Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Classics and Ancient History, English Literature, History, History of Art, Modern Languages and Cultures
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 10/01/2024 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

Since 2012, The Wolfson Foundation has committed some £13 million to support doctoral studies in the humanities through nine carefully selected universities (including the University of Birmingham). The Foundation’s aim is not only to support some of the most exciting students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities. The Foundation believes that high quality academic research in this field is of critical importance to British society. 

The scholarships are awarded in three disciplines that align closely to the Wolfson Foundation’s interests: History, Literature and Languages.

Two scholarships are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2024 academic year. These awards are not available to current Doctoral students.

Value of Award

The scholarships are worth £30,250 each year (over three years). The award also covers tuition fees, provides a maintenance stipend, and some research and training costs.

Fees for 2024-25 are:

  • Home: £4,778 full-time; £2,389 part-time
  • International: £21,840 full-time students

*For UK postgraduate research students, the University fee level is set at Research Council rates and as such is subject to change. The final fee will be announced by Research Councils UK in spring 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

  • These awards are open to UK, EU or Overseas students for full- and part-time, campus-based doctoral research in Languages, Literature and History.
  • Candidates should have, or be completing, a master’s degree in a relevant subject.
  • The scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on these fields and to be future academic leaders.
  • The award is made solely on merit to students aspiring to an academic career. 

How to Apply

Applications for all Doctoral Scholarships in the College of Arts and Law must go through the Arts and Humanities Research Council funding website

You can find out more about Arts and Humanities Research Council funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

All eligible Arts and Humanities Research Council funding applications and Economic and Social Research Council funding will be considered for the Wolfson Scholarship. Please note, other schemes are available that have alternative processes and may require a separate application.