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


JB Trapp Scholarship 

The JB Trapp Scholarship is open to international students who have been offered a place on the Institute’s MPhil/PhD Programme. It will cover international fees and provide an annual £15,000 maintenance payment for a maximum of three years. This scholarship is not for those who wish to do distance learning. 

To be eligible to apply students must have been offered a place on the programme and be categorised as an International student. We particularly encourage applications from students from the Global South.

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

To apply please download this form and return it to warburg@sas.ac.uk by 1 May 2021. 

Please note: If you are a current Warburg Student ( i.e. you started your PhD in October 2020 or earlier), you need to complete the form and also provide a short statement (up to 1000 words) which outlines what you have achieved so far with your PhD research, what you plan to do in the coming years, and any other relevant professional development achievements.  This can be provided in a word document.

 

Rubinstein Scholarship

The Rubinstein Scholarship is open to home students who have been offered a place on the Institute’s MPhil/PhD Programme. It will cover home fees and provide an annual £15,000 maintenance payment for a maximum of three years. This scholarship is not for those who wish to do distance learning.

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

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

To apply please download this form and return it to warburg@sas.ac.uk by 1 May 2021.

Please note: If you are a current Warburg Student ( i.e. you started your PhD in October 2020 or earlier), you need to complete the form and also provide a short statement (up to 1000 words) which outlines what you have achieved so far with your PhD research, what you plan to do in the coming years, and any other relevant professional development achievements.  This can be provided in a word document.


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. They are holding open studentship competition Q&A sessions for potential PhD students and supervisors on 18, 24 November and 2 December, 2–3pm. Register here.  More information on the Q&A webpage.

The Warburg Institute invites applications for PhD funding through LAHP. Applications for the LAHP three-year PhD studentships (2021-22 entry) will open in late November 2020. The Warburg has an active support system for applications from approved prospective and current first-year PhD students.

Key dates in the process:

  • By the first week of December - Contact a prospective supervisor at the Warburg Institute with a two-page research proposal and engage in a short exchange about your suitability for PhD study at the Warburg.
  • By Monday 7 December - Submit the first draft of your application texts, including: 
    • Title

    • Proposed supervisor

    • Summary of proposed research (600 charcters including spaces - around 500 words)

    • Research proposal, composed of :

      • Significance and originality; underpinning ideas, aims and research questions (Up to 4,000 characters, including spaces) c 3000 words

      • Research design, methodology and/or sources (including practice-led research (Up to 4,000 characters, including spaces)

      • Key references cited in your proposal (Up to 10)

      • Timetable for Completion (Up to 600 characters including spaces)

  • Between 1 December 2020 and 4 January 2021 - Make application to the PhD programme at Warburg Instititute through the University of London Registry
    NB : You must have had an interview and have been accepted into the Warburg’s programme by 25 January 2021. (NB: the Warburg requires an interview that can only be arranged after your full application, including references, has been received by the Registry. The earlier you can apply, the better.)

  • Thursday 10 December  - Attend a group Zoom meeting for general and specific feedback on your texts
  • Monday 11 January - Submit a second draft of your application texts
  • Thursday 14 January - Attend a group Zoom meeting for general and specific feedback on your texts and a discussion of appropriate submission panels
  • Week of January 18 - Individual supervisor review of penultimate text draft

NB : Students may contact prospective supervisors after the first week of December but we will be unable to give this level of support to their applications. All students entering the LAHP competition must have applied to the Instutute, been interviewed and have been formally accepted by 25 January 2021.

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.

 

Loans

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.