Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

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.

Previous Departmental Successful Funding Applications 
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.

AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP Studentships 2021/2022

These 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 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.

The AHRC M4C competition includes an interview, and we guarantee to interview all candidates who have submitted their complete applications by the 8th of January 2021. Interviews will take place online on 19th January 2020, with further details and times to follow.

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

Deadline: The deadline for M4C funding applications is 13 January 2021 (noon), by which time applicants must also have applied for a place to study at their chosen lead institution 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

AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Science Museums and Archives Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme -

Colonial science and military service: The West India Regiments and circum-Atlantic networks of knowledge, c.1815-c.1900

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available at the University of Warwick’s Department of History, in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, through the AHRC’s Science Museums and Archives Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.


Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship exploring the role of the West India Regiments in projects of circum-Atlantic colonial science, particularly exploration, botany and ethnology, in the nineteenth-century British Empire. Sitting at the interface of histories of science, empire and the military, the project also seeks to contribute to the ‘decolonisation’ of scholarly collections and academic knowledge. This is because the West India Regiments occupy a unique place in the history of British Empire in that they were a regular part of the British army but were almost entirely comprised of men of African descent.


The PhD studentship is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Science Museums and Archives Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. It will be supervised by Professor David Lambert and Dr James Poskett at the University of Warwick’s Department of History and by Dr Catherine Souch and Dr Sarah L. Evans at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG), with additional support from Kiri Ross-Jones at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The PhD will begin in October 2021.

More details about the project and how to apply here

Chancellor's International Scholarship - 2021/2022

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 interest and expertise can be found here. 

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

Deadline for applications: 23rd January 2021 23:59 GMT

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships 2021/2022

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 published in early February 2021 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.

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 applications: Tuesday 26 January 2021 (23:59 GMT).

ESRC DTP Joint Studentship: 'Punishment and the State in Kenya, since 1950

ESRC DTP Joint Studentship: 'Punishment and the State in Kenya, since 1950' at Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership (

Punishment and the State in Kenya, since 1950

This project is a study of the penal regime in Kenya, in the context of the practice of punishment as administered through state agencies (police, judiciary, prisons), covering the period from 1950 to the present day. It will research colonial practices and their transformation during the Mau Mau Emergency of the 1950s, and evaluate the legacy of that critical event upon the penal system in independent Kenya (from 1964). The project will chart the institutional history of Kenya’s post-colonial prison system, relating this to wider patterns of state punishments. We know that prisons have been a neglected institution within government across all African countries since the 1960s, and that Kenya’s prison population is amongst the largest on the continent. Kenya’s punishment regime is thought by other countries to be ‘harsh’: the Kenyan state has, at times, sanctioned extra-judicial forms of punishment. How can we explain these characteristics? Is Kenya’s current prison system a product of its colonial heritage of insurgency and repression, or are other factors more significant in shaping state punishments today?

The project will combine archival research (in Kenya and the UK), with oral history research to be conducted in Kenya. The project also closely relates to current debates regarding prison reform in Africa, offering opportunities for an impact element in the research. Alongside their academic work, the student will be encouraged to write and publish on this (in shorter format) during the final year of the project, when they will also take a lead role in the organisation of a research workshop on penal policy in Africa.

Applicants should have strong BA degree in History, or a cognate discipline, and must be able to demonstrate a familiarity with archival research. Knowledge of oral history and its methodology would be an advantage. Applicants may have completed a Masters degree by September 2021, but those without a Masters can be considered for a 1+3 award.

Application Process

  • Application deadline: Applications much reach us by 5.00 pm, Friday 26 February.
  • Interviews: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Monday 8 March.

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

Our ESRC studentships cover fees at home rate, maintenance stipend, extensive support for research training, and research activity support grants (available to home and international applicants). For details, visit:

Informal enquiries prior to application can be directed to Professor David M. Anderson

Warwick Industrial Fellowships and Warwick Collaborative Fellowships (Previously WCPRS)
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 here.

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

Deadlines: TBC

Wellcome Trust 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:

Please see the Centre for the History of Medicine webpage for further information.

Deadline: 2nd March 2021 (however your final application will need to be ready a week ahead of this to provide time for necessary institutional approval of the application)

China Scholarship Council - University of Warwick Scholarships - 2021/2022 entry

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.
For full details please see:
Applicants must check their eligibility criteria set out by the CSC (
Deadline: 23rd January 2021 23:59 GMT

Monash Warwick Alliance Joint PhD Scholarships

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 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: 23rd January 2021 23:59 GMT

Warwick Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships

Postgraduate Taught students

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)

Postgraduate Research students

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)

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

PGR Application deadline: 1st March 2021, 23:59 GMT

PGT Application deadline: 15th March 2021, 23:59 GMT

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

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.

Government Masters Degree Loans

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

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

Chevening Scholarships - Competition now closed

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses – mostly one-year Master's degrees – at universities in the UK.

Applications for 2021/2022 are now open. Please see the website for further information.

Value: Covers fees and a Maintenance stipend

Eligibility: See 

Deadline: Applications for 2021/2022 Chevening Scholarships should be submitted by 12:00 GMT on 3 November 2020.

Fullbright-University of Warwick Award - Competition now closed

One Fulbright-University of Warwick Award will be offered to pursue a one-year Master’s degree programme (or the first year of a longer Master’s or PhD programme) in any subject. Covers full tuition fee and a £14,000 stipend towards general maintenance costs. Eligible for US citizens.

Applications are now Open for the 2021/22 awards.

Please see the Fulbright website, which details further information about How to Apply.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5pm Eastern Time.

Other sources of funding are detailed at: