UCL Institute of the Americas


Graduate Research Funding


The main sources of funding for postgraduate research at UCL Institute of the Americas are as follows:

Information on these funding schemes is given below, but please note:

  • All of these schemes require you to submit an application for admission to our doctoral programme at UCL. Apply for the Institute of the Americas Research Degree programme.
  • Before applying, always ensure that you have checked your eligibility for the particular funding scheme, and that your project fits the subject criteria
  • Your chances of success both in your application and in obtaining funding will be much diminished if you have not discussed your research plans in detail with your prospective supervisor. and candidates are strongly advised to get in touch with potential supervisors as early as possible.
  • All the information summaries provided below are sourced from websites external to the Institute. Whilst every effort is made to reflect updates to those external websites, you are encouraged to consult the original sources via the links provided.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship


UCL’s Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) is offered in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship and is intended to support BAME postgraduate research degree students. It is open to prospective students and current students. 

Application process: Prospective candidates must apply for admission to UCL’s doctoral programme ahead of the scholarship deadline. Please indicate in the funding section of your application form that you wish to be considered for this scholarship. Both prospective students and current students should contact the Institute of the Americas Teaching Administration Team (ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk) by the scholarship deadline to indicate that they wish to be considered for this scholarship.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON DEADLINES: You are strongly advised to contact your potential supervisor/s well in advance of the deadline indicated above, to discuss your application. For full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and how to apply, visit the UCL-ROS webpage.

UCL-ROS webpage

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Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships (AHRC) / London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)


UCL is a participant in the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). LAHP offers approximately 90 postgraduate studentships per year across the participating institutions and a wide range of arts and humanities subjects. They are typically awarded to applicants with excellent academic track records and strong research proposals.

Deadlines and application: note that the application process has two parts:

  1. Applications to UCL must be submitted in advance of the LAHP deadline - see below. In order to be considered for AHRC funding, applicants must tick the relevant box to indicate they wish to be put forward for this funding. Apply for the Institute of the Americas Research Degree programme.
  2. LAHP application formApplicants must also apply to the LAHP via their online application portal. Please consult the LAHP studentship webpages for full details and deadlines.
  3. The nominated primary supervisor will also be required to submit a statement of support.

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Economic and Social Research Council studentships / UCL, Bloomsbury & East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP)


This ESRC-funded scheme brings together six leading London academic institutions including University College London (UCL), Birkbeck University and the University of East London (UEL). This scheme offers over 40 funded studentships across the participating institutions. Studentships comprise full-time fees (UK/EU) and maintenance. 

  • Candidates can apply under various subject pathways. The UCL Institute of the Americas is represented in the History and Heritage Studies pathway, and can co-supervise projects in other relevant pathways such as Politics and International Relations. For details of the scheme, eligibility, pathways, and how to apply, please carefully consult the UBEL-DTP website 
  • Candidates applying for primary supervision at the Institute of the Americas should submit their application through the History and Heritage Studies pathway.

Deadlines and application: 

  1. You must submit your application for admission to UCL's doctoral programme. Note: applications must include full information on qualifications and residential eligibility. Applicants must also arrange for proposed supervisors to send a supporting note to the graduate tutor, Professor Gareth Davies
    Apply for the Institute of the Americas Research Degree programme.
  2. Submit a preliminary application via the DTP application portal by the publicised deadline.
  3. If you are successful at the preliminary stage, you will be invited to submit a full application. 

ESRC UBEL DTP webpages 

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The UCL Research Excellence Scholarships (UCL-RES)


UCL’s Research Excellence Scholarship (UCL-RES) is a new prestigious scholarship which aims to attract outstanding scholars to undertake doctoral research at UCL. Up to 40 fully funded UCL Research Excellence Scholarships (RES) will be offered to exceptional applicants from any country. Both prospective and current UCL doctoral students can apply.

Deadlines and application: note that the application process has two steps, both of which must be complete by the deadline stated on the UCL-RES webpage

  1. Apply for admission to UCL if not already registered on a UCL doctoral programme.
  2. Submit scholarship application documents to UCL Institute of the Americas. Application materials can be found in the appropriate UCL Funding webpage for each scheme (links below) and should be submitted to the departmental Senior Teaching Administrator, Antonella Silvestro, on ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk. Clearly indicate in the subject heading of the e-mail that you are applying for the UCL-RES scholarships.

UCL-RES webpage

IMPORTANT NOTE ON DEADLINES: You must contact your potential supervisor/s well in advance of the deadline for application, as they will need to submit a reference endorsing your application by the same deadline. You are strongly advised to finalise your application materials before the Christmas break.

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The Wolfson Scholarship


Wolfson Scholarships are 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. The Wolfson Foundation is offering six postgraduate research awards in the humanities for 2024/25, three of which iwll be in the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. If you have any queries about this scholarship please contact the Department Graduate Tutor (Research) at the UCL Institute of the Americas, Prof Gareth Davies. 

Deadlines and Application: note that the application process has two elements, both of which have a deadline of 12 January 2024.

  1. Apply for admission to UCL if not already registered on a UCL doctoral programme.
  2. Submit the following documents to the department by email to ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk 
    - an expendand outline of the research project (no more than 2 pages, which does not need to contain references or a bibliography)
    - a letter from the proposed supervisor confirming that they are willing to supervise the project outlined.

Full details can be found on the UCL Wolfson Scholarship website.

Wolfson Scholarship webpage

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Trudeau Foundation Scholarship


The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation provides scholarships annually to current MPhil/PhD students (or candidates who have been accepted into a full-time doctoral programme) who carry out research in areas related to the Foundation's four themes in the social sciences and humanities:

  • Human Rights and Dignitiy
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada and the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral studies in Canada or foreign institutions. Visit the Trudeau Foundation webpage for full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, deadlines, and how to apply.

Trudeau Foundation webpage

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For other scholarships available to Graduate Research Students at UCL please see the UCL Scholarships Finder.

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