Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship

Research scholarship for PhD students in the arts and social sciences

The application deadline has now passed

Fund your PhD studies with the Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship. This award covers 100% of UK tuition fees and an annual living allowance, funded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University from 1971 to 1978.

One scholarship is available for the 2022/23 academic year. The tuition fee and annual living allowance is set at UK Research Council rates (£4,500 and £15,609 in 2021/22).


You can apply for this scholarship if you hold an offer to start (or are the first year of) a PhD in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Nottingham UK.

International students are eligible to apply but funding is only at the level of home (UK) fees and maintenance grant. Each school with the faculties can nominate one student. The award is open to full and part-time students.

How to apply

For details on the information you need to provide and how applications will be assessed, see the application form (Word document).

  • Section one of the form should be completed by you
  • Section two should be completed by two supervisors
  • Section three should be completed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies or equivalent

Email your completed application form to the relevant school contact (detailed below) by Friday 29 April 2022.

Applications submitted by this date can be considered at school selection panels. This is a competitive award and each school is only allowed to submit one application to the Researcher Academy. Once the school has selected their application, section four of the form must be completed by the Head of School. The deadline for applications to be submitted by schools to the Researcher Academy is noon (UK time) on Friday 20 May 2022. Results will be available by mid-June.

School contacts

Faculty of Arts

  • Cultures, languages and area studies
  • English
  • Humanities


Faculty of Social Sciences

Download an application form (Word document)


Contact details

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

+(0)115 951 5559

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