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History MPhil/PhD Funding

The deadline for applications to most of our postgraduate funding schemes was 5 January 2018. Information about scholarship funding for courses beginning in September 2019 will be available towards the end of this calendar year.

Scholarships still open for application

The Richard Chattaway Scholarship

The Richard Chattaway Scholarship is awarded annually and pays £2000 towards postgraduate work (MPhil/PhD or MA) on the history of warfare in the modern period (preferably after 1870). Applicants should send an outline of their research, a CV and the names and contact details of two referees to the History Department’s Graduate Programmes Administrator

Deadline: 28 July 2018

Student Finance England doctoral loans

From 2018 Student Finance England, which administers undergraduate student loans, has introduced a new doctoral loan. Applications will open on 11 June 2018 for the 2018/19 academic year. As with the new postgraduate master's loan, the doctoral loan is intended to assist postgraduate students with course fees and living costs. Key details about the loan are as follows:

  • Students may borrow up to £25,000 for their entire course. This is not related to students' or their families' income.
  • The loan can only be used during the research years of the course (i.e. the first three years of a full-time PhD).
  • Payments are typically split into three across the year, coinciding with the UCL fee payment dates.
  • The loan is available only for programmes beginning after 1 August 2018 (so current PhD students may not apply for it). 
  • Students must be UK or EU nationals or have 'settled status' in order to apply for the loan.
  • Students must be under 60 years old to apply for the loan.
  • Repayments will begin the first April after leaving the course, or in the April 4 years after beginning the course.
  • Repayment will be at the level of 6% of income over £21,000 pa.

Aside from the UK/EU nationality and age requirements, the following students are NOT eligible to apply for the loan:

  • Students receiving Research Council funding
  • Students already in possession of a doctoral degree
  • Students who are behind in repayments of any previous loans from the Student Loans Company

You can find more information about doctoral loans on the UK Government's doctoral loan webpage, and on the UCL funding website.