Funding in Heritage

There is a range of funding available for both taught and research degrees at the postgraduate level.

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For details of all current funding opportunities available in the College of Arts and Law, please visit our funding and scholarships page or search all of the University's awards on our postgraduate funding database.


The John Pagett Scholarship

John Pagett (1932-2005) was a man intensely interested in the natural history and archaeology of Shropshire and the West Midlands. He devoted his spare time to engaging with life-long learning in the areas of geology, archaeology, local history, place-name studies and botany in addition to being an accomplished watercolourist. For many years he worked on the excavations at Wroxeter and at Barnsley Park with Dr Graham Webster and then as a volunteer on the Wroxeter Hinterland Project in the mid 1990s. He was also a regular contributor to Margaret Gelling’s Shropshire place-name group and on the basis of his work developed a love of Anglo-Saxon literature and language. On his death, he generously bequeathed a third of his estate to the Telford and Wrekin Historical Society (now Wrekin History Group), of whom he was a member.

  • This sum was enough to provide an annual endowment of £4,000 to fund postgraduate research at the University of Birmingham
  • Those applying to the fund must be carrying out historical, archaeological or natural history research on Shropshire or the immediate region
  • The fund is administered by the Trustees of the Pagett Fund to whom applicants must apply in writing by 30 June with a non-technical 1000-word description of their proposed research topic
  • Successful applicants must register (or be registered) for a postgraduate research degree at the University of Birmingham
  • If no suitable candidate emerges, the trustees will consider alternative awards for those registered for a taught Masters whose dissertation focuses on Shropshire and its region

Successful applicants will be required to present a paper to the Wrekin History Group at a mutually convenient date. Applicants should send their proposal to: