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.

Warburg Institute Scholarships

Our PhD scholarship competition is currently closed. Applications for 2021/22 entry will reopen in late November and the updated timeline and eligibility details will be published in due course.


External Scholarships

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.

LAHP are yet to announce the deadline for applications for the 2021-22 recruitment cycle. When they do publish their deadline we will publish the process and deadlines if you would like the Warburg Institute to support your application.

If you would like to be added to a list to receive notification of when we announce our process please email

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 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. 

Warburg Hardship Grant - Coronavirus

If you are experiencing financial challenges due to the coronavirus please download this form.

Please note: Existing Warburg Students are also eligible to apply for the Warburg Hardship Grant

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.