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.
Important: in order to be considered for any UCL scholarships, we ask that students submit their admissions application to UCL by midday on Friday 10th January 2020. This deadline includes submission of any academic references.
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
Prospective applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission onto their research degree programme by midday on Friday 10th January 2020.
Applications for GRS/ORS funding are now closed.
Wolfson (UK/EU only): How to apply
Prospective applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission onto their research degree programme by midday on Friday 10th January 2020.Applications for Wolfson funding are now closed.
Research Opportunity Scholarships (for UK BME candidates)
The Research Opportunity Scholarships scheme launched in 2018 and is intended to support research students from BME groups which are currently underrepresented at UCL; specifically, Black, Pakistani or Bangladeshi students. Applicants must have permanent residence in the UK.
Students within four faculties including Social and Historical Sciences (where UCL History sits) are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which will cover tuition fees and maintenance as well as providing additional funds for research costs such as fieldwork and conference travel.
You can read full details about the award here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/ucl-research-opportunity-scholarship
How to apply
There are two application processes that work in parallel, the first with UCL and the relevant department, which will consider the subject and academic requirements for entry. The second process, is with Windsor Fellowship and relates specifically with the scholarship.
1. Candidates will make an informal research enquiry with their potential supervisor before applying to UCL, to check that their supervisor is happy to supervise the project.
2. Candidates must then submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme before 31 January 2020. At this stage you do not need to have secured an offer of a place at UCL in order to apply for the scholarship, however, you must have submitted your application for admission before 31 January 2020.
3. When completing the research degree application for admission candidates should indicate in the ‘Funding’ section that they are also applying to the UCL-ROS programme.
4. Candidates to contact their academic department/institute/division/unit to notify them that they would like to be considered for a UCL-ROS. You must do this by 12 midday, 31 January 2020. For History applications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. All applications will then be considered and shortlisted by a faculty panel by 28 February 2020.
6. Notification of selection will be made mid-March 2020. If selected, UCL will make contact with details for next steps.
7. Shortlisted applicants to complete a Financial Needs supporting document
8. Interviews with Windsor Fellowship to take place in April 2020.
9. UCL and the WF will make the final decisions in May 2020, and UCL will announce the awardees in May 2020.
If you require assistance with completing your UCL-ROS application form and/or you would like more information on the programme, please contact Karlene Mahoney at MahoneyK@windsor-fellowship.org. You can find more information about the award on the UCL central pages here or on the Windsor Fellowship pages here.
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.
- Read more about the GRS/ORS awards
- Read more about the Wolfson scholarships
- Read about the UCL-ROS scholarships and complete the application form
- Go to the UCL scholarship finder
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, the deadlone for which is Friday 31st January 2020. 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 by Friday 31st January 2020, and been allocated a place by mid-March.
LAHP applications for studentships starting in 2020 open on Friday 29th November 2019 - more details can be found here: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/apply-for-a-studentship/
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 by Friday 7th February 2020. Please notify potential supervisors of this well in advance, as supervisors may not be in a position to do this last minute.
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.
You will also need to complete a separate UBEL-DTP application. The deadline for Preliminary applications has now passed (6th January 2020). If you are successful at the Preliminary stage, the deadline for Full applications is Friday 28 February 2020 https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply-2
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.
- Wellcome doctoral awards (for research into health-related topics e.g. the history of medicine)
- Charities and trusts - a good place to look at these is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
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
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.