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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 not yet confirmed 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 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 2018.
  • 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 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

International Scholarships


General postgraduate funding information

General MPhil/PhD funding information