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Funding for Postgraduate Research Studies

Funding for Postgraduate Research 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.Link opens in a new window 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 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.

Chancellor's International Scholarship - 2023/2024

For 2023/24 entry we expect to allocate up to £5 million in Chancellor's International Scholarships. There will be up to 42 Chancellor's International Scholarships available to be awarded to the most outstanding International PhD applicants.

Eligibility: Overseas fee status PhD applicants and first year PhD students from all academic departments

Value: Awards made for entry in Autumn 2023 will include the following:

  • The full payment of tuition fees
  • A maintenance stipend paid at the prevailing UKRI rate for 3.5 years
    • If you are already in your first year of study when you apply then the length of funding will be reduced accordingly.
  • A Research, Training and Supporting Grant (RTSG) of £5,000.

Before submitting your application, please contact either your potential supervisorLink opens in a new window or the PGR DirectorLink opens in a new window to discuss how to make your application as strong as possible. Details of staff members' research interests and expertise can be found here. 

For full details and eligibility, please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/dc/schols_fund/scholarships_and_funding/cis

Course Application Deadline - 12 December 2022 23:59 (GMT)

Scholarship Application Deadline - 14 December 2022 23:59 (GMT)

Supporting Document Deadline - 5 January 2023 23:59 (GMT)

AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP Studentships

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for the UK and International Applicants

Through our Open Doctoral and Collaborative Doctoral Awards, Midlands4Cities will fund and support outstanding research for up to 60 doctoral researchers across the breadth of Arts and Humanities starting in October 2023. We support discipline-based and interdisciplinary research and creative practice projects. M4C studentships can be undertaken full-time and part-time.

A full-time Open Doctoral Award receives 3.5 years funding as standard; a full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award receives 4 years funding (a maximum of 7 years and 8 years respectively for part-time study). 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 Prof Mark Knights at m.j.knights@warwick.ac.uk as soon as you can.

To search for a potential supervisor in the Department by their specialism, click hereLink opens in a new window. For more information about why you might want to study with us click hereLink opens in a new window, and there is further information about our research culture on the department webpages accessible from hereLink opens in a new window. We very much look forward to receiving your inquiries and would encourage potential applications from a broad and diverse range of students.

Some Departmental tips for M4C applicants.

Interviews are likely to be held from 16th -18th January 2023.

An Application Writing Workshop for candidates will be run at Coventry University, 10:00-13:00 on 19th November 2022. It will cover both the open competition and CDA applications and we would strongly encourage any applicants to attend. The booking form is available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cadre/applicants/m4capplicationsworkshop/

The workshop is not intended to cover basic information on the application process, which is available here: Apply - M4C (midlands4cities.ac.uk) 

Deadline: 11th January 2023 at 12:00noon (GMT)

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 11th January 2023 by which time applicants must also have applied for a place to study at WarwickLink opens in a new window 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 websiteLink opens in a new window.

Lord Leycester HospitalAHRC Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA): Almshouse, Guild and Town Community: The Lord Leycester Hospital in its Urban Setting

Applications now open for fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and maintenance) between University of Warwick and the Lord Leycester Hospital

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (fees and maintenance) to be held at the Department of History, University of Warwick and the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. The studentship is funded through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and will start in October 2023. The Department of History has partnered with the Lord Leycester Hospital to offer a project on ‘Almshouse, Guild and Town Community: The Lord Leycester Hospital in its Urban Setting’. In addition to the PhD research the successful candidate will also gain experience and training in contributing to outreach and public engagement activities, including developing an exhibition.

In 2020, the Hospital secured a 3.8 million National Lottery Grant for restoration of the Grade I and II listed buildings, along with other improvements and engagement activities. This will include the creation of four new museum and exhibition spaces exploring and showcasing the Hospital’s 700-year history.

The project will be supervised jointly by Dr Naomi Pullin (Warwick), Professor Beat Kümin (Warwick), and Dr Heidi Allen (Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital).

For more information about the project please contact Naomi Pullin (naomi.pullin@warwick.ac.uk) or Beat Kümin (b.kumin@warwick.ac.uk) and visit: https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/find-a-project/

An Application Writing Workshop for candidates will be run at Coventry University, 10:00-13:00 on 19th November 2022. It will cover both the open competition and CDA applications and we would strongly encourage any applicants to attend. The booking form is available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cadre/applicants/m4capplicationsworkshop/

Deadline: 11th January 2023 at 12:00noon (GMT)

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 11th January 2023 by which time applicants must also have applied for a place to study at WarwickLink opens in a new window 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 websiteLink opens in a new window.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships 2023/2024

The Midlands Graduate School DTP makes an annual award of a large number of studentships to outstanding applicants across the Social Sciences. 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. Students are able to apply directly from undergraduate programmes and we ring-fence a number of studentship awards for students applying straight from an undergraduate degree. A range of training programmes is available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs, including a 1+3 award option with a Masters continuing onto PhD study.

All studentships can be offered on a full or part time basis.

There are 17 training pathways available across the six universities in the DTP consortium. Not all pathways are available at all universities. You can use the lists below to browse pathways and institutions, or you can download a PDF grid summarising who offers each pathway (PDF Document).

If you are not sure which training pathway your proposed research project fits into please contact the pathway lead at the University you would like to study at.

For information on submitting an ESRC DTP scholarship application please visit our 'How to Apply' pagesLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window. Please also check your eligibility by visiting our Eligibility Requirements pageLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window to confirm whether you will be classed as a Home or International applicant under UKRI rules.

Deadline: Tuesday 24th January 2023 (11:59 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 2023/2024.

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. Applicants should ensure that an academic CV is included in the Warwick MPhil/PhD application.

Please contact Professor Mark Knights (M.J.Knights@warwick.ac.uk) 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."

Deadline: 11th January 2023 at 12:00noon (GMT)

There is no separate application process, since a departmental committee will review all applications to the department submitted by the deadline above. Applicants should please ensure that an academic CV is included in the Warwick MPhil/PhD application.

China Scholarship Council - University of Warwick Scholarships - 2023/2024

We're pleased to offer up to 30 joint funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with China Scholarships Council. Awards made for entry in Autumn 2023 will include the following:

  • The University will cover the full payment of overseas tuition fees for the duration of the CSC funding period and a stipend enhancement;
  • 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:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria set out by the CSC.
  • Hold a Peoples Republic of China Passport (applicants from Hong Kong or Taiwan are not eligible) and either be permanently resident in China or studying overseas. Those working overseas are not eligible.
    Where students have prior experience of studying overseas (including the UK) it is important to check eligibility rules on the China Scholarship Council website, this includes Current 1st year PhD students and those in year '1' of a 1+3.
  • Hold an unconditional* offer for a full time PhD at the University of Warwick commencing in October 2023.
    *Outstanding conditions accepted by CSC are; completion of a degree or ATAS.

Course Application Deadline - 16th January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Scholarship Application Deadline - 18th January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Supporting Document Deadline - 1st February 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhD Scholarships 2023/2024

Awards made for entry in Autumn 2023 will include both of the following:

  • The full payment of academic fees
  • A maintenance stipend for 3.5 years. This will be paid at the prevailing UKRI rate for the years spent at Warwick, and in line with Australian government rates for the year spent at Monash
  • Travel allowance of £2000 during the lifetime of the PhD
  • Length of funding: 3.5 years

Applicants must:

Course Application Deadline - 9th January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Scholarship Application Deadline - 11th January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Supporting Document Deadline - 18th January 2023 (23:59 GMT)

Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships - Awaiting Details for 23/24 entry

Further details are due to be published in late November 2022.

For full details and eligibility criteria, please see: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/dc/schols_fund/scholarships_and_funding/sanctuary

Deadline: TBC

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship - There will be no Wolfson Scholarships available for entry in 2022/2023

Government Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.