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Funding and scholarships

ESRC studentship for MPhil/PhD students

  • The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy is delighted to announce its participation in the ESRC-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership.
  • Potential applicants should apply first to the department of their choice by Friday 6 January 2017 using the normal application procedure.
  • The final deadline for studentship applications to be sent to Richard Abbott is Friday 3 February 2017, 4pm.
  • Find out more.

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 tbc at the end of November;
  • Closing date for applications for the award to The Mercers’ Company tbc.
  • 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 v.harding@bbk.ac.uk. 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 tomb@mercers.co.uk.
  • 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 (sian.green@bbk.ac.uk). 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: www.bbk.ac.uk/history/prospective-students/phd-mphil/how-to-apply-for-phd-mphil-study

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 third 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 two 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 welcome, 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: tbc (most probably March 2017). See here for further details.
  • 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 2016/17

  • 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: Thursday, 21 April 2016.
  • 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 Laura Stewart (Acting 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: d.binney@bbk.ac.uk
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the week of 25 April 2016.
  • Queries and expressions of interest should be directed to Prof. Joanna Bourke: j.bourke@bbk.ac.uk
  • 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