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Postgraduate Fees and Funding

Funding for postgraduate programmes

A range of awards are available to support postgraduate students in the History Department at Durham. If you wish to be considered for funding, you are encouraged to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Toby Osborne, who can put you in touch with potential academic supervisors and provide advice on completing your application form.

If you wish to be considered for any awards, please specify this on the online admissions application form (at the point where the form asks how you will fund your studies): more details about this can be found with the information about individual schemes below.

Summary of Department deadlines for submission of applications for funding (October 2022 intake)
Summary of Department deadlines for submission of applications for funding (October 2022 intake)


Funding type

13 January 2022

Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursary

12 January 2022

Northern Br-dge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnerships

12 January 2022 (5pm)

Durham Doctoral Studentships

30 April 2022 (11.59pm)

China Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD Scholarships

21 January 2022

Nine DTP

Not available for 2022 intake

Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History

Other funding Opportunities

Postgraduate Student Support Scholarships

Durham University Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme



Hatfield Lioness Scholarship

Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History (not available for 2022 intake)


Applicants should discuss with the Director of Postgraduate Studies and their potential supervisors the best source of funding for their project.

ESRC funding

For ESRC funding – covering Economic and Social History – the Department participates in the NINE Doctoral Training Partnership.

The ESRC also offers funding to cover both the Masters and PhD programmes (ESRC 1+3). Students who wish to apply for 1+3 MA and Phd funding or 3.5 PhD funding through NINE DTP need to apply for a place using CODE V1A001 History PhD programme.

ESRC funding is available for both full-time and part-time study.

AHRC funding

For AHRC funding – covering most aspects of History – the Department participates in the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Centre.

Northern Bridge website

Funding through Northern Bridge

Funding is available for both full-time and part-time study.

UK, EU and international

For UK, EU and International applicants and Durham Doctoral Studentships see faculty doctoral funding.

China Scholarship Council

Students from mainland China can apply for CSC scholarships to study at Durham University, with supervision in the history of East Asia.

You will need to apply ahead of the various deadlines for each scheme.

The first step is always to complete an online application form to secure a place on the PhD programme. Only when accepted will you be considered for the funding options listed above.

Advice on preparing your application for funding

All applications are made on the standard university application form, and information about how to apply and the documentation required is available on the Application Portal.

See the Vitae guidelines on preparing a strong research proposal.

Referees for postgraduate research applications should send their references directly to the department via, or by post: Programme Coordinator, Department of History, Durham University, 43 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EX. Please ensure that references arrive at the department by the relevant funding deadline.


External Funding Opportunities

Durham History Department is keen to support applicants applying to funding schemes for doctoral research in areas where we have appropriate supervision available.

Some of the most prominent external funding schemes are listed below. See also the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.

Commonwealth - Offers funding for students from Commonwealth countries

Fulbright - Offers funding for foreign students to study in the US

Wellcome - Offers funding for students studying medical history

Gerda Henkel - Offers funding for students studying historical topics in English or German

Korean Studies - Offers funding for students studying Korean history

Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies

Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme

Japanese Government (MEXT) Postgraduate Scholarships

Research Libraries in the US offer short-term fellowships, including:

Huntington Library

Folger Shakespeare Library

Lewis Walpole Library, Yale

The Economic History Society supports PhD students with bursaries and prizes:

EHS Bursary Scheme

EHS Research Fund for Graduate Students 

Narottam Sekhsarai Scholarship and Tata Scholarship - financial support for students from India