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

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, 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 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 Friday 28 July 2017.

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


School of Humanities Masters Studentships - deadline: 30 June 2018, details available mid-May

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 hold an offer of a place to study on a full-time 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.

The application deadline will be 30 June 2018. Further details, including how to apply, will be posted on this website in mid-May, so please continue to check for updates.



History masters students only

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 2017-18.

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



Music masters students only

Henry Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarships - deadline: 1 May 2018

These tuition fee scholarships worth £2,500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to two full-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

PhD Studentship | Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth-Century Asia - applications for 2017 entry now closed

The Department of History at the University of Nottingham invites applications from suitably-qualified candidates for a full-time studentship in Auditory Histories of Occupation in Twentieth-Century Asia. The studentship is offered through the project Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth-Century Asia (COTCA), led by Dr Jeremy E Taylor. The successful candidate will develop an auditory or sonic history study of foreign occupation in 20th-century East and/or Southeast Asia.

The project and scope of studentship

How has foreign occupation shaped culture? What are the lasting cultural legacies of foreign occupation in the modern era? These are key questions which, in light of continuing occupations around the world, remain crucial today. COTCA will address these questions by analysing how occupation – under colonial, wartime or Cold War powers – gave rise to unique visual, auditory and spatial regimes in East and Southeast Asia. Details of the project's aims and objectives can be found here.

This studentship fits within COTCA’s Stream 2: 'Soundscapes of Occupation in Twentieth-Century Asia'. The precise choice of research topic will lie with the student in consultation with supervisors, but it must employ an 'auditory history' approach to analyse the impact of foreign occupation (understood in its widest sense) on cultural expression in East and/or Southeast Asia in the 20th century. It might therefore be a specific study of occupation in an individual society, or it might be comparative or regional in focus.

Integral to the COTCA Project as a whole is a Digital Archive. The successful candidate will contribute to building this, in conjunction with Dr Taylor, and IT services at the University of Nottingham.

The PhD is tenable for three years commencing 1 October 2017, subject to satisfactory progress review, and consists of an annual stipend matching RCUK rates (£14,553 p.a. in 2017-18, updated annually), plus an overseas fieldwork allowance of £1,350. The studentship also includes a fee waiver for Home/EU fees. For international applicants the studentship will cover the international tuition fee (£15,570 in 2017-18) with a correspondingly reduced stipend. Please apply via University of Nottingham PhD applications. Include a personal statement (2,000 characters) and a research proposal (2,000 characters) on how the PhD will address COTCA’s aims and objectives. Please enter 'COTCA studentship' as the source of funding, and Dr Jeremy Taylor as potential supervisor. Your two references must address the applicant's suitability for a place on the course, and their suitability for the studentship.

You must be holding the offer of a place on the course before you will be considered for funding. It is therefore imperative that you complete the online application as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is 16:00 (British time) on 30 April 2017. Interviews will be in May or June 2017 (in person or via skype). Informal enquiries should be directed to

Funding is guaranteed irrespective of the outcome of any UK/EU negotiations.

AHRC PhD Studentship in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) - applications for 2017 entry now closed

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Nottingham: The photographs of people who were victims of Nazi persecution: building a collection; interrogating its meaning. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are the University of Nottingham and IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professors Elizabeth Harvey and Maiken Umbach at the University of Nottingham, and Rachel Donnelly of IWM. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2017.

The project and scope of studentship

This project will consolidate IWM’s collections relating to the Holocaust through collecting, copying and documenting the photographs that exist of the families of former Jewish and non-Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors, and will produce a PhD which will reflect on these collections and determine new meanings from them. Yaffa Eliach’s There once was a world, Noam Shenker’s Reframing Holocaust Testimony and other works have addressed this kind of material to some degree, but there has yet to be an in-depth academic study based on the photographs of Holocaust survivors who made their home in the UK.

The project would involve continuing an existing IWM initiative to collect the photographs of the pre-war lives of families whose possessions and/ or testimony have been given to IWM. The resulting collection would mean that the present project to create new Holocaust Galleries (due to open in 2020), the learning programmes that will support them and future interpretations of the Holocaust at IWM will be backed up by a high-quality, well-researched collection of images.

Similar photographs can be seen in exhibitions across Europe, the US and Israel, and are increasingly being shown and interpreted on websites (Virtual Shtetl on the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews website being a recent example). The IWM project would offer the opportunity for the student to connect with these other initiatives, and to import best practice to IWM, as well as adding to the sum of knowledge on this subject through our own webpages.

Research areas might include: early twentieth century studio photography in Central and Eastern Europe, including families’ preferences for particular activities to be recorded and how and whether this differed according to different occupations/ religious beliefs/ regions; a study of how photographs of families have been used in museums and other displays, including the thinking behind those displays and how they have been received; and an examination of the journeys which the photographs themselves took and how they have been viewed, discussed and treated by the families concerned.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Photographic Archive will be a source of advice and information, as will The Wiener Library, The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Yad Vashem and the USC Shoah Foundation.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2017/18 has been set by Research CouncilsUK as £14,553 plus £550 additional payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. For more information visit the AHRC website.

Students are also eligible to draw additional funding from a Student Development Fund to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities that will benefit the student’s doctoral research and future career development.In addition, the student is eligible to receive up to £1,000 a year from IWM towards travel and related research expenses.

How to apply

Applicants should have a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in history or art history and an MA at distinction or merit in a relevant discipline, including museum and heritage studies. Preference will be given to applicants with fluency in a relevant foreign European language and a demonstrable knowledge and interest in Jewish studies AND/OR the history of photography.

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally 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 motivation 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 7 April 2017. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – IWM/Nottingham studentship.’

Informal enquiries may be directed to;, or

Interviews are scheduled to be held in London on 17 May. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for PhD study in the Department of History on the online application page

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Studentship - applications for 2017 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. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 24 January 2017.

Full details on what’s involved and how to apply

John Robinson PhD studentship in history - applications for 2017 entry 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.

Modern Russian Social/Economic History | Department of History/ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, University of Nottingham

MA/PhD funding opportunity in Modern Russian History

The Department of History in conjunction with the University of Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering a 1+3 Studentship in Modern Russian Social and/or Economic History. This will offer full funding for one year of MA training in historical and generic social science research methods, followed by a three-year PhD in History. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2017. For further details on this funding and for how to apply, please see here.



Theology and Religious Studies only

The Memorial Scholarship

The Memorial Scholarship is awarded to academically talented applicants (as assessed by their School). A maximum of £1,250 is available to award between successful applicants in each academic year.

Eligibility is restricted to the following students: 

  • Postgraduate research students, full-time or part-time, registered on 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.

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply for it, please download the application form (pdf).


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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