Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship

Research scholarship for PhD students in the arts and social sciences

The application deadline has now passed

Remission of full time Home, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates (ie £4,596 and £17,668 for 2022/23). The award is for full-time or part-time students. The expected start date for awards is 1 October 2023. The scholarship can be awarded for up to 3.5 years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.

One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year commencing 2023. 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 UK home fees and maintenance grant. Each school may nominate one student.

How to apply

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

  • 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

Applications should be submitted electronically to the key administrative contact in your school or department by Friday 28 April 2023 (Wednesday 3 May 2023 for Geography). Schools will then hold their own shortlisting panels and put forward their preferred candidate by noon on Thursday 18 May 2023 for consideration by the Researcher Academy’s final selection panel.

This is a competitive award and each school is only allowed to submit one application to the Researcher Academy. Once the school has selected the application for submission section four of the form must be completed by the Head of School.

School contacts

The contacts for schools are as follows:

Download an application form (Word document)


Contact details

Offered by Researcher Academy, funded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill

+44 (0)115 951 5559

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