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Funding and scholarships

ESRC studentship for MPhil/PhD students

  • Birkbeck is a member of the UCL, Bloomsbury, East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The Archaeology and Heritage and the Social and Economic History pathways of this DTP bring together training in Birkbeck, the School of Oriental and African Studies, UCL and UEL and cover a broad range of specialisms. The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, a world leader across a wide range of subjects, is in an ideal position to provide PhD training in social history, economic history, urban history, prehistory, classical archaeology and medieval archaeology. We have established training in research methods and skills through dedicated modules such as ‘Mastering historical research’ and quantitative research methods, as well as a wide range of workshops and PhD seminars, not to mention the master classes and other activities organized by our lively and dynamic community of postgraduate research students.
  • Our commitment to working professionals and part-time education means that we welcome part-time as well as full-time students. Apart from conventional MPhil/PhD routes, we also offer 1+3 route in which applicants who do not have a masters degree involving training in quantitative methods can apply for a 1+3 ESRC studentship to cover the costs of a Masters, MSc Historical Research (Economic and Social History) or MSc Archaeological Practice (both of which involve training in intermediate quantitative methods), before progressing to a PhD.
  • Applicants can apply for a Full Award or a Fees-Only Award or full-time or part-time study subject to residency requirements. Applicants who wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship for MPhil/PhD studies in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck must apply to the Birkbeck MPhil/PhD programmes by 6 January 2017. A covering letter should be included with this application stating that you wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship. This letter should make clear that Birkbeck and the UBEL DTP are your first choice in applying for an ESRC studentship and explain why your academic studies to date and proposed research project make you a suitable candidate for this highly competitive source of funding.
  • If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be invited to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017. Further information about how to apply for our MPhil/PhD.
  • For further information about the DTP and eligibility details, please visit Final versions of applications from selected candidates will need to be submitted by 3 February for the central studentship competition. Please send all queries to the MPhil/PhD administrator, Sian Green (

Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship

  • A fully funded three year postgraduate Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship, to commence in October 2017, will be awarded by the School to an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores one of the following themes:
  • Diversity and Belonging
  • Minorities and Social Justice.
  • Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1 February 2017.
  • Find out more.

Stuart Hall PhD scholarship

  • A fully funded three year full-time or five year part-time PhD Scholarship, to commence in October 2017, will be awarded to an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores one of the following themes:
  • Cultural Studies
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Politics and Sociology
  • Closing date for applications: Wednesday, 1 March 2017.
  • Find out more.

The Mercers' Company studentship for doctoral research

  • Studentship for Doctoral Research on the History of London
  • Funding amount: £45,000 (ie. £15,000 per year for full-time study over three years, or pro rata for part-time students over a maximum of five years)
  • Hours: Full-time or part-time
  • Deadlines for applications: Applicants must already have been offered a place to study:
  • Closing date for applications to study to Birkbeck is Friday 6 January 2017.
  • Closing date for applications for the award to The Mercers’ Company is 12 noon, 3rd February 2017.
  • The Mercers’ Company, as the premier livery company of the City of London, with a Company history of over 700 years, wishes to award one doctoral studentship in the history of London, starting in October 2016, with a second to be awarded the following year. The scheme is a partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, The Centre for Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research, and University College London. The studentship must be held at one of these institutions.
  • Area of research: The area of research should be relevant to the history of the London in any period from the medieval to the modern (both ‘history’ and ‘London’ defined in the widest sense). Excellence in proposals, including originality and the expected level of contribution to the field of London history, is the first criterion, but preference will be given to research proposals which will use the archives of the Mercers’ Company and/or other City of London livery companies and the archives of the City of London Corporation and which have some connection with the general areas of their history, activities and context. Research areas which might be explored include: civic life, trade, economy, philanthropy, almshouses and other charitable institutions, religion, social networks, schools, education, material culture, the built environment, and many others.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the studentship starting in the 2017-18 academic year, candidates must have received an offer of a place to carry out doctoral research at one of the three participating institutions (listed above). Candidates must be a UK or EU citizen and meet the entry requirements of the institution they are applying to study at. Students in full-time employment are not eligible for the studentship.
  • Application process:
  • Student brief, application guidelines and details of potential supervisors
  • The Mercers' Company application form
  • For enquiries about applying to the Birkbeck PhD programme please contact Vanessa Harding at The deadline for applications to Birkbeck for admission to the programme – a prerequisite for applying for the award -  tbc. For other enquiries please contact Tom Bell at
  • Applicants will be required to submit the following to The Mercers’ Company by tbc:
  • • the completed application form
  • • a research proposal (up to 1000 words)
  • • a CV
  • • a statement of support from the prospective academic supervisor.

Departmental PhD studentship

  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part of Birkbeck’s School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy) invites applications for a full-time, fully-funded departmental PhD studentship, commencing in October 2017. Research expertise within the Department stretches from antiquity to contemporary history, and we invite applications for any suitable topic. Applicants will normally have completed, or be about to complete, a Masters in history or a related discipline, with an achieved or predicted grade of Distinction; and have gained a First-class BA honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
  • The award, which comes from a generous alumnus donation, will cover fees at Home/EU levels, and a maintenance grant in line with AHRC rates for the duration of three years (full-time students only). Applications from non-UK/EU nationals will be considered, but any such applicant would have to cover the differential between Home/EU and non-Home/EU student fees.
  • All applicants have to submit a studentship application form to the Research Student Administrator, Sian Green ( In addition, applicants have to complete a postgraduate application form to gain a place on the MPhil/PhD programme of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
  • The deadline for applications for a place is 6 January 2017 and for applications for funding is 3 February 2017.
  • All prospective applicants are strongly advised to first make informal contact with a potential supervisor before submitting their application. For more guidance on how to apply, please follow this link:

SSHP Postgraduate Research scholarships

  • The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will offer up to 6 fully funded MPhil/PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2017/18 entry.
  • Closing date for applications: Friday 3 February 2017
  • Find out more.

Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Birkbeck College is pleased to announce the fourth year of Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships, named in memory of one of the greatest historians of the last century. 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 two years, awards in this category have been between £500 and £2,500.
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 17 March 2017, 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 Jana Comfort.
  • 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.

Birkbeck/Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnership

  • The Department of History Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London and the Institute of Archaeology/Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded three-year doctoral grant 2017-20, to work on the photographic archive of the archaeologist O. G. S. Crawford.
  • Crawford was one of the most influential archaeologists of the last century and photography was central to his work and influence. Recent moves within archaeology and anthropology have come to see photographs not as mere records or representations of the world beyond the frame, but as interventions in shaping understandings of that world, as items that have their own power and sets of affects. The photographic work of Crawford, and the relationship between archaeology and photography, will be explored in this exciting studentship.
  • The main emphasis of the PhD will be on scanning and ordering Crawford’s photographic collections. Consideration will be given to the changing technology of photography from 1914 to the 1950s, the period over which Crawford worked, as well as to the links and differences between aerial and on-the-ground photography. By working with other elements of Crawford’s archive, as well as publications by Crawford and others, such as Kitty Hauser, the student will consider how the photographs derived out of and fed into Crawford’s intellectual interests in landscapes and buildings as historical documents, as well as his changing politics.
  • The studentship will result in: i) a PhD thesis; ii) the digitisation of the Crawford collection, and its hosting online, in collaboration with Institute of Archaeology; iii) at least one exhibition event in the Pitt Rivers Museum; iv) either a stand-alone blog or a series of contributions to the Institute of Archaeology’s archives blog and the PRM’s Photograph and Manuscript Collections blog; vi) a public gallery talk at the PRM as part of its ‘Saturday Spotlight’ series; vii) academic presentations at conferences or seminar series.
  • This studentship is funded through the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. Collaboration between a Higher Education Institution and a museum, library, archive, or heritage organisation is the essential feature of these studentships. This project will be supervised jointly by Dr Lesley McFadyen and Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck) and Professor Chris Gosden and Dr Chris Morton (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford) and the student will be expected to spend time at both Birkbeck and Oxford, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.
  • Eligibility
  • You must:
  • •Have a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • •Have completed a masters-level qualification, or be expecting to complete this by the time you start your PhD study.
  • •Be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA).
  • •In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship.
  • If you wish to inquire further about this studentship please contact Dr McFadyen at
  • How to apply:
  • Please consult the general guidance on how to apply for an Archaeology MPhil/PhD place in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck. Please note that two references must be submitted with the application, and take particular care to indicate in the application the broad areas of research that you are interested in. All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with the supervisor, Dr McFadyen.
  • Deadline for applications is Monday 20 March 2017.

Wellcome Trust Masters Awards for academic session 2017/18

  • 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 to the Department is: Monday, 13 March 2017.
  • 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 Julia Laite (MA Director) and Prof. Joanna Bourke (Coordinator, MA History of Science and 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:
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the last week of March 2017.
  • Queries and expressions of interest should be directed to Prof. Joanna Bourke:
  • 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 4th of March 2016. 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 Laura Stewart.
  • ‘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

International Scholarships


General postgraduate funding information

General MPhil/PhD funding information