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Funding Available for Postgraduate Study


We are delighted to support our students in seeking funding. Please see the list below for some specific sources of funding for which you might be eligible.

Applying for funding can appear confusing so please don’t hesitate to ask for help and advice. If you would like to discuss whether the Warwick History Department 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 by the deadlines listed below.

The information listed below is derived largely from the Doctoral College Scholarships and Funding Portal. Please visit this website for full details of all PG funding awards.
Previous Successful Funding Applications

History Department MA Bursary 2020/2021 - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

The department is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a bursary to an outstanding student applying for entry in 2020/2021.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline for the History Department MA bursary to Wednesday 20th May 2020. We recognise that applicants' ability to write their research proposals may have been adversely affected by the closure of archives and libraries. If this was the case, please indicate in the proposal what materials you would have otherwise consulted and how you have set about overcoming this research challenge.

The award will cover Home/EU fees and up to £10,000 stipend. All applicants will be considered. If you pay overseas fees the bursary will cover up to the value of home/EU fees.

Applicants must submit an online University application to be considered. Please indicate on your application form that you would like to be considered for History Department funding. Please also upload the following as supporting documents:

  • a one-page research proposal (outlining the subject, aims and methodology of your proposed MA dissertation)
  • an academic CV

As this is a new award, if you have already submitted your application and been offered a place, please email to supply your supporting documents (a one page research proposal and your academic CV as stated above).

Deadline: 22nd April 2020 20th May 2020

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Imperial War Museums - Legacies of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Activism and Politics in Central Kenya, 1956-75 - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

One fully funded doctoral studentship funded by the AHRC is available. The studentship is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Partnership programme with Imperial War Museums. The project will examine the aftermath and legacies of the Mau Mau insurgency and British counterinsurgency campaign for Kenya.

The studentship begins on 1 October 2020 and is fully funded at standard AHRC rates for 45 months full time (or part-time equivalent) with the potential to be extended for a further 3 months to provide professional development opportunities.

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA.

For full details please see: Legacies of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Activism and Politics in Central Kenya, 1956-75

Deadline: 30th April 2020 EXTENDED to 31st May 2020

Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme (WTMSS)

The University of Warwick will be offering the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme to support eligible postgraduate students in 2020/21. 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 in 2020/21.

For further information see: Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme


First round will launch on 1st March 2020 with a closing date of 1st April 2020

Second round will open on 1st May 2020 and close on 1st July 2020

Wellcome Trust Masters Award - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

The Centre for the History of Medicine 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)

Deadline: 20th May 2020

Please see the Centres webpage for further information.

Wellcome Trust PhD Funding - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

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:

Deadline: 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.

Please see the Centres webpage for further information.

Government Masters Degree Loans

For 2020-21, the government will offer a loan of up to £11,222 (subject to Parliamentary approval) to students undertaking an eligible masters course. See our Postgraduate Loans for Masters Courses page for further details.

Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

For 2020/21 the Doctoral College will offer up to two fully funded scholarships for postgraduate research students, and up to three fully funded scholarships for postgraduate taught students.

Full details of the scheme, deadlines, application process and eligibility criteria are available here.

PGR Application deadline: 23:59 (GMT) on 5th April 2020 (extended)

PGT Application deadline: 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 1 April 2020.

Li Xiaoming Scholarships - COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

The University of Warwick will offer one Li Xiaoming Scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic year, worth up to £20,000 (payment of up to £20,000 towards tuition fees).

For full details of the scheme and eligibility requirements, please see here.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020, 23.59 GMT

Department of History Doctoral Scholarships


Deadline: N/A

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships - Competition now closed for 2020/21 entry

The University of Warwick are proud to be offering four of the prestigious Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities for entry in the 2020/2021 academic year.

The scholarships are available for doctoral research, for a duration of three years, and in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation's interests: history, literature, and languages.

Fee status: Home/EU

Value: £28,750 per annum to cover full fees, maintenance stipend, research and training costs.

Accepted departments: Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants in the areas of History, Literature and Languages. Wolfson scholarships are not eligible to students where there is a co-supervision arrangement with another institution.

How to Apply: Please follow the same application process as for AHRC M4C scholarships. Candidates that are eligible will be selected and nominated for Wolfson scholarships from the M4C applications - you do not need to make a separate application or request.

Chancellor's International Scholarship - Competition now closed for 2020/21 entry

For 2020/21 entry there will be 30 Chancellor's International Scholarships available to be awarded to the most outstanding international PhD applicants.

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 interest and expertise can be found here. 

Full details of these awards are available via the link below:

Deadline for applications: 23:59pm (GMT) on Thursday 16th January 2020.

China Scholarship Council - University of Warwick Scholarships - Competition now closed for 2020/21 entry

The Doctoral College is pleased to offer up to 25 joint funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with China Scholarships Council.

Applicants must check their eligibility criteria set out by the CSC (
Deadline: Thursday 16th January 2020, 23.59 GMT

AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP Studentships - Competition now closed for 2020/21 entry 

These studentships are available as part of the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership for Home and EU applicants, covering maintenance and full tuition fees over 3.5 years.

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 us as soon as you can. The AHRC M4C competition includes an interview, and we guarantee to interview all candidates who have submitted their complete applications by the 9th of January 2020. Interviews will take place, by skype, on Friday 17th January 2020, with further details and dates to follow.

For more details see here.

Please note that although, formally, M4C awards to non-UK EU candidates will only cover fees, internal consortium arrangements are expected to enable full fees & maintenance to be awarded to non-UK candidates from the EU.

To search for a potential supervisor in the Department by their specialism, click here.

Guidance, eligibility and applications to be made via the M4C website.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships - Competition now closed for 2020/21 entry 

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. A range of training programmes are available based on an assessment of the applicant’s prior learning and training needs.

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

Full details of the studentships available and the application process are available at

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

Deadline for October 2020 applications: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (23:59 GMT)


Other sources of funding are detailed at: