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Funding and scholarships

PhD Studentships

  • For information about possible sources of research funding offered by Birkbeck and external funding bodies, please see our Research Funding page

Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships

  • The Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships, named in memory of one of the greatest historians of the last century, are set up to encourage the next generation of talented historians to pursue original, high-quality and exciting research in history by assisting financially with study and research costs. From 1947 until his death in 2012, Eric Hobsbawm was a loyal member of Birkbeck College.
  • The Scholarships have been set up to encourage the next generation of talented historians to pursue original, high-quality and exciting research in history by assisting financially with study and research costs.
  • The fund aims to assist two groups of beneficiaries:
  • (1) MA students: applications are invited for three full-fee scholarships for MA study in the department of History, Classics and Archaeology. Each scholarship is currently worth £7,950. Overseas applicants and part-time applicants are invited to apply as well as home/EU full-time applications (part-time awards are pro-rata).
  • (2) MPhil and PhD students: New and existing doctoral students in the dept of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck can apply for financial assistance for research expenses (including travel, accommodation, conference fees, and particular training needs). In the past three years, awards in this category have been between £500 and £2,500.
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 12 March 2018, 5pm.

  • Applicants for the MA fee-waiver scholarships must apply through the usual process for a place on the MA programme (see information elsewhere on this website). In addition, applicants are asked to submit two documents directly to the department:
  • 1) A one-page statement outlining what they hope to achieve by taking the MA programme, noting in particular what they hope to research for their dissertation
  • 2) A one-page personal statement that includes a basic CV, and a note on the applicant’s financial circumstances.
  • Applicants to the research expenses fund must either be an existing doctoral student in the department, or to have applied for entry within this academic year. Applicants are asked to submit two documents:
  • 1) A two-page statement of the proposed research and its relevance.
  • 2) A one-page personal statement that includes a basic CV, a short justification of the sum requested, and a note on the applicant’s financial circumstances.
  • For either group these documents should be emailed to Siân Green.
  • The Eric Hobsbawm Scholarships have been made possible thanks to many donations from his friends and former students. Birkbeck College gratefully acknowledges the help and support of the Hobsbawm family.

Wellcome Trust Masters Awards for academic session 2018/19

  • The Wellcome Trust offers an annual award to support individuals who wish to undertake any humanities or social science Masters course which has a predominant focus on human and/or animal health.
  • The Department of History Classics and Archaeology invites prospective Masters students working in the appropriate field to apply for this award, which provides a stipend and covers the programme fees. The application to Wellcome will be made by the Department not the individual; institutions may put forward one candidate. Applicants must first be accepted onto a relevant MA programme, ideally the MA History of Science and Medicine or the Masters in Research (with a history of medicine topic)
  • The deadline for submitting applications is the 20th of March for the 2018/19 academic year.
  • Please submit:
  • * a proposal, no more than two sides of A4 in length, outlining your topic of study, its appropriateness for support from the Wellcome Trust, and its potential for development as a future research project
  • * a one-page CV
  • The Department panel, comprising Dr Kat Hill (MA Director) and Dr Anne Hanley (Coordinator, MA History of Medicine), will assess applications on the basis of the candidate's potential for academic research as well as the quality and relevance of the topic. Please email your proposal to the MA administrator, Daniel Binney: by the 20th of March.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the last week of March 2018.
  • Queries and expressions of interest should be directed to Dr Anne Hanley:
  • Click here for more information about the Wellcome Trust and the award.

Wolf Wayne Research Fund for Graduate Students

  • The Wolf Wayne fund will be dedicated to support MA students' research activities, particularly those involving research for dissertations on non-British history topics which the student would be unable to conduct without financial support. Eligible costs include travel costs to archives and costs for vital research equipment or software.
  • All applicants are asked to submit:
  • a one-page statement on their research project,
  • a one-page statement on the costs of the project and a justification of the sum requested,
  • a short CV
  • The selection committee will consist of members of the Department. The deadline for the next round has been extended to the 12th of March 2018. The main criteria for success are the originality and feasibility of the research project, and the importance of financial support to the student.
  • All successful applicants will be asked to submit a short report on their research and its main findings before they graduate.
  • Applications should be sent to Daniel Binney. For any queries about how to apply please contact Kat Hill.
  • ‘The fund's grant enabled me to look widely at a range of archives around England and Wales from the outset and then, critically, to re-focus my dissertation when research unearthed new archive material that pointed me in new directions. It enabled me to 'follow' the evidence, as it were, so making the dissertation's contents stronger and more original than would have otherwise been the case.’  -former MA fund recipient

Despotiko Archaeological Excavation Bursaries

  • The Department of History, Classics & Archaeology is able to offer four bursaries of £200 each to support student participation in the 2018 archaeological excavations on Despotiko in the Cyclades, Greece. The competition is open to all students currently enrolled on under- and postgraduate programmes at the Department. The bursaries are funded jointly by the Department and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies at the London School of Advanced Studies.
  • The bursaries are intended to meet part of the expenses arising from the journey to Despotiko and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants are required to give a brief account of their academic career and status, and provide a statement (500 words for undergraduates, 800 for postgraduates) of their reasons for applying, indicating the dates when the travel is planned and how participation in the fieldwork would develop their interests and contribute to their academic formation. Candidates should send their applications by e-mail to Siân Green: The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 2 March 2018.
  • Despotiko is a small, uninhabited island off Antiparos. In Archaic times it was the site of an important inter-regional sanctuary of Apollo. Discovered in the 1990s, Despotiko has become one of the most exciting sites in Cycladic archaeology, offering new insights into cult activity, votive religion, architecture and the formation of regional identities and politics. The director of the excavations, Dr. Yannos Kourayos (Greek Ministry of Culture), will visit Birkbeck on Monday 26 March for a lecture introducing his project to our students (further details tbc). This year’s excavation season will commence on Monday 28 May and last six weeks (to Friday 6 July). Students are expected to attend for two weeks (certainly no less than one) and will benefit from heavily subsidized accommodation and hospitality. No previous fieldwork experience is required. For students enrolled on the BA Archaeology or BA History & Archaeology, participation in this project counts towards their fieldwork requirement – but it does not replace the fieldwork module ‘Buried Humanities’.
  • For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Caspar Meyer:

International Scholarships


General postgraduate funding information

General MPhil/PhD funding information