History MPhil/PhD funding

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

UCL scholarships

Each year, UCL awards a limited number of scholarships; in 2017/18 this included UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (for home/EU students) and UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (for international students) as well as UCL Wolfson Scholarships (for home/EU students). Both 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.

Important: the internal deadlines set by the faculty mean that we have to set an early application deadline for those wishing to be considered for GRS/ORS or Wolfson funding. Every eligible application that we have received by this deadline, which in 2018/19 is Friday 4 January 2019, will be considered for our departmental shortlist. Please note that applications must have been received in full by the deadline given; i.e., your academic referees must have submitted their references by this date.

If you are placed on our departmental shortlist for one of the university scholarships, we may need to contact you within the two weeks after the above deadline to ask you for additional materials to submit to the scholarship committee (e.g. a shortened version of your research proposal). Please ensure that you monitor the email address given in your application daily during this period, so that you are able to return the materials to us in good time. If we cannot contact you then we may substitute another candidate in your stead.

If you do not wish to be considered for this funding (e.g. because you have another funding source in your home country), please contact the postgraduate administrator Dr Jess Hindes so that we can exclude you from our deliberations.

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.


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 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. 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 hold a place at UCL. As with the GRS and ORS, we ask that all those intending to apply to the LAHP complete their UCL application by 4 January 2019.

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.


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 (in 2018, the Carol Chattaway deadline was 15 May and the Richard Chattaway deadline was 28 July). 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

From 2018 Student Finance England, which administers undergraduate student loans, has introduced a new doctoral loan. Applications will open on 11 June 2018 for the 2018/19 academic year. As with the new postgraduate master's 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 £25,000 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.
  • The loan is available only for programmes beginning after 1 August 2018 (so current PhD students may not apply for it). 
  • 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.