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MA Funding 

The department provides some MA Scholarships which are listed below. For a more comprehensive list of MA funding accessible across UCL, visit the Scholarships and Funding website. You may find the UCL Scholarships Finder of particular use.

Fer-Garb Scholarship 2022-23

The Fer-Garb Scholarship is for home students who have been offered a place to study on the MA in History of Art at UCL. We particularly encourage applications from individuals belonging to underrepresented groups in academia and who may not otherwise be able to take up their offer. We also particularly encourage applications from students who hope to pursue doctoral research in History of Art. Students interested in studying any period of art, from early modern to contemporary, are encouraged to apply. 

The Scholarship has been created thanks to the generosity of a History of Art alumnus, with the aim of supporting the most promising students to pursue the MA in History of Art at UCL, regardless of financial hardship. It will cover fees (£12,900) and provide a stipend (£17,983) for one year of full-time study (or two years part-time). In order to apply for the Fer-Garb scholarship, students must have applied for a place on the MA programme in History of Art at UCL. 

The Department will be offering two Fer-Garb scholarships for 2022-2023.

How to apply:

In addition to completing the general application, students wishing to be considered for the Fer-Garb Scholarship must submit the following to Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 29 April 2022:

  • A statement demonstrating how you fulfil the aims of the scholarship and your reasons for wishing to pursue this particular programme of study in the History of Art Department at UCL (approximately 500 words).
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • A declaration of other sources of funding, received or applied for. 
Arnold Hayward Stevenson Scholarship 2022-23

Arnold Hayward Stevenson Scholarship are for home students who have been accepted for study on the History of Art Masters programme at UCL, and who express an interest in developing a course of study in pre-1800 painting and/or decorative arts. The Scholarship, of £10,000, must be used for payment of tuition fees. The scholarship will be awarded based on both academic merit and financial need.

How to apply:

In addition to completing the general application, students wishing to be considered for the Arnold Hayward Stevenson Scholarship must submit the following to Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 29 April 2022:

  • A statement indicating their wish to be considered for the scholarship, which demonstrates how you fulfil the aims of the scholarship, and your reasons for wishing to pursue this particular programme of study in the History of Art department at UCL. (approximately 500 words)
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • All applicants should also declare any other sources of funding

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

The Klesch Collection Grants for Education 

The Klesch Collection offers grants towards the yearly cost of university fees to graduate students who have been accepted into a full-time Art History MA or PhD course of study beginning in the next academic year. 

Full details can be found here

New Narratives Scholarships

The Paul Mellon Centre is launching a new set of awards supporting students and researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The New Narratives initiative will develop a dynamic community of writers and thinkers with new perspectives on British art and visual culture of all periods. It aims to broaden the field of British art history and to open it up to a wider range of individuals.

The New Narratives scheme particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the Humanities in the UK, including, for example, black and minority ethnic individuals. It will also take into account the intent to pursue research, activities or a career pathway that contribute to the reframing of British Art history and that challenge the received histories of British Art, as well as demonstrated interest or involvement in such research and issues in the applicant’s work, community, academic or educational experience.

MA/MPhil Studentship: £32,000 for one year to cover course fees and living expenses

Applications open on 17 January 2022 and close 28 February 2022.

Full details: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/fellowships-and-grants/individuals

PhD Funding 

There are many opportunities to secure funding for your research degree and colleagues would be happy to support you with your application. Below is a list of some of the main sources of funding secured by our PhD students. For a more comprehensive list visit the Scholarships and Funding website. You may find the UCL Scholarships Finder of particular use.

Our students have also been successful in applying for sources of support from overseas funding agencies and educational charities, so we encourage you to investigate these where relevant.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Scholarships 

The department has typically secured 2-4 AHRC scholarships. AHRC scholarships are awarded and administered by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Applicants for these scholarships must apply to the UCL History of Art research degree before applying for funding via LAHP. 

Applicants will have ideally applied for a place to study at UCL by the middle of December but must have applied to UCL by Friday 14th January 2022, and should then apply directly to LAHP for the studentship competition. Please ensure that you give your prospective supervisor and the Departmental Graduate Tutor plenty of notice of your intention to apply. The LAHP application deadline is Friday 28th January 2022 at 5pm GMT. 

From October 2021, LAHP can award up to 30% of its studentships (including stipend) to international students. The AHRC will only fund the Home fee. The difference between the Home and International fee must be found elsewhere, e.g. from an external funder or student contribution. LAHP encourages international applicants to apply to other funding sources that could cover the difference between the Home and International fee. The Department is not able to determine your fee status. Further advice on this can be found here. Please refer to the UKRI eligibility criteria for further information about ‘Home’ and ‘International’ fee status.

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

The selection process takes place in March, results will be announced in April.

Those interested in applying for funding from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) are encouraged to attend an information session - details can be found here

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships (UK/Overseas)

Postgraduate Scholarships funded by the Wolfson Foundation are awarded by UCL to outstanding students from across the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, who demonstrated their potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships are awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally, the successful students would aspire to an academic career. 

For 2022-23 entry both UK and Overseas applicants are eligible for this award. More details about these scholarships and information on how to apply can be found on this page.  

Applicants should have applied to the UCL History of Art research degree programme by Monday 10th January 2022

Applicants should have submitted an application for the scholarship and a reference letter from the potential supervisor to Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 14th January 2022. 

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take in early March, with offers made soon after. 

ORS/GRS Scholarships (UK/Overseas)

These studentships are aimed at attracting high-quality students from around the world to undertake research at UCL. Applicants should usually have applied for a place to study at UCL by early January. 

The UCL Overseas Graduate Bursary (ORS) offers fee funding to cover the difference between Overseas and UK tuition fees. It is open to Overseas applicants only. More information can be found here.

The UCL Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS) offers full UK fees, a stipend, plus research allowance. It is open to both UK and Overseas applicants. More information can be found here.

Applicants should have applied to the UCL History of Art research degree programme by Monday 10th January 2022

Applicants must have submitted an application (more information around this can be find here for the GRS and here for the ORS) for the scholarship and two reference letters, including one from the potential supervisor, to Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk) by Friday 14th January 2022. 

Results will be announced in the week beginning 7 March 2022. 

UCL Research Opportunities Scholarship 

This studentship is intended to support BME postgraduate research degree students who are UK permanent residents. Applicants should have applied for a place to study at UCL and should have notified the department they would like to be considered for a UCL-ROS by Friday 14th January 2022. Please notify Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk) if you wish to be considered for this award. 

More details about this scholarship and its eligibility criteria can be found here

Departmental Funding: Department Research Studentship

This prestigious studentship provides UCL tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance stipend for three years and provides opportunities for the award-holder to gain valuable teaching experience in the Department, helping them to develop the skills necessary for an academic career. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of an outstanding PhD proposal and exceptional academic record.

The award lasts for three years, must be held full-time, and may not be held concurrently with any other substantial award. As part of the studentship, the holder will be required to act as teaching assistant on a one-term course for each of the three years. These will follow a progression of teaching responsibility that we envision culminating in sole responsibility for an Art in London course (subject to availability). The remuneration for these teaching duties is included within the stipend. Successful candidates are also expected to play a full part in the Department's activities.

Eligibility: UK PhD students only
Value: Fees plus stipend (£17,609) for 3 years

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of:

  • An outstanding PhD proposal
  • An excellent academic track record (usually documented by first class BA and MA degrees)
  • Evidence of an aptitude for and commitment to teaching in History of Art as a career

How to apply:

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR. 

The deadline for this is likely to be at the end of April, but will be confirmed after results of the LAHP competition and other awards have been received. Students who wish to be considered for departmental scholarships should apply to LAHP first. 

Home candidates who wish to be considered for departmental funding should first apply to the AHRC scholarships via LAHP (details above) and later for the Department Research Studentship. The decisions over the departmental studentship will be taken after we have learned about the outcome of the LAHP studentship competition.

For the departmental studentship, students wishing to be considered should submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your research proposal (c 1500 words). This may be the same proposal submitted with the application for the programme, or an updated version
  • An updated CV
  • An informal letter indicating why you wish to be considered for the scholarship(s). This should include a statement (max. 250 words) on your commitment to teaching as an academic career.

You must declare any other sources of funding to which you have also applied.

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

Departmental Funding: Critical Histories of Art Studentship

APPLICATIONS TO THIS AWARD FOR 2022 ENTRY ARE NOT YET OPEN AND DETAILS ARE TO BE CONFIRMED. 

The Critical Histories of Art studentship is awarded to a student who is particularly committed to new critical approaches to the History of Art. The studentship covers UCL tuition fees at the Home rate and provides a maintenance stipend each year. It lasts for three years, must be held full-time, and may not be held concurrently with any other substantial award.

Eligibility: UK PhD students only
Value: Fees plus stipend (£17,609) for 3 years

Selection is made on the basis of the following criteria:

An outstanding PhD proposal that demonstrates commitment to new critical approaches to the History of Art
An excellent academic track record (usually documented by first class BA and MA degrees)

How to apply:

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE CRITICAL HISTORIES OF ART STUDENTSHIP ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR. 

The deadline for this is likely to be at the end of April, but will be confirmed after results of the LAHP competition and other awards have been received. Students who wish to be considered for departmental scholarships should apply to LAHP first. 

Home candidates who wish to be considered for departmental funding should first apply to the AHRC scholarships via LAHP and later for the Department Research Studentship. The decisions over the Critical Histories studentship will be taken after we have learned about the outcome of the LAHP studentship competition.

For the Critical Histories studentship, students wishing to be considered should submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your research proposal (c 1500 words). This may be the same proposal submitted with the application for the programme, or an updated version
  • An updated CV
  • An informal letter indicating why you wish to be considered for the scholarship(s). This should include a statement (max. 250 words) on your commitment to teaching as an academic career.

You must declare any other sources of funding to which you have also applied.

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

Departmental Funding: Departmental Bursary

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTAL BURSARY ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR. 

The Departmental Bursary aims to enable postgraduate research students in the UCL History of Art Department to take up their offer of study at UCL, regardless of their financial situation, by relieving financial pressures for those in need.

Value: Up to £15k one-off payment, paid either as a stipend, full or partial tuition fees
Eligibility: All research students regardless of fee status

How to apply:

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTAL BURSARY ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR. 

The deadline for this is likely to be at the end of April, but will be confirmed after results of the LAHP competition and other awards have been received. Students who wish to be considered for departmental scholarships should apply to LAHP first. 

Home/EU candidates who wish to be considered for departmental funding should first apply to the AHRC scholarships via LAHP and later for the Departmental Bursary. The decisions over the departmental bursary will be taken after we have learned about the outcome of the LAHP studentship competition.

Students wishing to be considered for the Departmental Bursary should submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your research proposal (c 1500 words). This may be the same proposal submitted with the application for the programme, or an updated version
  • An updated CV
  • An informal letter indicating why you wish to be considered for the scholarship. The criterion for awarding the bursary is financial need and you will need to demonstrate this in the covering letter.

You must declare any other sources of funding to which you have also applied. 

Questions should be sent to the PG Administrator Naomi Quinn-Friedman (naomi.quinn-friedman@ucl.ac.uk). 

The Klesch Collection Grants for Education 

The Klesch Collection offers grants towards the yearly cost of university fees to graduate students who have been accepted into a full-time Art History MA or PhD course of study beginning in the next academic year. 

Full details can be found here

New Narratives Scholarships

The Paul Mellon Centre is launching a new set of awards supporting students and researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The New Narratives initiative will develop a dynamic community of writers and thinkers with new perspectives on British art and visual culture of all periods. It aims to broaden the field of British art history and to open it up to a wider range of individuals.

The New Narratives scheme particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the Humanities in the UK, including, for example, black and minority ethnic individuals. It will also take into account the intent to pursue research, activities or a career pathway that contribute to the reframing of British Art history and that challenge the received histories of British Art, as well as demonstrated interest or involvement in such research and issues in the applicant’s work, community, academic or educational experience.

Doctoral Scholarship: £32,000 per year for three years to cover course fees and living expenses

Applications open on 17 January 2022 and close 28 February 2022.

Full details: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/fellowships-and-grants/individuals