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History Department PhD Studentships

History Department PhD Studentships are offered by the Department on a competative basis. The number of such studentships available each year and the details of the application process are usually announced in November or December.


All applicants for a History Department PhD Studentships should first apply for admission to the History Department using the University's online application process at Applicants who need advice about the suitability of their proposed topic should either contact a relevant member of the History Department directly by email (please see the academic staff list) or get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Mark Knights (


A fee waiver for three and a half years equal to the value of the University’s standard Home/EU fee (Overseas students will be required to pay the difference between the Home/EU fee and the Overseas fee) plus an annual stipend of £14,002 for three and a half years (this may increase each year in line with inflation). If a History Department PhD Studentship holder is unable to complete their PhD within three and a half years and therefore extends their period of study, the stipend cannot be extended beyond the three and a half years to match.


History Department PhD Studentship holders are expected to undertake the teaching of two undergraduate seminar groups (including attending the module's lectures, formative assessment marking and feedback, and a weekly office hour for student queries) for one full academic year, or the equivalent time in teaching-support activities, during one of the years of the studentship as part of the studentship arrangements. The exact details of the teaching or teaching-support activities will be determined by the Head of Department, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the student's PhD Supervisor. History Department PhD Studentship holders are only eligible to apply for paid teaching in the Department after they have completed the teaching or teaching-support that is required as part of the studentship.


Any new MPhil/PhD candidate in any field of study suitable for supervision by the History Department.