Doctoral funding

London Arts and Humanities Partnership

The School of Advanced Study is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAPH), through which it offers a number of research studentships in humanities disciplines.

How to apply: To apply for a London Arts and Humanities Partnership studentship, you must first have applied to study at SAS. For a list of the subjects for which PhD supervision is offered, please click here. For further details, please visit the website of the SAS institute offering the course. Application instructions can be accessed here.

After you have applied to study at SAS, complete the LAHP studentship application, which can be accessed here.

Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship

The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. The scholarship is available to postgraduate students of UK universities which have the Editex scholarship listed in their scholarship pages. Applications will open on 1 July and close on 30 November each year. See full details about the Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship [Word].

SAS Hardship Grant

The SAS Hardship Grant provides discretionary financial assistance for all students – particularly to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The Fund is intended to alleviate financial hardship. You can apply for help from the Fund at any time during the academic year. View/download SAS Hardship Grant application form [Word Doc], and the SAS Hardship Grant application form for training and research [Word Doc].

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand) are offered for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities. 

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact. For more information and details to how to apply, visit their website by clicking here.

Institute- and Course-Specific Funding

The teaching institutes of the School offer a number of bursaries and awards for applicants who have been offered and have accepted a place on one of their degree programmes. These range from small bursaries to fee waivers and full studentships. Please check the relevant institute website for current deadlines.

MPhil/PhD: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

The Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentships for new MPhil/PhD research students was established to honour Madam Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The studentships provide a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time tuition fee, depending on the applicants' individual financial circumstances. Full-time students will be funded for three years and will be expected to submit their dissertation or thesis in the fourth year. An equivalent timescale will apply for part time students; this is usually expected to be seven years, with the student submitting their dissertation or thesis in the eighth year. In 2016-17, up to two full-time and two part-time studentships will be available. Successful applicants will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They will have outstanding research proposals and genuine and demonstrable interest in being supervised by a member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies faculty. For more information,click here.

MPhil/PhD: Institute of English Studies 

The Institute of English Studies offers one bursary of £1,000 per year (the bursary is pro-rated for part-time study). Application is invited from overseas (non-EU) students only, and may be made as part of their course application. The bursaries are awarded on the basis of submitted written work.  For more information, click here.

PhD: Institute of Historical Research

The Institute of Historical Research administers The Mercers’ Company Studentship for Doctoral Research on the History of London. This award provides £45,000 (£15,000 per year for full-time study over three years, or pro rata for part-time students over a maximum of five years). It is sponsored by the Mercers’ Company, the premier livery company of the City of London, which has a distinguished 700-year history. The area of research should be relevant to the history of London in any period from the medieval to the modern (both ‘history’ and ‘London’ defined in the widest sense). The scheme is open to UK and EU students only. For more information, click here.

Institute of Modern Languages Research

Applications are invited for the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Scholarship (Fees and Stipend) from suitably qualified candidates who wish to focus their research on German-speaking exile, preferably in the UK. Topics may include literature, politics, history, sociology, migration, or the arts. Applications for research based on the archival holdings of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR (e.g. the papers of the Anglo-Austrian Society or those of the writer and broadcaster Robert Lucas) would be particularly welcome. A working knowledge of German would be advantageous.

The award, which is funded by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust, provides the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home/EU tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), beginning in October 2016, plus maintenance of £15,000 (full-time) or £7,500 (part-time).

For further information, click here (second tab).

MPhil/PhD: Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute accepts applications from research students for bursaries that offset some or all of the cost of student fees and, occasionally, maintenance costs. There is no fixed award and applications are considered by the Bursaries Committee of the Institute on the basis of individual student financial need. The bursaries are funded by the generosity of the American Friends of the Warburg Institute, the Saxl Fund, and the Warburg Charitable Trust.  For more information, click here.