Course(s) Offered: Humanities
Course Level: Graduate (DPhil, research)
Provider: Wolfson Foundation
Country to Study in: UK
The Wolfson Foundation, through the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships, offers doctoral (DPhil) research Scholarships in the Humanities to students of all nationalities to study at any one of nine carefully selected Universities in the UK.
The scholarship initiative reflects the Foundation's concerns about funding for the humanities and the potential impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies. Its aim is thus not only to support some of the most exciting students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities.
The Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding humanities students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. International, EU and UK students are eligible. Note that some schools may award only UK or EU students only while others award more of international students.
Fields of Study
The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships will fund doctoral research in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation’s interests:
- Literature and
27 scholarships are funded each year at nine universities across the UK. The scholarships are worth some £25,000 each year (over three years), and cover fees, provide a maintenance stipend, and provide for some research and training costs.
Any one of the selected Universities in the UK are eligible for you to apply to. The participating universities are selected using a formula based on their research record.
Institutions currently involved in the programme are:
1). University of Oxford
Eligibility criteriaYou should be applying to start a new DPhil course in history, literature or languages at Oxford.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course (see the Courses page via link below for more information).
This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for part-time courses. This scholarship is also not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2016-17.
The continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based upon satisfactory academic progress.
How to applyIn order to be considered, you must submit applications for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your chosen course, and must be successful in being offered a place of study after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course.
If you do not apply by the deadline, you will not be considered for this scholarship. Course applications which are held over after the January deadline to be re-evaluated against applications received by the March deadline or course applications which have been put on a waiting list are not eligible for scholarship consideration..
All eligible applicants who have applied correctly for their chosen course of study will automatically be considered for the Scholarships. The application deadline for the University of Oxford is 23 January 2015 depending on your course.
For complete information, please visit the University of Oxford.
2). University of Sheffield
- You should have a strong academic record, including a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in a field of study relevant to your research (or equivalent qualifications).
- You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in the 2015-16 academic year (i.e. after 1st August 2015, exact start date to be agreed with your supervisor/ department) on a project which falls into one of the broad categories of history, literature or languages.
- Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants.
How to applyScholarships are awarded on a competitive basis - applications are assessed on the basis of academic success and qualifications, experience, research background, a clear well-articulated research proposal, the potential impact of the research and a good match with supervisor/ departmental expertise.
The closing date for Wolfson Postgraduate scholarship applications is Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 12 noon. Late applications will not be accepted in any circumstances.
For complete information, please visit the University of Sheffield.
3). University of Warwick
- Applicants must be applying for a full-time PhD (or MPhil/PhD) course at the University of Warwick, expecting to begin in Autumn 2015;
- Applicants must be applying to a department within the Arts Faculty or the Philosophy Department
How to ApplyApplicants can apply for a Wolfson Scholarship by completing the Joint Postgraduate Admissions and Scholarship Application form. If you are eligible for this scholarship you will be asked if you would like to be considered for funding as part of your application to the University. Please select YES at this point and you will be invited to complete further information that will form the basis of your application for this Scholarship.
The Application deadline for this year’s competition is 11:59pm (GMT) on Monday 12th January 2015.
Please note no late applications will be accepted.
For complete information, visit the University of Warwick.
4). University of York
Eligibility and AvailabilityIn order to be eligible you must:
- Have applied for, and ideally be in receipt of an offer of a place on, a PhD programme in the relevant department.
- Expect to begin your PhD studies on 1 October 2015 (deferrals are not permitted)
- Have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing the PhD
- Have completed a masters level qualification before commencing the PhD
How to applyAll potential applicants should discuss their Wolfson application with their prospective Department.
Applicants should submit an application for a Wolfson Scholarship using the link below and must already applied for a place on the relevant programme via York Select. Please do not start your Wolfson application form until you have applied for a place of PhD study at York, and received your 9-digit student number.
The deadline for Wolfson Scholarship applications for 2015 entry is Midnight GMT on Monday 2nd February 2015. To ensure fairness and transparency we do not accept applications after the deadline.
For complete information, visit the University of York.
5). School of Oriental and African Studies
Candidate CriteriaApplicants intending to commence a full-time research degree in 2015/16 in one of the above subjects are eligible to apply for the award.
Only new research students may apply: those already enrolled on a research degree programme at SOAS are not eligible to apply.
Have an offer of admission to a Research degree programme by the scholarship application deadline.
To be eligible to apply, candidates must at the time of application:
- Be a holder of a First Class Honours Degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Have (or expect to obtain) a relevant Master's degree from a UK university with a mark of Distinction (or overseas equivalent).
- Be UK residents paying fees at the UK rate. Applicants must be classified as Home for fee purposes in order to be eligible for this scholarship (details on your fee status can be found in your offer of admission).
How to applyYou must submit a complete online application to your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 30 January 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
For complete information, visit the School of Oriental and African Studies.
6). University College London
Eligibility criteriaPlease note: only UK/EU applicants are eligible.
Wolfson Scholarships will be available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation’s interests: history, literature and languages.
The awards are available for doctoral research only, and will be paid over three years (or up to six years part time). For full-time students, it is expected that students complete their doctorate in three years.
Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.
Awards are for students beginning their doctoral study at the start of the academic year 2015-16.
How to applyCandidates should inform the Departmental Graduate Tutor that they would like to be considered for the Wolfson scholarship and should also check their own department's application procedure.
Candidates should contact the relevant department regarding the application procedure and departmental deadlines.
Departments should send all nominations to Georgina Bolton in the Faculty Office by Friday 30th January 2015.
For complete information, please visit the University College London.
7). University of CambridgeAs part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) selection process, we additionally nominate one PhD candidate each year for a prestigious Wolfson Foundation award. The award covers full fees and maintenance starting at £16,500 p.a. year, and includes a generous Research Allowance. No application is required: eligible candidates will be considered automatically
The Wolfson Foundation award at the University of Cambridge is for EU and home students only.
It is preferable that AHRC application forms are provided as early as possible, but by 9 January 2015 at the very latest. 9 January 2015 is the deadline for receipt of applications. Please ensure your online application is made by this date at the very latest.
For complete information, visit the University of Cambridge.
8). University of Edinburgh
Eligibility criteriaThe scholarships are available for doctoral research only. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, usually with a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.
Applicants must be from the UK. Other applicants will not be considered.
How to applyEligible applicants should complete an online application form.
Completed application forms must be received by Scholarships and Student Funding Services no later 3 February 2015. Please note that you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh and have full EASE authenication.
For complete details, visit the University of Edinburgh.
9). University of Southampton
Eligibility criteriaThe award has a total value of £78,000 over the three years, covering fees at PhD level (UKEU rate), a living stipend of £20,000 per annum and a sum for travel and other research expenses. These awards are available to UK students.
How to applyYou must complete an online University application for a place on a programme as well as submitting a funding form.
Download the Humanities Funding form to apply. Submit both an application to study at the University of Southampton and a funding application form.
The deadline for applications for Humanities funding is Friday 13th February 2015.
For complete information, visit the University of Southampton. Also see Southampton Money matters and Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate funding.
The Wolfson Foundation is a charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education, and the arts and humanities.
In line with the Foundation’s policy of backing excellence, scholarships are offered at a carefully selected group of nine universities that have strengths across the three disciplines, of which the University of Oxford is one.
Oxford has been awarded three scholarships and matched funding is being provided by the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund, to which many Oxford donors have made gifts of all sizes, creating a total of four scholarships.
Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship Information(Wolfson Foundation)
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