PhD Funding

Warburg Institute PhD Students have access to a variety of sources of funding. The Institute has an excellent record in securing external funding, and is happy to work with prospective students on their funding applications.



The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) award

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.

To be eligible to apply for the LAHP award you must ordinarily be resident in the UK or the European Union. 

The Institute welcomes applications from prospective PhD students who want to apply to the LAHP award.

Your research topic must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. Please consult the LAHP website for full eligibility criteria.

If you would like the Institute to support your application please ensure that you have done the following by midnight on 15 November 2019:

  1. Approached and received the agreement from a member of the academic staff at the Institute to supervise your project
  2. Send to
  • An up to date CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • Your research proposal. This should be in the format required by the LAHP application: no more than 5,000 characters (including spaces – but you are not required to include a bibliography and references), describing your proposed project.

This should include the following information:

  •  A summary of the project and its significance to your field
  • Why the project is appropriate for your proposed institution
  • Why you would like to work with your proposed supervisor(s)

A committee will meet to review all the applications and choose those that the Institute is able to support through to the LAHP application submission. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the deadline on midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 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.

Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship

The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing the thesis. The scholarship is available to postgraduate students of UK universities that have the Editex scholarship listed in their scholarship pages. Applications will open on 1 July and close on 30 November each year.



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.


Hardship Funds

Warburg Institute Hardship Grant

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.

Students can apply for help from the grant at any time during the academic year. 

Download the form. 

Please note: Existing Warburg Students are also eligible to apply for this bursary

School of Advanced Study Hardship Grant

The SAS Hardship Grant provides discretionary financial assistance for all students – particularly to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The Fund is intended to alleviate financial hardship. You can apply for help from the Fund at any time during the academic year.