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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 PhD Studentship in Collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM)

  • Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Birkbeck: “Confronting a masculine military ideal: the experiences of LGBTQ service personnel 1914–now”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are Birkbeck and the IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Matt Cook at Birkbeck and Rebecca Newell of IWM. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2018.
  • Using material from across the IWM's collection, including the sound collection, and with a particular focus on the museum's private papers and oral history archives, this project will examine narratives of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning) experience in the military for all or part of the period from 1914 to the present day.
  • Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarship covers tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2018/19 has been set by Research Councils UK as £16,777 (inc. £2,000 London Weighting) plus £550 additional payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. For more information visit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/skills/phdstudents/fundingandtraining.
  • Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a research proposal (of 500 – 1000 words)*, a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, transcripts of undergraduate and masters qualifications, and two academic references to Sian Green (sian.green@bbk.ac.uk) no later than 5pm on Sunday 8 July 2018.
  • *for guidance on formulating a research proposal see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/student-services/admissions/phd-applications
  • For full details please download the poster
  • Deadline to apply: 5pm Sunday 8 July

SSHP PhD Studentships

  • The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will offer up to seven fully funded MPhil/PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2018/19 entry.
  • Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.
  • Find out more.

HCA PhD Studentships

  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology invites applications for up to two full-time, fully-funded PhD studentships. Research expertise within the Department stretches from prehistory to contemporary history, and we invite applications for any suitable topic.
  • Applicants will normally have completed (or be in the process of completing) 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 three-year award(s), which come from a generous alumnus donation, will start in October 2018. The awards cover fees at the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees (£4195 in 2017/8), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (£16,553 in 2017/8, including London Weighting).
  • 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.
  • How to apply:
  • All prospective applicants are strongly advised to first make informal contact with a potential supervisor before submitting their application. Please consult the information about PhD study in the Department. Prospective students should send the completed HCA studentship application form to sian.green@bbk.ac.uk.
  • At the same time, they must also apply online for a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. If you are a prospective student, your application cannot be considered if you have not applied for a place.
  • Applications for 2018 are now closed.
  • Download the application form

ESRC UBEL DTP Studentships

  • 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 at 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 (full-time or part-time), 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 express their interest by 11 December 2017, by contacting Dr Jen Baird (for research projects in Archaeology and Heritage Studies) or Professor Frank Trentmann (for research projects in Economic and Social History). Applicants should send a formal letter, stating that they wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship, making clear that Birkbeck and the UBEL DTP are their first choice in applying for an ESRC studentship, and explaining why their academic studies to date and proposed project make them a suitable candidate for this highly competitive source of funding.  Applications for 2018 are now closed.
  • For further information about the DTP and eligibility details, please visit www.ubel-dtp.ac.uk.
  • For queries about MPhil/PhD study at Birkbeck, please contact the administrator, Sian Green.

Birkbeck College Bicentenary Doctoral Studentships

  • As part of the bicentenary of the College, these two full-time PhD Scholarships, for three years each, will start in September 2018. The PhDs will examine some aspect of the history of Birkbeck. The precise research focus will be left open in order to attract the strongest possible field. Applicants will be encouraged to consider research topics such as: the politics of higher education, comparative history of adult education; early Birkbeck; biography of George Birkbeck; the Mechanics Institute movement, the Birkbeck Bank, Birkbeck and London, migration and Birkbeck, specific research traditions within Birkbeck (i.e. crystallography, history, computer science, psychology, art, art history, law, languages, etc.).
  • If you wish to inquire further about this project or have a research proposal please contact Professor Bourke.
  • Qualifications: MA degree (distinction) in History.
  • Outputs (each scholar): a PhD thesis; 1 academic article in an international journal; 1 article in a popular magazine such as BBC History Magazine or History Today. They will help provide content for the bicentennial webpage.
  • Training: one would teach on the “Public Histories” core course and the other would teach the “Public History in Practice” core course, both for the new MA in Public History. Both would be encouraged to contribute to generic training courses in Oral History and/or interviewing methodologies in the Arts and Social Sciences through the Birkbeck Graduate Research School.
  • Funding: 2 x 3 year PhD Scholarships The three-year award will start in autumn term 2018. It will include a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees (£4195 in 2017/8), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (£16,553 in 2017/8, including London Weighting).
  • How to apply:
  • All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with the supervisor, Professor Bourke, in the first instance.
  • Prospective students should send the completed Bicentenary Studentship application form to sian.green@bbk.ac.uk. At the same time, they must apply online for a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. If you are a prospective student, your application cannot be considered if you have not applied for a place.
  • Please consult the general guidance on how to apply for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
  • Applications for 2018 are now closed.
  • Download the application form

Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships: history of sexual violence

  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is pleased to announce the availability of up to two fully-funded three year doctoral studentships (starting in autumn 2018), to work on projects that fall within the scope of Professor Joanna Bourke’s five year Investigator Award, entitled ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’.
  • Applications will be considered from candidates researching sexual violence in any geographical region of the world and any period from the 1750s to the present.
  • The award will consist of a fee waiver up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for MPhil/PhD degrees, plus a studentship stipend based on current Wellcome Trust rates.
  • Successful applicants are likely to have, a first at undergraduate level and/or a distinction at MA, a clearly crafted project and an ability to work as part of a project team on conferences and a website, as well as on the individual research dissertation.
  • If you wish to inquire further about this project or have a research proposal, please contact Professor Bourke at j.bourke@bbk.ac.uk.
  • How to apply:
  • All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with the supervisor, Professor Bourke, in the first instance.
  • Prospective students should send the completed Wellcome Studentship application form to sian.green@bbk.ac.uk. At the same time, they must apply online for a full-time place on the MPhil/PhD programme in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. If you are a prospective student, your application cannot be considered if you have not applied for a place.
  • Please consult the general guidance on how to apply for an MPhil/PhD place in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
  • Applications for 2018 are now closed.
  • Download the application form

The Bonnart Trust PhD Studentship

  • A fully funded three year postgraduate Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship, 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.
  • Applications for the Bonnart Trust PhD Scholarship are now closed.
  • Find out more.

Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Birkbeck College is pleased to announce the fifth 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.
  • New and existing MPhil and PhD 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.
  • Applicants for 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.
  • Applications for 2018 are now closed.
  • 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.

Academic funding for international students

Financial support for MPhil/PhD students