School of History


PhD applicants to the School of History are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships.

This page lists the funding currently available from the School of History as well as other sources of financial support.

Queen Mary also offers successful applicants the opportunity to apply for additional funding on arrival.

For application queries, please contact:

Principal's Studentships Competition 

These awards are open to Home, EU and International candidates. Studentships are awarded for 3 years, and cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend.

Candidates should have obtained at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree and a (completed or predicted) Master’s degree (preferably with Distinction) in a related area of history. 

Applications will be judged against the following criteria: the candidate’s academic record or relevant past experience; quality of the research proposal; strength of references; fit with supervisor(s); fit with the School’s research strategy

To apply, candidates must complete a QMUL online postgraduate research application form, including a CV, two references, academic transcript(s), a one-page personal statement and a 1500-word research proposal.

Please note that this competition has closed for September 2019 entry. It will re-open in around October 2019 for September 2020 entry.

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership Open Studentship Competition

The AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) open studentship competition for doctoral research in the arts and humanities offers 3-year (max.) studentships covering fees and a maintenance stipend.

More information is on LAHP’s website.

Please note that this competition has closed for October 2019 entry. It will re-open in around October 2019 for October 2020 entry.

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership Collective Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, developed as a partnership between an HEI-based academic in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and build partnerships. All studentships will be funded for 3.5 years with the possibility to extend funding to 4 years depending on the project. More information on the scheme is available here.

Application forms must be completed and submitted by the doctoral candidate’s prospective academic supervisor at QMUL and not by the student themselves. Doctoral candidates can identify a prospective supervisor from amongst our academic staff (individual staff pages list the subjects on which academics are happy to supervise doctoral study). Doctoral candidates should contact prospective supervisors well in advance of the LAHP deadline to discuss funding proposals.

Please note that this competition has closed for October 2019 entry.

Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships

The Wellcome Trust provides 3-year studentships for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, where the research is focused on health. Studentships cover tuition fees, some research expenses and a maintenance stipend. 

Applications should be made directly to the Wellcome Trust. The deadline for application is 17.00 GMT on 26 March 2019.

Before applying for a Wellcome Trust studentships, candidates must already have secured their place at QMUL. You can apply online.

Queen Mary and Leverhulme Doctoral Studentship Programme: Mobile People

This major research project is co-directed by Professors Engin Isin and Kimberley Hutchings (Politics), and involves 21 PhD research projects (2018-2023). It is concerned with how the world is being dynamically constituted by mobile people in active and novel ways and how this affects fundamental social and political institutions. The projects must be interdisciplinary, and PhD students need to have co-supervisors in two Schools.

The remit of 'Mobile People' is widely defined. The programme is organised according to thematic priorities which reflect established expertise at QMUL. These themes (boundaries, generations, environment, health, identities, language) will be studied in relation to the impacts of mobility as a way of life on social and political institutions (citizenship, democracy, nationality, and security). The organisation of the programme is guided by the principle that institutions, such as citizenship (membership, rights, obligations), democracy (representation, participation, government), nationality (sovereignty, state, territory), and security (authority, legality, threat/protection), are undergoing profound transformations. These transformations are shaped by and reshape the articulation of spatial relations (boundaries), temporal relations (generations), meanings of place from world to home (environment), definitions and experiences of well/ill-being (health), dispositions and behaviours (identities), and communication and speech (language).

Please note that this competition has closed for October 2019 entry.

Alan Turing Institute PhD Studentships

More information is available at .

Please note that this competition has closed for October 2019 entry.

London Interdisciplinary Social Science ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP)

Proposed research must be at least 50% social science (but can have a strong interdisciplinary component) and must fall within the remit of at least one of the thirteen thematic pathways.

While interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of LISS DTP research, ESRC studentship funding is only available for projects that fall substantially (>50%) within the broad social and behavioural science remit of the ESRC. ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. Their research shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society. For guidance, please see the ESRC website.

Please note that this competition has closed for October 2019 entry. It will re-open in around October 2019 for October 2020 entry.