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 01/03/2021 (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 2021 academic year. These awards are not available to current Doctoral students.

Value of Award

The scholarships are worth £30,000 each year (over three years), and cover fees, provide a maintenance stipend, and provide some research and training costs.

Fees for 2021-22 are Home: £4,500* full-time or £18,810 full-time for international 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 2021.

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

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online funding application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online funding application and funding reference forms, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page.

The deadline for applying is Monday 1 March 2021 at 4pm.

If you have already made an application for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding through the Midlands4Cities consortium, or for another College of Arts and Law scholarship, your application will automatically be considered for the Wolfson Scholarship, if eligible, without you having to make additional applications.  Please note, other schemes are available that have alternative processes and require a separate application. This includes Economic and Social Research Council funding.

Further information

If you have any further queries, please email calpg-research@contacts.bham.ac.uk