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History MPhil/PhD funding

There are a number of funding options available to those hoping to study for a PhD at UCL History.

In most cases, you can apply to several of these funding schemes simultaneously. For example, candidates who wish to be considered for the GRS can also apply to the LAHP. If possible, please list on your UCL application form all the schemes to which you intend to apply. 

In order to be considered for any UCL scholarships, we ask that students submit their admissions application to UCL by Tuesday 4th January 2022. This deadline includes the submission of any academic references.

Candidates who plan for alternative funding are still able to apply according to the Programme Schedule.

Please be advised that UCL will be closed between 23 December 2021 end of day and the morning of 4 January 2022.

For those interested in applying for funding and meeting the 4 January deadline, please make sure you raise any queries you might have well in advance of the UCL closure (preferably before mid-December), to give the PGR Tutor and Admin, as well as the supervisors sufficient time to reply.  

 

UCL scholarships

GRS/ORS and Wolfson Scholarships (for all candidates)

Each year UCL awards a limited number of Graduate Research Scholarships (for home/EU students), Overseas Research Scholarships (for international students) and Wolfson Scholarships (for home/EU students) to PhD applicants across the university. All of these awards cover students' tuition fees, offer a maintenance stipend, and provide additional funding to pay research expenses.

Both GRS/ORS and Wolfson awards are allocated by faculty. The department is asked to put forward a shortlist of candidates to a faculty board, who will then select the most promising candidates from the full list of those nominated. In all cases, the scholarships are allocated on the basis of academic merit rather than financial necessity. 

GRS/ORS: How to apply

1. Submit an application for admission to the History research degree programme. Please make sure you have your supervisor's in-principle approval. (please note the Institute for the Americas, Institute of Archaeology and History of Art are separate UCL departments and they run their own degree programmes. If your preferred supervisor belongs to one of the mentioned departments please check their webpage for specific information)

2. Put together the documentation required by the GRS/ORS award. You will find templates and information here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/graduate-research-scholarships. You will need

  • a cover sheet,
  • a CV,
  • a lay summary of your research proposal, in a Word or PDF document (max. 200 words),
  • a copy of your academic transcripts (you can use the same ones you submitted to the applicant portal and they can be electronic copies),
  • a reference (one from your recently completed academic programme) and
  • an email from your intended UCL supervisor confirming they are willing to give you a reference if you are nominated.  

3. Email the PGR Administrator (o.borlea@ucl.ac.uk) to inform of which award you are applying for (GRS/ORS, Wolfson or both) and include all the required documentation from point 2. If you are applying for both GRS/ORS and Wolfson (or indeed, for LAHP as well), you only need to send in one email, but make sure it includes all needed information for all the awards you are applying for).

The deadline for both is Tuesday, 4th January 2022. 

Please note we will be unable to process requests received after this date. 


Wolfson (UK/EU only): How to apply

1. Submit an application for admission to the History research degree programme. Please make sure you have your supervisor's in-principle approval, as they will need to submit a letter confirming that they are willing to supervise your project if you are nominated. (please note the Institute for the Americas, Institute of Archaeology and History of Art are separate UCL departments and they run their own degree programmes. If your preferred supervisor belongs to one of the mentioned departments please check their webpage for specific information)

Make sure your referees submit their references to UCL before the 4th of January 2022.

Your online submission should also contain

  • a CV,
  • a personal statement and
  • an expanded outline of the research project of no more than 2 pages

3. Email the PGR Administrator (o.borlea@ucl.ac.uk) to inform of which award you are applying for (GRS/ORS, Wolfson or both) and include all the required documentation from point 2. If you are applying for both (or indeed, for LAHP), you only need to send in one email, but make sure it includes all needed information for all the awards you are applying to).

The deadline is Tuesday, 4th January 2022. 

Please note we will be unable to process requests received after this date. 

 

Research Opportunity Scholarship (ROS): How to apply

UCL's Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) is intended to support BAME postgraduate research degree students.

1. Submit an application for admission to the History research degree programme. Please make sure you have your supervisor's in-principle approval, as they will need to submit a letter confirming that they are willing to supervise your project. (please note the Institute for the Americas, Institute of Archaeology and History of Art are separate UCL departments and they run their own degree programmes. If your preferred supervisor belongs to one of the mentioned departments please check their webpage for specific information)

2. Email the PGR Administrator (o.borlea@ucl.ac.uk) the filled-in cover sheet.

The deadline is Tuesday, 4th January 2022. 

These scholarships are not awarded by the department or Faculty. All applications from the department will be sent to the Faculty for consideration. They will be reviewed and shortlisted by a faculty panel based on academic merit. This will happen by February 2022, with final decisions made in March 2022. Awardees will be informed in April 2022. 

The Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences will award 1 ROS scholarship for 22-23 entry. 


Additional scholarships

The university also offers a variety of other smaller scholarships which may be available only to specific groups (e.g. those from particular countries or working on particular topics). To find out more about these you can access the UCL scholarship finder.

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AHRC funding

UCL History is part of the LAHP (London Arts and Humanities Partnership), a group of London institutions (UCL, KCL, LSE, QMUL, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, Central School of Speech and Drama and the School of Advanced Study) which between them share an allocation of studentships for doctoral research in the arts and humanities. These scholarships are provided by the AHRC (the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and they cover tuition fees, maintenance, and an allowance for research expenses. The LAHP scholarships are available to UK students (fees and maintenance) and EU students (fees only).

The department does not shortlist candidates for the LAHP. Instead, the LAHP funding has its own process, which requires the completion of a separate application form by 28th January 2022 at 5pm. A panel of academics from the three LAHP institutions will consider all these applications and allocate scholarships to those which they believe to be academically strongest. However, in order to be considered for LAHP funding, you will need to have applied for a place at UCL before the deadline, and been allocated a place by mid-March.

More details can be found here: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/prospective-students/how-to-apply-for-an-open-studentship/#

Please inform your intended supervisors and the department (via o.borlea@ucl.ac.uk) of your intention to apply no later than Tuesday, 4th January 2022, so they have time to submit the supervisor statement before the LAHP deadline. Please submit an application for admission to the History research degree programme before that date, so the supervisor can provide a statement after reading your proposed research project and external references.

Important: your application to the LAHP will require a supporting statement from your prospective supervisor at UCL. As such, we recommend that you get in touch with this possible supervisor as early as possible before the deadline, both to seek their support with your research proposal and to allow them to ask any questions they might have about your qualifications and motivations. It is also important to give the supervisor enough time to write the statement, rather than approaching them at the last minute. This will allow them to write a well-informed, persuasive reference in support of your work. 

You can read more about identifying and approaching a supervisor on our 'Application process' page.

The Supervisor Statement of Support must be submitted before a deadline. Please notify potential supervisors of this well in advance, as supervisors may not be in a position to do this last minute.

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ESRC funding

Some History PhD students may be eligible for funding from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). UCL is part of the UBEL doctoral training partnership, along with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, Birkbeck, and the University of East London. UBEL-DTP scholarships cover tuition fees, maintenance, and an allowance for research expenses. They are available to UK students (fees and maintenance) and EU students (fees only).

The department does not shortlist candidates for the UBEL-DTP. Instead, the UBEL funding has its own process, which requires the completion of a separate application form. A panel of academics from the UBEL institutions will consider all these applications and allocate scholarships to those which they believe to be academically strongest.

They have two deadlines: 10 January 2022 for preliminary applications and 28 February 2022 for full applications. You will need to be successful at the preliminary stage to submit a full application. 

You need to have submitted an application for admission to the History research degree programme before the preliminary deadline. 

You will also need to complete a separate UBEL-DTP application. https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/esrc-studentships/

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Departmental scholarships

The History department also holds two smaller scholarships for which PGR students are eligible; the Richard Chattaway scholarship, which is awarded each year to a postgraduate student working on the history of modern warfare (preferably from 1870 onward) and which has a value of £2,000; and the Carol Chattaway scholarship, awarded annually to a postgraduate scholar in medieval historical studies and has a value of £2,500. Preference is given to mature students and female students for this award.

Both the Chattaway scholarships have later deadlines (usually in Spring/Summer). We will update this page with the new deadlines as soon as they become available.


Other funding sources

UCL History PGR students draw funding from a number of sources. Most commonly these include those listed above but you may also wish to consider the following funding schemes, all of which have their own application processes. In any case where you may require a supporting statement from your potential supervisor at UCL, we recommend that you contact this supervisor as early as possible in advance of the deadline, so that they can help you strengthen your research proposal and so that they have plenty of time to write your reference.


Student Finance England doctoral loans

Student Finance England, which also administers undergraduate student loans, also offers a doctoral 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 £25,700 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.
  • 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.


Financial Assistance for Current Students

If you have already started your PhD at UCL History and need financial advice and/or assistance, you can visit our funding page for current students here