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Funding for Research Students


The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy offers an invigorating educational experience built upon our international reputation for research and our excellent teaching. The School's research places it amongst the best in the UK. The School will be offering fully funded postgraduate research opportunities in 2017/18.

Applications are now being accepted for the ESRC studentships, the Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship and the Stuart Hall PhD scholarship for October 2017 entry.

ESRC Studentships

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. Applications for this studentship are now closed for 2017/18 entry.

Find out more about the ESRC studentships.

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: Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2017/18 entry. Successful applicants will be announced in May 2017.

Find out more about the SSHP research scholarships.

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: Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2017/18 entry.

Find out more about the Bonnart Trust scholarship.

Stuart Hall PhD Scholarship

A 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: Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2017/18 entry.

Find out more about the Stuart Hall scholarship.

The Mercers' Company Studentship

In partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, the Mercers' Company, as the premier livery company of the City of London, wishes to award one doctoral studentship in the history of London starting in October 2017.

Find out more about the Mercers' Company Studentship.

International Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck; others are offered in partnership with other organisations.

Find out more about our International scholarships.

Other funding sources