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Research funding

This page provides an overview of possible sources of research funding offered by Birkbeck and external funding bodies.

AHRC CHASE DTP Studentships

  • Birkbeck is a member of the AHRC-funded CHASE doctoral training partnership (Consortium for Humanties and Arts in South East England). Fully funded studentships (as well as a range of training opportunities) are available through this prestigious doctoral training partnership. Applicants are advised to make contact well in advance of the deadline with a potential PhD supervisor.
  • For applicants who wish to be considered for an invitation to apply for a CHASE studentship the deadline to apply for a place on an MPhil/PhD programme at the Department is 14 December 2018 (not 11 January 2019 as stated on the CHASE website).
  • For further details about CHASE studentships, including eligibility, please see:
  • For Birkbeck entry requirements and how to apply to our MPhil/PhD programmes, please CLICK HERE.

ESRC UBEL DTP Studentships

  • The Department is also a member of the prestigious ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP). Fully funded ESRC studentships (including +3 and 1+3 routes) related to a range of disciplinary pathways (including 'Archaeology and heritage studies' and 'Social and Economic History') are available through this doctoral training partnership (for further details including eligibility, please follow the link above).
  • Applicants are advised to make contact, well in advance of the application deadline, with Birkbeck's UBEL pathway leads:
  • Archaeology and Heritage Studies: Dr Jen Baird
  • Economic and Social History: Dr Jessica Reinisch
  • Deadline for applications: applicants must apply for an MPhil/PhD programme (or MSc programme for 1+3 applications) that forms one of the training routes for this pathway by 14th December 2018 (for History, Classics & Archaeology). If invited, they will need to submit a preliminary UBEL application (via FluidReview) by 8th January. Successful preliminary applicants will be invited after 31st January to submit a full ESRC application to UBEL by 4th March.
  • Late applications are not accepted. Please contact the pathway leads for details about these deadlines and further information.
  • For Birkbeck entry requirements and how to apply to our MPhil/PhD programmes, please CLICK HERE.

SSHP PhD Studentships

  • The School of Social Science, History and Philosophy will be offering up to six fully-funded studentships for 2019-20.
  • The deadline for this scheme is 8th March 2019.
  • Applicants must complete an application for a place at the Department on an MPhil/PhD programme either before, or at the same time as, applying for this funding. Your application for a scholarship will not be considered if you have not applied for an MPhil/PhD programme.
  • Fore more information on how to apply, please see:

Bonnart Trust PhD Studentships

  • Addressing Intolerance and Integration
  • A fully funded three-year postgraduate Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship, to commence in October 2019, will be awarded by the School of Social Sciences History and Philosophy to an outstanding candidate whose research topic explores one of the following themes:
  • Diversity and Belonging;
  • Minorities and Social Justice.
  • Closing date for applications: Friday 1 February 2019.
  • Find out more about the Bonnart Trust scholarship.

Wellcome Trust studentships

  • A number of MPhil/PhD applicants in Birkbeck's Department of History, Classics and Archaeology whose projects relate to the history of health and medicine have successfully applied in recent years of Wellcome Trust studentships.

Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

  • Current Birkbeck MPhil/PhD students are able to apply for salary costs up to six months beyond the end of their period of formal study, in order to complete publications or develop engagement or dissemination activities, through the Wellcome Trust ISSF award (ISSF2).

Academic funding for international students

Additional sources of financial support for MPhil/PhD students