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Funding and scholarships

Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships

  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck is pleased to announce the sixth year of Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships, named in memory of one of the greatest historians of the last century.
  • Eric Hobsbawm taught at our department for most of his life and remained President of Birkbeck until his death. His work continues to inspire students and academics around the world. The scholarships have been set up to support the next generation of talented historians in pursuing original, high-quality and exciting research by assisting financially with study and research costs.
  • Applications are invited for two postgraduate studentships worth £5000 each to assist students who start on one of the MA programmes in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology in 2019/20. We encourage applications from ethnic minority candidates, who are currently under-represented at the department. The scheme is open to part-time as well as full-time students. We welcome applications from UK, EU and overseas candidates.
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 3 June 2019, 5pm
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for an Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship must apply through the usual process for a place on one of our MA programmes. 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.
  • These documents should be emailed to Siân Green by the deadline.
  • 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.

MA Medical Humanities Studentship

  • Call for Applications
  • The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London are delighted to offer a fully funded studentship for its MA Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas. Details of the MA programme can be found on the relevant prospectus page.
  • The studentship is part of a grant secured from the Wellcome Trust and includes UK/EU tuition fees, a London-weighted stipend at UK Research Council rates and a generous research allowance. It is open to all applicants to the MA Medical Humanities and will be awarded on the basis of both financial and academic merit. The successful applicant must be available to commence their studies in October 2019. We particularly encourage applications from candidates with proposed research projects that look beyond the boundaries of Europe.
  • Informal enquiries may be made to the Co-Directors of the MA Medical Humanities, Dr Anne Hanley ( and Dr Peter Fifield (
  • The deadline for applications is 17:00 BST, Monday 8 July 2019. Please submit your application by emailing the following to Adam Whittock at
    • A full CV
    • A 500-word statement of research, detailing plans for the applicant’s dissertation project. This should include attention to the following:
    1. The project’s methodological and scholarly foundations
    2. The project’s academic importance
    3. Why the project is a good fit for Wellcome funding
    4. Discussion of the project’s potential non-academic impact and scholarly outputs
    • A 250-word personal statement outlining your interest in the Medical Humanities, as well as your suitability to, and reasons for taking, the MA Medical Humanities
    • A sample of academic writing produced by the applicant of no more than 2500 words. This may be one or more undergraduate essays or dissertation chapters
    • The name and contact details of an academic referee who is able to comment on the applicant’s suitability for MA study
  • Applicants must complete an application for a place on the MA Medical Humanities programme either before, or at the same time as, applying for this funding. They are expected to meet the entry requirements for MA study within the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Department of English and Humanities.

Funding for research trips, skills development and conferences  (MA and PhD)

General postgraduate financial support

  • For information and advice on financial support, please see this page

PhD Studentships

  • For information about possible sources of research funding offered by Birkbeck and external funding bodies, please see our Research Funding page

General MPhil/PhD financial support

  • For general information about PhD funding at Birkbeck, please see this page.