School of History

Postgraduate Funding

The School of History offers a range of funding opportunities for Taught and Research postgraduate study.

We are pleased to announce the following funding opportunities for Masters and Doctoral study commencing in the 2016/17 academic year.

Please be aware that funding levels, eligibility and deadlines vary for the different funding opportunities.

Candidates are welcome to apply for a variety of taught and research funding opportunities if they wish to do so. Some of the 'Other Postgraduate Funding Opportunities' can be used to supplement other funding awards.


Postgraduate Loans for Master's Study

New for 2016 - £10,000 loans for students studying a Master's

Loans are now available for both taught and research Master's programmes, for full-time and part-time learning, as well as split-site degrees.

To find out more about the loans, and to check you're eligible see here.

PhD Funding Opportunities

AHRC CHASE Scholarships (PhD, Research)

AHRC CHASE Scholarships

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London joined the consortium as associate members in 2014.

CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which will allow CHASE to provide AHRC awards to over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years.

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE website.

How to apply

New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent by 11th January 2017 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the relevant schools as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 11th January 2017 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2017.

What happens next?

Stage 1: School Level

All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 11th January 2017 will be considered for AHRC funding. Candidates shortlisted for the CHASE competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form by Monday 30th January 2017 and interviews are expected to take place w/c 6th February 2017. Candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible following the interviews. Candidates successful at school-level interviews will have their applications submitted to the Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel.

Stage 2: Kent Level

The Kent CHASE Studentship Selection Panel will take place towards the end of February 2017 to decide which applications will be submitted to the consortium stage of the competition.

Stage 3: Consortium level

The final Kent shortlist of applications will go forward to the consortium stage of the competition at the beginning of March. Applications will be considered by CHASE selection panels comprising academic colleagues representing all seven CHASE member institutions. All candidates will be informed by Thursday 6th April 2017 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application forms will only be made available to short-listed candidates. Guidance on the CHASE application form can be accessed at:

Candidates should ensure that they are readily contactable via email during January and February 2017.

2 x University of Kent The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships (PhD, Research)

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships

£14,296 (2016/17 rate) plus Home fees

Kent has established 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

Scholarships will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate and administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme, further details of which can be found at:

  • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
  • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

How to apply

The deadline by which all eligible research doctoral applicants are guaranteed consideration for funding is 30 January 2017.

In addition to their application for study, applicants wishing to be considered for these scholarships must:

  • Complete a scholarship application form. (.docx)

  • Provide a copy of their CV

  • Write a covering letter. Each applicant should supply the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of two referees.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview.

Please note that all of these Scholarships will be based at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

Scholarship application forms, CVs and covering letters should be sent by post or by email to:


University of Kent The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship Applications
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,


Applications may be considered later than this deadline depending on school allocation processes; further information will be available on school websites.

Submit a formal application for postgraduate research study at the University of Kent at

Full details of the GTAs will appear on the relevant academic schools’ web pages at


30 January 2017.



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Last Updated: 10/11/2016