Warburg Institute Scholarships

Rubinstein Scholarship

The Rubinstein Scholarship is open to home students who have been offered a place on the Institute’s MPhil/PhD Programme. It covers home fees and provides an annual £18,000 maintenance payment for a maximum of three years. This scholarship is not available to distance learning students.  

To be eligible to apply students had to have been offered a place on the PhD programme and be categorised as an home student.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28th April 2023.

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JB Trapp Scholarship 

...the JB Trapp Scholarship abled me to fully embark myself on scholarly research without the need of worrying for any material issue, which I cannot find other than remarkable in the current uncertain times."  Guillermo Willis, PhD student

This scholarship is now OPEN. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28th April 2023.

The JB Trapp Scholarship is open to international students who have been offered a place on the Institute’s MPhil/PhD programme. Students will be awarded £30,000 to be paid in three instalments across the three years of their MPhil/PhD programme. The scholarship is competitive and the decision is based on academic merit. This scholarship is not available to distance learning students.

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External Scholarships

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) award

These studentships are currently closed for application. 

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 90 cross-institutional studentships per year available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines. Applications for 2023/2024 open on 28 November 2022, with a deadline on 27 January 2023. The competition is open to home and international students on both the full-time and part-time tracks.

Please note that prior to applying you must have secured admission into the Warburg PhD programme and support from a prospective supervisor.

Please email your CV, a summary of your proposed research, and a brief statement of why you want to study at the Warburg to the Programme Director, Dr Sara Miglietti (sara.miglietti@sas.ac.uk).

Suitable applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal and to attend an application-writing workshop with Warburg staff in December (in person, with a Zoom link for remote attendance).

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand) are offered for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities. 

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact.

Marshall Scholarships

For U.S. citizens only, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are overseen by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the UK. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at UK institutions in any field of study.

Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is also willing to consider applications for PhD programmes.

The Klesch Collection Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Painting

The Klesch Collection offers grants towards the yearly cost of university fees to graduate students who have been accepted into a full-time Art History MA or PhD course of study worldwide, beginning the next academic year. PhD students are welcome to apply for any year in their programme. Applications will be considered from students who will focus/are focusing their studies on European and British painting of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (c. 1400 – 1700).


UK PhD Government Loans 

From September 2018, the UK government will offer loans of up to £25,000 to support students wishing to undertake a PhD who are not in receipt of UK Research Council funding.

These loans will be available to English-resident students and support all types of doctorate degree at universities within the UK. Although you are not eligible for this loan if you already receive UK Research Council funding, you can combine this loan with other funding sources.

Federal Direct Loans for US Students

Federal Stafford loans are operated by the US Government to assist US citizens with the costs of studying.

Support Fund

Warburg Student Support Fund

The Institute has a small hardship grant that both MA and PhD students can apply to. The maximum amount of funding available per student is likely to be a few hundred pounds.

The Warburg Hardship Grant provides discretionary financial assistance for all students – particularly to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The grant is intended to alleviate financial hardship.

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Travel Fund

Warburg Institute Travel Fund for existing Warburg MPhil/PhD Students

The Institute has a small Student Travel Fund which provides grants for research visits and when giving a paper at a conference for both full-time and part-time Warburg MPhil/PhD students.

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