London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

The School is a member of the AHRC-funded consortium LAHP, along with King’s College London and UCL. Up to 80 studentships are available for postgraduate research students wishing to pursue doctoral study in the arts and humanities within the partnership, commencing October 2018.

Subject to availability, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate

  • Annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend) - £16,553 for 2017/18

LAHP has a limited number of full awards (fees and stipend) for EU students designated 'fees-only' by the AHRC. Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate.

The LAHP studentship competition is a twin-track process. If you wish to study at the School and apply for a LAHP studentship, you must

The studentship competition will open for applications on 21 November 2017 and close on 21 January 2018. The strong recommendation is that students wishing to apply for a LAHP studentship should submit their applications for a place to study on their chosen PhD programme by 10 January 2018.

Please see for further information.

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 the thesis. The scholarship is available to postgraduate students of UK universities that 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].

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], and the SAS Hardship Grant application form for training and research [Word Doc].

UK PhD Government Loans

From September 2018, the UK government will offer loans of up to £25,000 to support students wishing to undertake a PhD who are not in receipt of UK Research Council funding.

These loans will be available to English-resident students and support all types of doctorate degree at universities within the UK. Although you are not eligible for this loan if you already receive UK Research Council funding, you can combine this loan with other funding sources.

Key Facts about UK PhD Loans (updated November 2017) :

What are they?

Student loans for PhD-level qualifications lasting up to eight years in all subjects.

How much can you borrow?

Up to £25,000, not means-tested.

Who is eligible?

English-resident UK nationals aged 59 or under without Research Council studentships.

Where can you study?

Any UK university with the ability to award PhDs.


Available in 2018.


6% of income over £21,000 per year. Combined with Masters loan debt.


To become available in Spring / Summer 2018.

Further details of the UK PhD Loans will be announced later in 2017 and more details about eligibility and repayment can found here.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand) are offered for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities. 

All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential for strategic impact. For more information and details to how to apply, visit the the CSC website.

Institute- and Course-Specific Funding

The teaching institutes of the School offer a number of bursaries and awards for applicants who 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. Please check the relevant institute website for current deadlines.

MPhil/PhD: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD and split-site PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, and New Zealand). These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the aim of supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth

For more information and to apply, visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

The Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentships

In 2012, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies launched the Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentships for new MPhil/PhD research students.

The Louise Arbour studentships provide the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time tuition fee, depending on the applicants' individual financial circumstances. Full-time students will be funded for three years and will be expected to submit in the fourth year. An equivalent timescale will apply for part time students; this is usually expected to be seven years, with the student submitting in the eighth year. 

In 2017-18, up to two full-time and two part-time studentships will be available. Successful applicants will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Successful applicants will have outstanding research proposals and genuine and demonstrable interest in being supervised by a member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies faculty.

Applications for the Louise Arbour studentships will only be considered from students who have already applied to the MPhil/PhD programme at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

More information about the Louise Arbour studentships.


MPhil/PhD: Institute of English Studies 

The Sambrook Fund Studentship seeks to support an excellent student who wishes to study on the MA in the History of the Book, but whose circumstances might make it difficult to access the programme. The award covers fees in full at the Home/EU rate. The studentship will be funded through the Institute’s Sambrook Fund, established when Keith Sambrook, a Fellow at the IES, generously donated his teaching fees from the Institute’s MA course. More information on the Sambrook Fund.


PhD: Institute of Historical Research

The Institute of Historical Research administers The Mercers’ Company Studentship for Doctoral Research on the History of London. This award provides £45,000 (£15,000 per year for full-time study over three years, or pro rata for part-time students over a maximum of five years). It is sponsored by the Mercers’ Company, the premier livery company of the City of London, which has a distinguished 700-year history. The area of research should be relevant to the history of London in any period from the medieval to the modern (both ‘history’ and ‘London’ defined in the widest sense). The scheme is open to UK and EU students only. More information about the Mercers’ Company Studentship.


MPhil/PhD: Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute accepts applications from research students for bursaries that offset some or all of the cost of student fees and, occasionally, maintenance costs. There is no fixed award and applications are considered by the Bursaries Committee of the Institute on the basis of individual student financial need. The bursaries are funded by the generosity of the American Friends of the Warburg Institute, the Saxl Fund and the Warburg Charitable Trust. More information about Warburg Institute bursaries.