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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 information about 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 Graduate School Office Scholarships and Funding Portal.
Please visit this website for details of other PG funding awards.

Previous Successful Funding Applications

Funding available for MA Study

History Department MA Bursary *New for January 2019*

The department is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a bursary to an outstanding student applying for entry in 2019/20.

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 funding. Please also upload 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: 21st April 2019

Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme (WTMSS)

The University of Warwick is pleased to launch the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme to support eligible postgraduate students in 2019/20.

Value: The scholarships are valued at up to £10,000 and will be paid as a contribution towards tuition fees.

Eligibility: Available to eligible Home/EU students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate masters course in 2019/20.

For further information see: Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme

Deadline: 1st April 2019 (16:00 hrs). Applications for 2019/20 entry are now open.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships - competition now closed

The Midlands Graduate School (MGS), led by the University of Warwick, has recently been accredited as a Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund History doctoral and, in some cases, 1+3 (PhD with integrated Masters) students. To be considered for an award, you should complete a University online application form and a separate ESRC application.

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 the Graduate School on

Deadline for October 2019 applications: Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Wellcome Trust Masters Award

CHM Deadline for Preliminary Wellcome Trust MA Award applications: 12 noon 20th May 2019.

Please see the Centres webpage for futher information.

Government Masters Degree Loans

Government loans of up to £10,609 are avaialble to candidates applying for October 2019 admission to UK taught MA degree courses. Details of the application procedure, eligibility criteria and repayment terms are at

Warwick Taught Sanctuary Scholarships

For 2019/20 the university will offer up to two fully funded scholarships for postgraduate taught students to support refugee, humanitarian protection and asylum seeking students in the UK.

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

Application deadline: 1st April 2019

Li Xiaoming Scholarships

There is one scholarship to be awarded. The Scholarship for the 2019/20 academic year is worth up to £20,000 (payment of up to £20,000 towards tuition fees).

For full details of the scheme, please see here.

Application deadline:1st April 2019

Funding available for MPhil/PhD

AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP Studentships - competition now closed.

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 7th of January 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place, by skype, on the 15th, 17th and 18th of January, with further details 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.

Department of History Doctoral Scholarships - competition now closed.

The Department is pleased to announce that it will be awarding up to three scholarships to outstanding doctoral candidates applying for October 2019 admission. The awards will cover Home-EU fees and provide an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate for 3.5 years. Please note that History Department PhD Studentship holders are encouraged to undertake the teaching of two undergraduate seminar groups, or the equivalent time in teaching support activity, during one of the years of the studentship as part of the studentship arrangements, typically in the second year. These scholarships are available to both Home/EU and overseas candidates applying for full-time study in any field suitable for supervision by the Department. (Overseas awardees will be required to cover the balance of their tuition fees for three years.)

In order to be considered for a departmental doctoral award, you must submit a University online application form by 18 January 2019. No separate application form is required - you will be asked to indicate your interest in these awards as part of the main University admission application process.

Please contact the PGR Director if you would like to discuss the suitability of your proposed research topic.

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships - competition now closed.
The University of Warwick is proud to be offering four Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities for entry in the 2018/19 academic year.The scholarships are available for doctoral research only, 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: £28,000 per annum to cover full fees, maintenance stipend, research and training costs.
Accepted departments: Centre for the Study of Renaissance; Classics and Ancient History; English and Comparative Literary Studies; Film and Television Studies; French; German; Hispanic; Italian; History; History of Art; Philosophy (course dependent)

Please find further information here and search for 'Wolfson':

Deadline: 14th January 2019. Competition now closed.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships - competition now closed.

The Midlands Graduate School (MGS), led by the University of Warwick, has recently been accredited as a Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund History doctoral students.

To be considered for an award, you should complete an University online application form and a separate ESRC application form by
Tuesday 22 January 2019 (23:59 GMT). Full details of the studentships available and the two-part 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 under the remit of the ESRC, please contact the PGR Director.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 22 January 2019. Competition now closed.

University Scholarships - competition now closed.

Applicants for the MPhil/PhD programme in History are encouraged to apply for Chancellor's International Scholarships. 

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: 18th January 2019. Competition now closed.

China Scholarship Council - University of Warwick Scholarships - Autumn 2019/20 entry
These scholarships will provide the student with funding for 3 years; the university will cover the full cost of tuition fees with the China Scholarship Council providing a maintensance stipend and return international airfare between the UK and China.

Applicants must check their eligbility criteria set out by the CSC ( They must hold a People's Republic of China passport and either be permanently resident in China or studying overseas. Where students have prior experience of studying overseas (including the UK) it is important that they must check eligibility rules on the website listed above. this includes current 1st year PhD students.
Deadline: Tuesday 5th February 2019

Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award - competition now closed.

PhD Studentship

“The role of the global south in the access-to-medicines movement”

The University of Warwick invite applications for one fully funded PhD studentship. This three-year PhD research programme forms part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award “What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health” (Dr Sarah Hodges, Principal Investigator).

The studentship will commence in autumn 2019.

Review of applications will begin 18 January 2019. Competition now closed.

The Research

Today, the idea that fake drugs threaten global health has become almost common-sensical. Often, these concerns are voiced in relation to how, for example, Africans’ already poor health is further imperiled by fake Indian drugs. Yet a close look at the scientific literature behind these claims reveals unexpectedly weak evidence. The project “What’s at stake in the fake?” responds to this puzzle by critically re-examining our collective common-sense about fake drugs and global health. Initial research suggests that worries about fake drugs are strongly rooted in social, and not just pharmacological, relations. When the world’s supply of life-saving drugs is beset by worries about safety, governments and citizens face difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. This project’s historical and ethnographic enquiries seek to understand the emergence and circulation of worries about fake drugs for global health, as well as to understand these worries’ effects.

This PhD will investigate the people, technologies and networks of the access-to-medicines movement, particularly as this movement emerged across the global south in the final decades of the twentieth century and gathered pace in the twenty-first century. It will make a significant contribution to the history and anthropology of pharmaceuticals and global health. In particular, it will explore both the successes of and the tensions within global south alliances that emerged to address the impact of new intellectual property laws (TRIPS) on access to low-cost medicines. It will also explore if, and to what extent, the global south’s access-to-medicines movement changed the language and practices of anti-counterfeit policing within global health. Finally, it will explore the connections and contrasts between histories of advocacy for essential drugs, on the one hand, and the access-to-medicines movement on the other hand.

The student will consider these questions through examining archival records located across the globe as well as through conducting oral history interviews.


The PhD will be supervised by Dr Sarah Hodges (Department of History, University of Warwick). The successful candidate will also benefit from being part of a dynamic international research team of anthropologists, historians and global health experts based in the UK, India, South Africa, Tanzania and the Netherlands. The selected student will be expected to participate in the project’s regular international project team meetings.


The studentship will cover home fees (full time) and a stipend for UK or EU students. Overseas students may also be eligible.

Successful applicants normally will have achieved at least a 2:i or equivalent in an undergraduate degree and will be working towards or have completed a master’s qualification (or similar postgraduate qualification) with Distinction.

The stipend rate for full-time students in 2019/20 will be matched to the Research Council Doctoral Stipend rate, which is £14,777 for 2018/19 and will increase each year in line with the GDP deflator.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV, writing sample (of not more than 10,000 words) and cover letter outlining your suitability for the project and detailing the ways in which you would like to address the themes of the project to Sarah Hodges (

Your application should be accompanied by two academic letters of reference from those acquainted with your university career to be sent by email to the same address.

Competition now closed.

Informal inquiries are warmly encouraged. Direct these to Dr Sarah Hodges (

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Other sources of funding
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Commonwealth citizens (and British protected persons) normally resident in a Commonwealth country other than the UK are eligible to apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) programme, which pays university fees, return travel, an allowance for books and research travel, and personal maintenance.

For more information on CSC (Commonwealth Scholarship Commission) funding please see Details. CSFP funding is available at: