Wolfson Scholarships

Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

The Wolfson Foundation seeks to support excellence.

Drawing on its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation is offering three postgraduate research awards in the humanities - these will be for three areas in history, literature and languages. 

For the 2016/17 academic year, the Faculty has agreed to match the funds and so six awards will be offered in total.

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally, the successful students would aspire to an academic career.


Please note: only UK/EU applicants are eligible.

Wolfson Scholarships will be available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation’s interests: history, literature and languages.

The awards are available for doctoral research only, and will be paid over three years (or up to six years part time). For full-time students, it is expected that students complete their doctorate in three years.

Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.

Awards are for students beginning their doctoral study at the start of the academic year 2016/17.

Level of award

Each student starting in 2016/17 will receive a total of £82,998, which equates to £27,666 per annum.

The funding available covers a stipend, fees and a research allowance.

Definition of subject disciplines

The three disciplines that the programme covers may be broadly defined. 

  1. History - As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology. 
  2. Literature - As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory or film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e. g. translation of literature to screen).
  3. Languages Research will be in applied languages rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, where these are in languages other than English.

Point of contact

Candidates should inform the Departmental Graduate Tutor that they would like to be considered for the Wolfson scholarship and should also check their own department's application procedure.

Departmental Graduate Tutors should send nominations (normally no more than three for any one subject discipline and up to a maximum of six per department/unit) to the Faculty Office (d.herrera@ucl.ac.uk).

Nominations should include an indication of the subject discipline most relevant, the full UCL PhD application form, a research proposal of no more than 1000 words, and a letter from the proposed supervisor confirming that they are willing to supervise the specific project outlined.


Departmental Graduate Tutors should send nominations to the Faculty Office (d.herrera@ucl.ac.uk) by Monday 8 February 2016.

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