 years. There is no separate application process and the department will review outstanding applications from across different fields.

Please contact Professor Mark Knights ( if you would like any more information about this scholarship.

One of our awarded students, Natalie Hanley-Smith, said:

"I knew that I wanted to go on to do a PhD before I had finished my MA, but I was in a position where I could not continue without funding. I was very fortunate to be awarded a Crossman Scholarship to support me financially while I did my PhD: the award allowed me to continue to pursue my interests while also providing for my young family.

The scholarship includes a fee waiver and a decent stipend which is paid monthly for 3.5 years. This stability enabled me to prioritise my research without feeling the pressure to find other sources of income. Being selected for this scholarship was also the deciding factor that made me choose to undertake my doctoral studies at Warwick.

The history department boasts a very supportive community of staff and students and being there also opened up so many opportunities that I might not otherwise have had access to, including running my own conference, conducting research in archives and libraries abroad, and the chance to gain teaching experience. I would highly recommend applying for the departmental scholarships to any prospective students."


This award will be offered for students beginning their doctoral studies in the 2022-23 academic year. There is no separate application process, since a departmental committee will review all applications to the department.

Warwick Industrial Fellowships and Warwick Collaborative Fellowships (Previously WCPRS)

The guidance sets out how the Warwick Industrial Fellowships (WIF) and Warwick Collaborative Fellowships (WCF) schemes will work.

Please contact the Doctoral College or Faculty contact if you have further questions.

Please note that external collaborators need to supply 10-25% of the funding.

Please see more information about the Warwick Industrial Fellowships and Warwick Collaborative Fellowships.

Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhD Scholarships - 20th January 2022

There are up to three scholarships available for entry in Autumn 2021/22. Awards will cover tuition fees; a stipend at the UKRI rate for two years spent at Warwick, and one year funded at the Australian Government rate; and a travel allowance of £2000 over the course of 3 years. It is essential that nominees for these scholarships are applying to one of the Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhDs to begin in Autumn 2021. There is no nationality criteria for these scholarships, and applicants may be from any discipline where the Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhD is offered. Students currently enrolled on a PhD or MPhil/PhD at the University of Warwick will not be eligible to apply.

Deadline: 20th January 2022 23:59 GMT

Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships - this year's competition will be announced shortly

We are offering up to two fully-funded scholarships. Awards made for entry in October 2021 will include the following:

  • Length of funding: 4 years
  • The full payment of academic fees
  • Research Training and Support Grant of £5,000 (one-off)
  • Value covers a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (£15,285 for full-time award holders in 2021/22)


1st March 2021, 23:59 GMT

Postgraduate Masters funding

History Department MA Bursaries

The Department of History is offering three MA Inclusion Grants of £1000 each, one of which is reserved for a BME student who did, or is doing, a History or History joint honours BA at Warwick. The bursaries are designed to widen access to postgraduate studies for students who come from diverse social, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Applicants should make a case, in up to 750 words, explaining:

  • why they would like to be considered
  • which MA programme they have applied for
  • a possible thesis topic
  • a CV (max. one side of A4)
  • and how they fit the inclusion criteria outlined above

Candidates should send these materials to and should ensure that they have also applied to one of the History Department’s MA courses. The grant will take the form of a discount from the standard MA fee.


extended to Monday 2 August 2022

Li Xiaoming Scholarship

A scholarship for a one year taught masters in memory of Li Xiaoming.

Eligibility: Chinese citizens, Masters applicants in any subject

Value: up to £20,000 towards tuition fees

Deadline: 2022 entry to be announced

Wellcome Trust Master’s Studentship in History of Medicine

As part of their commitment to building an influential and diverse population of future researchers in humanities and social sciences, the Wellcome Trust have provided the Centre for the History of Medicine, based in Warwick’s History Department, with a number of studentships which cover full fees (at UK/EU rate) and a living allowance for one year of taught study on our MA in the History of Medicine. Applicants should be committed to building a career relevant to the themes covered by the Wellcome Trust’s Humanities and Social Science Schemes.

Competitive applicants will have a clear idea as to their Master’s research project and how this will lead to doctoral study or other careers in the field. Potential for synergy with ongoing research and activity in the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick would also be highly desirable. Applicants for 2021-22 are encouraged to express their interest and discuss potential applications by contacting Professor Mathew Thomson:

Application information and deadlines In addition to submitting an application to the University of Warwick for a place on the MA in the History of Medicine, applicants should supply the following documents:

  • A document (maximum 750 words) explaining: i) why they are attracted to the History of Medicine MA at Warwick; ii) why they feel they are qualified for study in this area (for instance prior study in related fields); iii) their preliminary ideas for an MA dissertation, and iv) the relationship to longer-term aims for doctoral study or career development.
  • A CV (max. one side of A4) including degree classification or likely result and marks to date.
  • One piece of previously completed academic work (essay or dissertation) that provides an indication of your academic strengths.
  • Candidates should send these materials to Deadline: 1 July 2022 (23.59 GMT).

    Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships - this year's competition will be announced shortly

    We are offering up to three fully-funded scholarships. Awards made for entry in October 2021 will include the following:

    • Length of funding: 1 year
    • The full payment of academic fees
    • Value covers a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (£15,285 for full-time award holders in 2021/22)


    15th March 2022, 23:59 GMT

    Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme (WTMSS)

    The University of Warwick will be offering the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme to support eligible postgraduate students. Awards are set at up to £10,000 per student and available to eligible Home fee status students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate taught masters course.

    For further information see Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme.



    Government Masters Degree Loans

    The government may offer loans to students undertaking an eligible masters course.

    See the Postgraduate Loans for Masters Courses page for further details.