UCL Institute of the Americas


Graduate Research Funding


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 the doctoral programme at UCL: apply here.
  • 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.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

***Applications to this scheme are now closed***

UCL’s Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) is offered in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship and is intended to support BME postgraduate research degree students. It is open to prospective students and current students. Deadline: 13 January 2021

Application process: Prospective candidates must apply for admission to UCL’s doctoral programme by no later than 13 January 2021. Visit the UCL online application webpage here. 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 programmes officers (ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk) by the 13 January deadline to indicate that you wish to be considered for this scholarship. You are strongly advised to contact your potential supervisor/s well in advance of this deadline to discuss your application. For full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, and how to apply see here.

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

***Applications to this scheme are now closed***

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. UCL Admissions applicationApplications 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. Visit the UCL online application webpage here.
  2. LAHP application formApplicants must also apply to the LAHP via their online application portal. Submit your application to UCL by 25 January 2021; the deadline to submit your application to LAHP is no later than 5:00pm, 5 February 2021
  3. The nominated primary supervisor will also be required to submit a statement of support.

For details of the scheme and how to apply, please read the LAHP guidelines here.

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

***Applications to this scheme are now closed***

This ESRC-funded scheme brings together five 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 Economic and Social History 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 guidelines  
  • Candidates applying for primary supervision at the Institute of the Americas should submit their application through the Economic and Social History pathway.

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

  1. UCL Admissions applicationYou must submit your application for admission to UCL's doctoral programme by 14 December 2020. 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, Dr. Kate Quinn (katherine.quinn@ucl.ac.uk). Visit the UCL online application webpage here.
  2. Submit a preliminary application via the DTP application portal The deadline to submit a preliminary application is Monday 11th January 2021 23:59 (GMT). 
  3. If you are successful at the preliminary stage, you will be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for the full application is Sunday 28 February 2021 23:59 (GMT).

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The UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS)

***Applications to this scheme are now closed***

Deadlines and Application: note that the application process has two steps, both of which have a deadline of 13 January 2021.

  1. Apply for admission to UCL if not already registered on a UCL doctoral programme. Visit the UCL online application webpage hereWhile the deadline for applications to the doctoral programme is 13 January 2021, you must contact your potential supervisor/s well in advance of this deadline, 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.
  2. Submit scholarship application documents to UCL Institute of the Americas. Application materials should be submitted to Antonella Silvestro on ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk. Clearly indicate in the subject heading of the e-mail that you are applying for the GRS/ORS scholarships.

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The Wolfson Scholarship

***Applications to this scheme are now closed***

  • For the 2021/2022 academic year there will be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 awards offered in total, pending confirmation from the Dean.
  • 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.

Eligibility: The Wolfson scholarships are open to both UK and Overseas applicants.

  • 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.

Level of award

  • The funding available covers a stipend, fees and a research allowance. Each student starting in 2021-2022 will receive a total of £90,000 which equates to £30,000 per annum.

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). This does not include creative writing.
  3. Languages- Research should be in applied languages other than English, rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts (where these are not in English). Students receiving scholarships under this stream may be based within non-language departments (for example, history or anthropology departments).

Point of contact

  • Candidates should inform the UCL Institute of the Americas Graduate Tutor - Research, Dr Kate Quinn, that they would like to be considered for the Wolfson scholarship.

Deadlines and application

Potential candidates who wish to be considered for this award must apply to UCL by 13 January 2021 and must submit additional documentation to the programme officers at the Institute of the Americas by the same date (ia-programmes@ucl.ac.uk). The additional documentation comprises: 

  1. A research proposal of no more than 1000 words
  2. A letter from the proposed supervisor confirming that they are willing to supervise the specific project outlined. It is the candidate’s responsibility to remind the proposed supervisor to submit this letter by the 13 January deadline.

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Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

Applications for the 2021-2022 scheme have not yet opened. The information below will be updated when the 2021 competition opens but note that the scholarship deadlines normally fall in January so applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors to discuss their research proposals as soon as possible.

The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation provides up to 20 scholarships annually to prospective and current MPhil/PhD students 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 in the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral sudies in Canada or foreign institutions. Candidates wil be considered by the foundation only if they have been nominated by a university. The scholarships provide up to $60,000 per scholar for up to three years.

How do I apply?

UCL will only be able to consider your application for nomination if you are a current or incoming student at UCL and are registered on a MPhil/PhD programme within one of the following UCL Faculties:

  • Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Laws
  • Institute of Education

You will need to complete and submit an online application form, including the required references and transcripts, to the Foundation's application portal (you will need to 'Create an account') by Friday, 3 January 2020.

All Trudeau application references must be signed and on letterhead, and should include an explanation of how the candidate meets the Foundation's criteria. Incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination.  Applications must be submitted to us in electronic format via the application portal - paper applications will not be accepted.

In addition to the references submitted online with your Trudeau application, you will also be required to submit a reference from your current or prospective UCL supervisor to the Student Funding Office.  This reference should comment on areas such as your academic performance, study/research skills, prizes and scholarships won, relevant personal qualities and career aims and prospects.  The reference should be a maximum of one page and should be emailed to the Student Funding Office by Friday, 3 January 2020.

The next stage in the process will be a review of all applications by a UCL Selection Committee who will decide which candidates will be nominated. We will then add a letter of nomination to the selected applications and submit them directly to the Foundation by their specified deadline.

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

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