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Wolfson Scholarship

Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

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The Wolfson Foundation seeks to support excellence.

Drawing on its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation is offering three postgraduate research awards in the humanities - these will be for three areas in history, literature and languages. 

For the 2018/19 academic year, the Joint Faculty has agreed to offer an additional 3 scholarships so six awards will be offered in total.

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.


Please note: only UK/EU applicants are eligible.

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.

Awards are for students beginning their doctoral study at the start of the academic year 2018/19.

Level of award

Each student starting in 2018/19 will receive a total of £84,000, which equates to £28,000 per annum

The funding available covers a stipend, fees and a research allowance.

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).


The Faculty is no longer accepting applications