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 - applications for 2018 entry closed

The School of Humanities offers Masters Studentships for applicants. The studentship will cover the full HEU tuition fees for the academic year.

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 September start date. 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.

2018 Entry is closed - Details of 2019/20 entry will be posted in the new academic year.

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

E-mail the completed form to

The deadline for applications is midnight 27 July 2018

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. The Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant of academic merit who demonstrates commitment and ambition both in their studies and the furtherance of their chosen career.


  • The award recipient will have attended a state school within the United Kingdom between the ages of 11-18 and must also meet residency requirements for a 'home' student.
  • An applicant must be holding an offer for a place to study on the MA in History with an entry date of 1st October 2018. 

Successful candidates will be asked to submit a short report to summarise their experiences during the academic year, explain the progress they have made and what a difference the award has made to them.

Download the application form for the Tranfield Scholarship

E-mail the completed form to

The deadline for applications is midnight 27 July 2018

Music masters students only

Henry Thomas Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarships - applications for 2018 entry closed

These tuition fee scholarships worth £2,500 are 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. 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

2018 Entry is closed - Details of 2019/20 entry will be posted in the new academic year.



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

Midlands4Cities PhD funding

Applications for 2019 entry open 8 October 2018

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C 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 and how to apply

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Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship 2018 - applications for 2018 entry closed
Scholarships for international students - applications for 2018 entry closed

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



Classics and Archaeology only

Rising from the Depths, International PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Arts funded International PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent GCRF/AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits.  Applicants for the studentship must be nationals of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar – countries which are the focus of the project.

The Rising from the Depths project aims to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. 

You can read the full advert here.



History only

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP MA & PHD Studentship - Applications for 2019 entry

This studentship is one several accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK. It is a fully funded 4-year programme of study with the Department of History into Modern Russian & East European social and/or history (from the mid-19th century). 

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2018

For more information you can download the document below:

ESRC Russian History Studentship

Full details on funding applications through the Midlands Graduate School



Theology and Religious Studies Only

The Memorial Scholarship - applications for 2018 entry closed

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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