Funding opportunities

Masters funding

For 2016-17, the School will provide a number of full masters studentships (£14,057 for 2015-16, plus tuition fees), with the main criterion of academic excellence. In addition, it will provide two studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students, to be awarded to students who have demonstrably excelled in their undergraduate degrees (£12,500 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs). See SAS Studentships for further details.

In November 2015 the UK government confirmed that a new Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year. Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research master’s students. Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master’s qualification.

Doctoral funding

The School is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership, under which it is able to offer a number of research studentships in humanities disciplines. In order to apply for a LAHP AHRC doctoral studentship at the School, you must have applied to study here. Please see research degrees or Institute websites, and then the information on how to apply.

The LAHP studentship competition for students wishing to commence study in 2016 will open on 1 December 2015, and close on Friday 15 January 2016. However, studentship candidates are advised to apply for a place to study in the School well in advance of the closing deadline for LAHP studentship applications to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with proposed supervisors in preparing the LAHP studentship application form.

Visit the London Arts & Humanities Partnership website for full details and how to apply.


The teaching institutes of the School offer a number of targeted awards for applicants, both masters and doctoral, that have been offered and have accepted a place on one of their degree programmes. These range from small bursaries to fee waivers and full studentships.


The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship

The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. The scholarship is available to postgraduate students of UK universities which have the Editex scholarship listed in their scholarship pages. Applications will open on 1 July and close on 30 November each year. See full details about the Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship [Word].

The Sadako Ogata Scholarship

The Sadako Ogata Scholarship celebrates the achievements of Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2000), and an inspiring role model for practitioners and students of refugee protection worldwide. These scolarships seek to support outstanding students who are nationals of, and residing in, low- and middle-income countries and who otherwise might not be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.

Deadline for 2016 scholarship applications was 18 January 2016. View further information about the Sadako Ogata Scholarship.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship celebrates the achievements of the renowned refugee law expert Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, a close friend and supporter of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University’s School of Advanced Study since its inception. These scholarships seek to support outstanding students who might not otherwise be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are nationals of, and residing in, low- and middle-income countries.

More details about the application for the 2016 Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship will be available from March 2016.

SAS Hardship Grant

The SAS Hardship Grant provides discretionary financial assistance for all students – particularly to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The Fund is intended to alleviate financial hardship. You can apply for help from the Fund at any time during the academic year. View/download SAS Hardship Grant application form [Word Doc], which contains additional information for applicants.   

Other funding

In addition, for those wishing to undertake postgraduate taught or research programmes in the School, there are:


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Master's degrees in culture, language and literature, history, human rights and law.


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Research degrees in Commonweath, English, History, Law, and Modern Languages.


A range of engaging short courses in palaeography, literature, book studies and protection of refugees.