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Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarships

Birkbeck is pleased to announce the seventh 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 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.


Applications are invited for two MA studentships worth £5,000 each to assist students interested in studying on one of the MA programmes in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. We encourage applications from overseas students as well as from UK and EU students. The scheme is open to part-time as well as full-time students.

How to apply

  • Applicants must apply through the usual process for a place on an MA programme. See our list of postgraduate programmes.
  • In addition, applicants are asked to submit two documents directly to the department:
    • a one-page statement outlining what they hope to achieve by taking the MA programme, noting in particular what they hope to research in their MA dissertation
    • 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 21 March 2022, 5pm.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for for applications is Monday 21 March 2022, 5pm.