School of Humanities

Funding your studies

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


Taught Masters degree funding - MA, MSc

School of Humanities Masters Studentships - deadline: 29 June 2018

The School of Humanities is offering five Masters Studentships for applicants for September 2018 entry. The studentship will cover the full HEU tuition fees for 2018-19.

To be eligible applicants must have HEU fee status and must have applied for a place to study on a full-time campus-based masters course offered by a department in the School of Humanities (Classics and Archaeology; History; Music; Philosophy; Theology and Religious Studies) with a start date of September 2018. It is not necessary to hold an offer for a place to study prior to making the funding application.

In addition, applicants must be able to indicate their intent to pursue a PhD on successful completion of their masters course.

This funding is not available to distance-learning, part-time, and international-fee students.

Candidates should complete the Application Form referencing the Guidance Notes.

Completed applications should be submitted to The application deadline is 12 noon on Friday 29 June 2018.

Digital Humanities Centre Scholarship

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, 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.

Application details will follow before June 2018. Application deadline will be in August 2018.

Lillian M Ruff Postgraduate Scholarship

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

There will be one recipient in 2018/19, being awarded a scholarship equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a full time/part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities at University of Nottingham.

Application deadline: Thursday 16 August 2018

Further information
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 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



History masters students only

Pauline Roberts Scholarship

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 2018-19.  

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.

For enquiries please contact the MA Course Director, Dr Ruben Serem:

Download the application form for the Pauline Roberts Scholarship

The Tranfield Scholarship – applications for 2018/19

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 £6,840 for the 2018-19 academic session and is intended to act as a fee waiver.

Download the application form for the Tranfield Scholarship


Music masters students only

Henry Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarships - deadline: 18 May 2018

These tuition fee scholarships worth £2,500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to two full-time or part-time postgraduate students enrolled on the MA in Music (by Research). The scholarships are particularly intended for students specialising in vocal performance or researching an aspect of singing or the voice. The awards will be made for the 2018/19 academic year, and they cannot be deferred. To be eligible to apply you must have a UK or EU fee status and have an offer of a place on the MA programme. Please direct any queries concerning the scholarship to

Download the application form for the Henry Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarships



Research degrees funding - PhD, MPhil, MRes, Masters (by research)

Midlands3Cities PhD funding - applications for 2018 entry closed

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. 
Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship 2018 - application deadline: Friday 27 April 2018
Scholarships for international students

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

Please note that the application deadlines for the Vice Chancellors Scholarships are 12.00 noon Monday 9 April 2018 for overseas applicants and 12.00 noon on Friday 4 May 2018 for applicants from the EU. Details on how to apply can be found by following the link below.

See the full range of PhD scholarships available



History only

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship - applications for 2018 entry now closed

Studentships are available in the Department of History, University of Nottingham, on the Social & Economic History and Area Studies pathways as part of this ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. Details for 2019 entry will be posted at the end of 2018.

Full details on what’s involved and how to apply



Department of Philosophy

PhD Studentship Funding: Fostering ethical AI-robot interactions with the elderly or vulnerable populations

This project will examine ethical issues arising from AI-robot interaction with the elderly or vulnerable populations. As companies develop AI-robots to assist humans in everyday tasks, it is crucial that social and legal frameworks are in place to govern the development and employment of these applications. Generally, however, technological advances outpace ethical assessment. It is important that AI applications be sufficiently ethically robust so that people do not suffer through their interaction with them. Ethically grounded policy frameworks are also in the interests of AI-robot developers, as such policies foster public and consumer trust.

Full information on the Midlands3Cities website

For more details please click here

PhD Studentship Funding: Trust and AI in the FinTech sector

According to CB Insights, Fintech startups received $17.4 billion in funding in 2016 and were on pace to surpass that sum as of late 2017. Positioned centrally within the FinTech sector are Robo-advisors that utilize algorithms to automate investment advice to lower its cost and increase accessibility. This software can provide financial advice or investment management online with little human intervention. However, as noted by the Telegraph’s 2017 Fintech survey, low trust is a significant area of concern for the sector, mirroring the well-established concerns around trust facing self-driving cars.

Full information on the Midlands3Cities website

For more details please click here



Theology and Religious Studies only

The Memorial Scholarship

Open to postgraduate research students, full-time or part-time holding an offer to study or already admitted to the MA (by research) in Theology/Religious Studies, MRes in Theology/Religious Studies or PhD in Theology/Religious Studies and undertaking research in Hebrew Bible.

Application deadline: 31 August 2018

Further information


External sources of funding

Choral scholarships

Financial support is available in exchange for regular commitment to the choirs. Audition required. See the choral scholarships page for more information. 

Classics and Archaeology

Alexander S Onassis Foundation 

Theology and Religious Studies


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