Department of History

Fees and funding for history students

There is a wide range of financial support available for students at the University of Nottingham. The support available depends on many factors such as:

  • subject
  • award level
  • where you live
  • income

Many of the financial support options require you to hold an offer of a place to study at Nottingham before you can make an application for funding.

It is therefore highly recommended that you begin the application process in time to meet the funding deadlines.


General funding information including bursaries and scholarships


Postgraduate funding

General information


Masters Degree Funding

Digital Humanities Centre Scholarship - applications for 2017-18 entry are now closed

The Digital Humanities Centre at the University of Nottingham invites applications for one MA/MSc Scholarship to provide support in the Centre. The Scholarship is available for postgraduate study in the Departments of Classics & Archaeology, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies. The award pays an amount equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees for one year of full-time or two years of part-time postgraduate masters study. It can be awarded as a tuition fee or a stipendiary scholarship.

Further information and application form

Lillian M Ruff Postgraduate Scholarship – applications for 2017-18 entry are now closed

The scholarship is equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities. There will be one recipient in 2017/18.

Dr Lillian M Ruff is a graduate of the University of Nottingham who has generously established this scholarship in her name.


  • Be enrolled in the first year of a part-time taught postgraduate MA course in the School of Humanities at the University of Nottingham in 2017.
  • Meet the residency requirements for a ‘home’ or European Union student, and be liable for the relevant home/EU fee.
  • Be a self-funded student.
  • Have a low income which necessitates your continuing to work throughout your course and be working prior to your starting on the course. 

Closing date for applications 18 August 2017.

Full details and application form

Pauline Roberts Scholarship – applications for 2017-18 entry are now closed

The Pauline Roberts Scholarship offers a scholarship to United Kingdom nationals to support one student on the MA in History. The Scholarship has a value of 6,000 Canadian dollars per annum (approximately £2,500–£3,000 depending on the exchange rate), and is tenable for one year. This will be matched by funds from the Department of History and will be offset against the home tuition fee for 2017 - 2018.

The Scholarship is intended to be awarded to an applicant of academic merit who has commitment to complete the programme of study, who is in great need of financial support and who can demonstrate a social contribution to the community. The award is open only to United Kingdom nationals.

Download the application form for the Pauline Roberts Scholarship

The Tranfield Scholarship – applications for 2017-18 entry are now closed

The Tranfield Scholarship kindly offers to support one full-time student on the MA in History in the Department  of  History at the University of Nottingham. The scholarship has a value of £6,525 for the 2017/18 academic  session and is intended to act as a fee waiver.

Download the guidance notes for the Tranfield Scholarship

Download the application form for the Tranfield Scholarship

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of Masters scholarships available

Government supported loans

Student Loan Company

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for eligible students who are studying a taught or research Masters course from September 2016 onwards. 

Full details on the Student Services website

Professional and career development loans

Commercial loans supported by the Skills Funding Agency. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you are studying.

More information on the Student Services website


Research degree funding

Midlands3Cities PhD funding - applications open. Deadline 15 January 2018.

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) provides UK/EU research candidates with:

  • funding
  • expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision)
  • training
  • access to a wide range of facilities
  • cohort events
  • placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

Full details on the M3C DTP and how to apply


The M3C DTP is a collaboration between:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Nottingham. 
PhD Studentship | 'Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of Her Family Life' - EXTENDED DEADLINE applications close 5pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018

EXTENDED DEADLINE! 3-Year Faculty of Arts PhD Studentship

Department of History, University of Nottingham

In connection with: ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life’

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Arts funded PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent AHRC Standard Grant: 'Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life’ awarded to Professor Paul Crawford (Health Sciences) and Dr Anna Greenwood (History). 

The successful candidate will be given latitude as to the scope and approach of their doctorate, but their central research question should be associated with one, or more, of the following historical themes: nursing, midwifery, gender, caring, domesticity and health post 1800. Applicants should show they have developed an original research question around one of these themes, have scoped the availability of relevant archival materials and should demonstrate an in-depth engagement with relevant historiography. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years (subject to satisfactory progression), will begin on 1 October 2018, or soon thereafter, and will be supervised by Dr Greenwood and another academic selected dependent on the details of the chosen proposal.

This scholarship will cover HEU tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (stipend) matching Research Councils UK recommendation – for 2017/18 £14,553 per annum, pro rata.

The University of Nottingham's Graduate School's Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from 'Using Archives in Your Research', to 'Pathways into Publishing'. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Arts students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in History.

How to apply:

Applicants should have a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in history and an MA in a relevant discipline, including medical history, history of science, social and cultural history or gender history. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrable knowledge and interest in post 1800 nursing history specifically, or medical history generally.

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) and have a UK or EU tuition fee status. In general this means settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. International applicants are not eligible to apply for this studentship.

Applicants should submit via email a single MS Word or PDF document which includes a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining their proposed research project and qualification for the studentship, a sample of writing (c. 3000 words) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. 
Please send this document to the email address no later than 5pm on Wednesday 28 February. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – Faculty of Arts/Nottingham studentship’. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Nottingham, March 2018. 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for PhD study in the Department of History in advance of the interview: 

Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship - applications for 2017 entry are now closed

One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year 2017/18. This award is open to nominations from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts. This Scholarship is founded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University, 1971–1978.


Students with a conditional or an unconditional offer on a PhD research programme at the University of Nottingham, or who are currently in the first year of their PhD are eligible to apply. International students are eligible to apply but funding is only at the level of HEU fees and maintenance grant. Each School may nominate one student. The award is for full time students only.

Value of the award

Remission of full time HEU, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates (i.e. £4,121 and £14,296 for 2016/17). The expected start date for awards is 1st October 2017. The Scholarship can be awarded for up to three years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.


The application form gives the process for its completion and an indication of how applicants will be assessed.

• Section one of the form to be completed by the student

• Section two to be completed by two supervisors

• Section three to be completed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies or equivalent after the application deadline.

Applicants are asked to liaise with their first and second supervisors to complete Sections 1 and 2 of the form by the application deadline of Friday 28 April 2017*. 

Section 3 will be completed after the submission deadline.

Application forms should be submitted (in Word format) by email to the PGR Team at University Park West Student Service Centre:

*Applicants who are struggling to meet the deadline may submit the application form with just Section 1 completed. In this case the applicant must add the names of the first and second supervisor to Section 2.

This is a competitive award and after an internal sifting process the School of Humanities will nominate one candidate to the Graduate School by Thursday 25 May 2017. The winning candidate will receive a letter from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School in late June.

Download application form (Word document)

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of PhD scholarships available

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship in Modern Russian Social/Economic History

Enquiries and expressions of interest are invited for studentships in the Department of History, University of Nottingham, in Modern Russian Social and/or Economic History. The deadline for expressions of interest is 22 December 2017.

Full details on what’s involved and how to apply

John Robinson PhD studentship in history, September 2017 entry - applications for 2017 entry are now closed

The Department of History at the University of Nottingham invites applications from outstanding candidates for this PhD Studentship. The studentship is funded by the late John Robinson, alumnus of the History Department. Excellent applications in any area that can be supervised by the Department’s academic staff are welcomed but applications in one or more of the following priority areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Urban development and urban culture from early medieval to modern period
  • Political history of medieval England
  • Politics, society and culture in early modern England and Europe
  • Political identities and ideologies in modern and contemporary Britain, Europe, USA and Russia
  • Histories of rights and justice
  • Visual and material cultures in modern Britain, Europe and Russia
  • Histories of ethnicity, race and nation
  • European empires, colonialism and decolonization
  • Histories of health and medicine
  • Histories of gender and sexuality from early medieval to modern period
  • Asia-Pacific histories in the modern period


  • Must be starting PhD studies in September 2017
  • Full-time only
  • Fee status of UK, EU or overseas
  • Must hold an offer of a place to study in the Department of History, University of Nottingham

The award of £17,500 per annum for three years covers tuition fees (for 2017-18 these will be £4,183* for Home/EU students and £15,570 for international students) with the remainder paid as a stipend. (*This fee is an estimate. The final amount will be determined by Research Councils UK and is expected to be announced in spring 2017.)

The deadline for funding applications is 12 noon (British time) on Friday 7 April 2017 and these should be submitted to

By the time the funding application is submitted students must have also applied for a place to study. This application is submitted via the University of Nottingham online system at

Please note: references only need to be submitted when you apply for a place to study – you do not need to submit them again when applying for studentship funding. For this reason, please ensure that your referees are aware that what they write will also be used to assess your funding application and that they are aware of the deadline for submission of references.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Karen Adler:

Download an application form.



Tuition fees



Department of History

University of Nottingham
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