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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 teaching excellence. Our PhD students are part of a community of more than 200 doctoral students based in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s intellectual quarter. They receive one-on-one supervision from leading scholars and benefit from world-class teaching and research training. Birkbeck PhDs go on to academic positions in leading universities worldwide and excel in a variety of professional fields.

The School offers fully funded postgraduate research opportunities each year, including ESRC studentships, the SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the Bonnart Trust PhD scholarship. Please check this page regularly for up-to-date information on deadlines for October 2018 entry.

SSHP Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy will offer up to seven fully funded MPhil/PhD Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2018/19 entry.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 March 2018.

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 2018, 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: Thursday 1 February 2018

Find out more about the Bonnart Trust scholarship.


ESRC Studentships

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy is a member of the prestigious ESRC-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Fully-funded ESRC studentships (including +3 and 1+3 routes) related to a range of disciplinary pathways are available through this DTP.

Applicants are advised to make contact, well in advance of the application deadline, with Birkbeck's UBEL pathway leads:

Archaeology and Heritage Studies: Dr Jen Baird

Economic and Social History: Dr Jessica Reinisch

Gender and Sexuality: Prof. Rosie Cox

Human Geography: Dr Jasmine Gideon

Linguistics: Prof Zhu Hua

Politics and International Relations: Dr Dermot Hodson

Psychosocial Studies: Dr Margarita Palacios

Sociology: Prof. Stephen Frosch

Closing Date for Applications: Applicants must apply to one of the UBEL DTP pathways by 4pm (GMT) on 9 January 2018 but they must first apply to an MPhil/PhD programme (or MRes programme for 1+3 applications) that forms one of the training routes for this pathway. The deadlines for applying to departments/programmes vary between 1 December 2017 and 9 January 2018 and late applications will not be accepted. Please contact the pathway leads listed above for details about these deadlines and further information.

Find out more about the ESRC studentships


History, Classics and Archaeology Scholarships

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is offering up to six fully-funded MPhil/PhD research scholarships for 2018/2019 entry. These studentships include awards funded by generous alumni donations and others linked to specific research projects:

  • Prof. Joanna Bourke’s Wellcome Trust project on “Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Science”
  • The Birkbeck Bicentenary Studentships

The deadline for these scholarships varies by award. For further details, please see here.


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.