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 2015/16 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.

PhD Funding Opportunities

AHRC CHASE Scholarships (PhD, Research) CLOSED

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, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which allow CHASE to support 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 14th January 2015 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 14th January 2015 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2015.

What happens next?

Stage 1:

All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 14th January 2015 will be considered for submission to the CHASE selection process. Please indicate on the application form that you would like to be considered for AHRC funding. All applications submitted by 14th January 2015 will be considered for CHASE funding.

Stage 2:

Candidates long listed for the CHASE competition by relevant Schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form* by 2nd February 2015 and attend an interview with Kent Selection Panels on 9th or 10th February 2015. After the interviews, the panels will take a decision on a final Kent shortlist of candidates for the overall CHASE competition involving all other partner institutions.

Stage 3:

The final Kent shortlist will go forward at the beginning of March to the CHASE selection panels which will be made up of members representing all seven CHASE partners. This panel will consider shortlisted candidates across the consortium. All candidates will be informed by 15th April 2015 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application forms will only be made available to long listed candidates.

2 x University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarships (PhD, Research) CLOSED

University of Kent 50th Anniversary Research Scholarships

The Scholarships

In preparation for the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Kent has established an additional 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually from 2012.  Known as Kent’s 50th Anniversary Scholars, successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

The School of History is pleased to offer two 50th Anniversary Research Scholarships for 2015 entry.

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: http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/gta.html

Criteria

  • 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: http://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-managementinformation/documents/eligibility-to-work/checking-eligibility-guidance.pdf

Applicant Specification

The scholarship competition is open to all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of History; the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); or the Centre for American Studies for entry in the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study.

*Please note that Scholarships are only open to MEMS and American Studies students whose first proposed supervisor is in the School of History.*

Application Process

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.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for this scholarship is 31 January 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview in February 2015.

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

Further, general information about Graduate Teaching Assitantships (GTAs) can be found at the University of Kent's scholarships webpages.

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

Post:

University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship Applications
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

1 x University of Kent 50th Anniversary Research Scholarship in the History of Science (PhD, Research)

University of Kent 50th Anniversary Research Scholarship in the History of Science

The Scholarship

In preparation for the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Kent has established an additional 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually from 2012. Known as Kent's 50th Anniversary Scholars, successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

The School of History is pleased to offer one 50th Anniversary PhD Research Scholarship beginning in September 2015. The successful candidate will be part of the Centre for the History of the Sciences and supervised by Dr Rebekah Higgitt. The proposed research must suit Dr Higgitt's broad interests. If appropriate, there would be the opportunity to be co-supervised by Dr Louise Devoy, Curator of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and to make use of the object collections and other resources at Royal Museums Greenwich. Applications are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • History of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and Royal Greenwich Observatory, especially in the 20th century
  • Science and/or scientific training in the Navy, 18th/19th centuries
  • Museology and history of science
  • History of astronomy and observational sciences in the 18th/19th centuries
  • Scientific institutions and government funding in the 19th century
  • Science and the public in the 18th/19th centuries, including museums, publishing, performance, biography and satire

The Scholarship 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: http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/gta.html

Criteria

  • 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: http://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-managementinformation/documents/eligibility-to-work/checking-eligibility-guidance.pdf

Applicant Specification

The scholarship competition is open to all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of History; the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); or the Centre for American Studies for entry in the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study.

*Please note that Scholarships are only open to MEMS and American Studies students whose first proposed supervisor is in the School of History.*

Application Process

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

  • Provide a sample of their writing

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

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for this scholarship is 29 May 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview in June 2015.

Please note that this Scholarship will be based at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

Further, general information about Graduate Teaching Assitantships (GTAs) can be found at the University of Kent's scholarships webpages.

Please contact Rebekah Higgitt (R.Higgitt@kent.ac.uk) for more information or to discuss possible research proposals before application.

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

Post:

University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship in the History of Science Applications
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

1 x School of History International Scholarship (PhD, Research) CLOSED

School of History International Scholarship (Research)

The Scholarship

The School of History is pleased to offer one School of History International Scholarship for 2015 entry.

The Scholarship is available to overseas students and will cover tuition fees (at the international rate) as well as a maintenance bursary. It is offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance. It is expected that during the second and third years of the scholarship, the recipient will undertake up to four hours of teaching per week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Applicant Specification

The scholarship competition is open to all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of History; the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); or the Centre for American Studies for entry in the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study. Candidates must hold a master’s degree (merit or distinction) in a relevant subject.

Existing University of Kent School of History doctoral research students may also apply for this scholarship.

Please note that Scholarships are only open to MEMS and American Studies students whose first proposed supervisor is in the School of History.

Application Process

New Doctoral Research Applicants

In addition to their application for study, all new doctoral research applicants wishing to be considered for this scholarship 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.

Existing School of History Doctoral Research Students

Existing University of Kent School of History doctoral research students must complete the scholarship application form.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for this scholarship is 31 January 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel-led interview at the end of February 2015.

Please note that this Scholarship will be based at the Kent campus.

Further, general information about Graduate Teaching Assitantships (GTAs) can be found at the University of Kent's scholarships webpages.

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

Post:

International Scholarship Applications
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

MA Scholarships

3 x School of History Taught Masters Scholarships CLOSED

School of History Scholarships (MA or MSc, Taught)

The School of History is pleased to offer three scholarships for Taught MA or MSc students:

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students wishing to undertake a Taught Masters degree in or affiliated to the School of History. The Scholarships will cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate as well as a maintenance bursary.

Applicant Specification

The Scholarship is open to all Taught Masters applicants who have applied (or are applying) to the School of History; the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); the Centre for American Studies; or the Science, Communication and Society MSc for the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate study.

Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1) in a relevant subject; it is strongly recommended that they have a History background.

Application Process

To apply for these School of History scholarships applicants must, In addition to their application for study:

  • Provide a copy of their CV. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referess (address, email, telephone number).

  • Provide a letter (one side of A4) explaining why they would like to take the programme for which they have applied and their specific research interests.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for the scholarships is Monday 16th March 2015.

CVs and letters should be sent by post or by email to:

Post:

Taught Masters Scholarship Applications 2015
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

2 x School of History Research Masters Scholarships CLOSED

School of History Scholarships (MA, Research)

The School of History is pleased to offer two scholarships for MA Research students.

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students wishing to undertake a Research MA degree in or affiliated to the School of History. The Scholarships will cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate as well as a maintenance bursary.

Applicant Specification

The Scholarship is open to all Research MA applicants who have applied (or are applying) to the School of History; the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS); or the Centre for American Studies for the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate study.

Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1) in a relevant subject; it is strongly recommended that they have a History background.

Please note that Scholarships are only open to MEMS and American Studies students whose first proposed supervisor is in the School of History.

Application Process

To apply for one of the School of History scholarships applicants must, In addition to their application for study:

  • Provide a copy of their CV. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referess (address, email, telephone number).

  • Provide a research proposal (up to two sides of A4) which includes sections on the broader context, historiography, methodology and research questions. This can either be based on work previously undertaken for an undergraduate essay or dissertation, or it can outline a possible topic for the Masters dissertation.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for the scholarships is Monday 16th March 2015.

CVs and proposals should be sent by post or by email to:

Post:

Research MA Scholarship Applications 2015
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

1 x School of History (Paris) Taught MA Scholarship CLOSED

School of History (Paris) Scholarship (MA, Taught)

The School of History is pleased to offer one scholarship for for our Taught MA in Modern History (Paris) - This programme will see the successful applicant study their first semester at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus and their second semester at the University's Paris campus.

The Scholarship is available to UK, EU and overseas students. It will cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate as well as a maintenance bursary.

Applicant Specification

The Scholarship is open to all MA applicants who have applied (or are applying) to the School of History's Taught Modern History MA programme at Paris for the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate study.

Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1) in a relevant subject; it is strongly recommended that they have a History background.

Application Process

To apply for this School of History scholarship applicants must, In addition to their application for study:

  • Provide a copy of their CV. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referess (address, email, telephone number).

  • Provide a letter (one side of A4) explaining why they would like to take the programme for which they have applied; their specific research interests with a particular focus on why they would like to study for a semester in Paris.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for the scholarships is Monday 16th March 2015.

CVs and letters should be sent by post or by email to:

Post:

Paris Taught Masters Scholarship Applications 2015
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

2 x History of the Sciences and/or Science, Communication & Society Taught Masters Scholarships

History of Science and/or Science, Communication & Society Taught Masters Scholarships

We are pleased to offer two scholarships for our MA in the History of Science, Medicine, Environment and Technology and/or our MSc in Science, Communication & Society.

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students wishing to undertake a Taught Masters degree in this area. The Scholarships are valued at £2,500 each.

Applicant Specification

Please visit Kent's postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate study.

Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1) in a relevant subject.

Application Process

To apply for these scholarships applicants must, in addition to their application for study:

  • Provide a copy of their CV. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referess (address, email, telephone number).

  • Provide a letter (one side of A4) explaining why they would like to take the programme and what they hope to gain from it in academic and career terms.

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for the scholarships is Friday 29th May 2015.

CVs and letters should be sent by post or by email to:

Post:

History of the Sciences and/or The History of Science, Medicine, Environment and Technology Taught Masters Scholarships 2015
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

Post Doctoral Funding Opportunities

Leverhulme Early Career Researcher Fellowships CLOSED

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

As one of the country’s leading research departments (rated equal second in the last RAE), the School of History welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates. With its range of research specialisms and vibrant research culture, the School of History provides an ideal environment for nurturing early career academics.

Initial enquiries relating to the match of your research interests with those of the School and departmental-specific aspect of applications should be sent to the School’s Director of Research, Professor Gaynor Johnson (G.L.Johnson@kent.ac.uk). You are strongly advised to make contact with her before applying.

Please note that to be eligible for these fellowships applicants must hold a degree from a UK university.

Application Process

To apply for support in application for a Fellowship candidates should provide:

  • A copy of their CV. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address.

  • A research proposal of no more than three sides of A4.

Please do not attempt to apply directly to the Leverhulme Trust, although further information about the Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found at http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm

The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for the scholarships is Friday 6th February 2015.

CVs and research proposals should be sent by post or by email to:

Post:

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship Applications 2015
c/o Faye Beesley,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent.
CT2 7NX

Email:

F.T.Beesley@kent.ac.uk

 

Other Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship (Research, USA focussed)

Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship

The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships were set up in memory of Christine Bolt, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, and were generously funded by her late husband, Ian Bolt.

Successful applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 each (to include tuition fees) to support a sustained period of research in America for up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, the scholarship holders may be invited to re-apply for a further one year's funding.

Scholarships are aimed at students whose area of research has an American element and/or where the centre of expertise or an important source of research material is located in the United States of America. 

Criteria

Applicants must:

  • hold an excellent bachelor's (1st or 2.1), or master's degree (merit or distinction);

  • hold an offer of a place, or be a currently registered student, for a full-time postgraduate research degree at University of Kent for the following academic year within the Faculty of Humanities or Social Sciences;

  • have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be able to:

      • explain their project clearly and without jargon to non-experts,

      • convey their passion for their project to a wider audience,

      • convince the panel of the project's wider value,

      • act as 'ambassador' for both the University and their subject.

  • The successful applicants will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field and their communication skills.

Preference will be given to students and to candidates who have not had the opportunity to live or study for an extended period of time in the USA.

For further instructions about how to apply please visit The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships page.

 

Alumni Research Scholarship (Research, Kent graduates only)

Alumni Research Scholarship

This scholarship, for alumni of the University of Kent, was inaugurated in 1995 and has been awarded annually since. It is funded entirely through gifts from alumni and friends of the University. The scholarship is open to applicants from any subject; the successful applicant will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field, their communication skills and their contribution to the life of the University community.

The successful applicant will be registered for a full-time research degree; the scholarship will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years. The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the home rate and a maintenance grant.

The successful applicant will be expected to act as 'ambassador' for the University and to assist with fundraising for future scholarships. This will involve attending alumni events (not more than two per year) and being featured in, or writing for, University publications such as KENT, the University of Kent magazine or the University internal Newsletter.

For further criteria and instructions about how to apply please visit the Alumni Research Scholarship page.

 

Eastern Academic Research Consortium Awards (PhD, Research, Digital Humanities) CLOSED

Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC Awards)

Kent is part of the newly launched Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC), a collaboration between Kent and the universities of Essex and East Anglia. The Eastern ARC stimulates cross-institutional working and creates an environment in which collaborative research can flourish.

The initial focus of the collaboration is on three broad interdisciplinary areas:

  • Digital Humanities

  • Quantitative Social Sciences

  • Environmental Science/Systems Biology.

Kent will be offering PhD scholarships in these areas for 2015 entry. The deadline for PhD applications for candidates wishing to be considered for Eastern Arc funding is 30th January 2015.  For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit Kent's Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC Awards) page.

1x American Studies / University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarships (PhD, Research)

American Studies / University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship (Research)

The Centre for American Studies, one of the School of History's affiliated centres, is offering one University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. Offered jointly by the School of History and the School of English, all American Studies doctoral research applicants are eligible.

For more information about this scholarship please visit the American Studies website.

1x Medieval and Early Modern Studies / University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarships (PhD, Research) CLOSED

MEMS / University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship (Research)

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), one of the School of History's affiliated centres, is offering one University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. Offered jointly by the School of History and the School of English, all MEMS doctoral research applicants for a are eligible.

For more information about this scholarship please visit the MEMS website.

1x Medieval and Early Modern Studies Scholarship (MA, Taught) CLOSED

MEMS Scholarship (MA, Taught)

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), one of the School of History's affiliated centres, is offering one Postgraduate Taught Scholarship. Funded jointly by the School of History and the School of English, all MEMS Taught MA applicants are eligible.

For more information about this scholarship please visit the MEMS website.

1x Friends of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Scholarship (MA, Taught)

Friends of MEMS Scholarship (MA, Taught)

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), one of the School of History's affiliated centres, is offering one Postgraduate Taught Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of MEMS, all MEMS Taught MA applicants are eligible.

For more information about this scholarship please visit the MEMS website.

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Master's Bursaries

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) will shortly be announcing their funding opportunities for the academic year beginning September 2015. These can be applied for in addition to School scholarships, for either our MA in the History of Science, Medicine, Environment and Technology or the MSc in Science, Communication & Society.

Royal Historical Society

Royal Historical Society Support Grants

The Royal Historical Society has limited funds to assist postgraduate students (and some others) with expenses incurred in the pursuit of advanced historical research.

These funds are intended principally for postgraduate students registered for a research degree at United Kingdom institutions of higher education, both full-time and part-time, but the Society will also consider applications from individuals who have completed doctoral dissertations within the last two years and who are not in full-time employment.

More information and details on how to apply are available in the Postgraduate Information section of the Royal Historical Society website: Royal Historical Society website.

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Last Updated: 09/04/2015