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.

AHRC PhD Studentship (with the Science Museum)

Digitised collections and the social museum: the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group

We invite applications for a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD studentship, beginning in October 2018, on the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group. The project is a collaboration between the School of Advanced Study, University of London and the Science Museum, and is funded by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium within the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.

Museums are moving decisively away from viewing visitors as passive consumers of content to seeing them as active participants in the creation of knowledge. This project will explore what this means for museums and their audiences in digital spaces, focusing on the (re)use online of images from the Science Museum Group (SMG) collections. It will investigate how and why museum visitors share photographs of objects taken in-gallery, as well as the factors that motivate them to engage with digitised images made available through the Science Museum’s website, thereby gaining insight into the role of the digital in the development of the social museum. This research will be a timely and important addition to digital humanities and museum studies, as well as to sector-wide understandings of audience behaviour and digital engagement.

More information

Research questions may include:

  • What factors influence visitors’ emotional engagement with objects in the museum, and their subsequent decisions to photograph and share those images?
  • What stories do people associate with the images that they share: personal connections and memories of objects; what they have learned from a particular object or collection; their experience of a visit to the museum; the resonance of an object for someone else?
  • How is the visitor experience shaped by engaging with objects through a smartphone or other device?
  • How might the museum’s online collections connect to its gallery spaces, and what role might physical and virtual audiences play in facilitating this?
  • How might visitor photographs and digital stories be used to enhance the museum’s online collections and how might this affect collecting practices at the SMG?
  • How do visitors use their own knowledge of objects to present personal image collections in new ways?

The project is not limited to a single collection within the SMG, but rather is concerned with the Group’s collections in their entirety. The collections are uniquely suitable for this research, as user engagement with individual objects is so frequently filtered through personal connection/reminiscence. Many of the objects on display relate to visitors’ own lived experiences, or to those of an older family member (‘I used to have one of those’ or ‘My father worked on that railway’). These personal relationships and stories will be key to exploring digital engagement.

The project supervisors are Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, and John Stack, Digital Director at the Science Museum Group. The student will have an institutional base at the School of Advanced Study, but will spend a significant amount of time at the Science Museum, and will receive appropriate training in dealing with collections and archives. Digital research skills training will also be offered, as necessary.

The studentship will begin in October 2018. It is funded for 36 months, plus a further six months, supported by the AHRC Student Development Fund, to support a period of research skills training and a placement/internship to be agreed with the student.

The studentship will cover full tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus a living allowance at the standard Research Councils UK Doctoral Stipend rate throughout the project. For 2018/19 the living allowance is £16,777: see /. The award also carries up to £1,000 per year of additional support from the Science Museum Group towards travel and research costs: for more information, please see


Applicants should have, or expect to receive by October 2018, a good Master’s degree in digital humanities, library and information studies, museum studies, or another subject closely relevant to the themes of the project. In some cases we may be able to consider relevant professional experience in place of a Master’s qualification: please contact the academic supervisor for guidance before applying. All applicants should also have at least an Upper Second-class undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent: see

The award is subject to the Research Councils UK eligibility requirements, listed under Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants at (UK and EU student residency requirements are detailed on p. 11). Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate. Students from EU countries other than the UK are normally eligible for a fees-only award, if ordinarily resident in the EU.

Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University of London. For further guidance see our Entry Requirements.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm BST on Friday 6 April 2018. Please submit:

  • a covering letter (maximum two pages) outlining your suitability for the studentship
  • a CV (maximum two pages), including contact details for two referees
  • a sample of academic writing, around 2,000-3,000 words

directly to Professor Jane Winters ( If you would like to discuss the studentship informally, or have any questions about the application process, please contact Professor Winters.

Shortlisting will take place in April, and shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend interview in the week commencing 30 April at the Science Museum in London.

The successful candidate will be required to make a standard PhD application through the School of Advanced Study's online application system before the award of the studentship is confirmed.


Stefania Barichello International Travel Bursary

The School of Advanced Study offers an international Travel Bursary of £500. The bursary is open to postgraduate research students at any stage of their research ie MPhil or PhD from any Institute. 

To be eligible for the bursary you must be able to demonstrate how an international experience will support your personal development and complement your area of study. The bursary can be used as a contribution to the costs of travel and or accommodation. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other bursary. 

For reference international travel includes the EU area and beyond.

Applications must be submitted by 28 February 2018.

How to apply

Downloading the application form

Please download the application form and complete in full.  You will need to allow time to get your supervisor to sign the application before submitting.

Any incomplete applications will be rejected.

Give as much information as possible on your application as this is a competitive process.

  • Provide a detailed itinerary for the trip
  • Tell us how the trip will support your research.
  • Provide details of approximately how much the trip will cost. 
  • Get your supervisor to approve your application and sign the form
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Complete a risk assessment form prior to your journey. 
  • Within 28 days of completing your trip you must submit an evaluation

Application form [Word]


  • Any full or part-time research student will be eligible for the scheme provided that at the time of applying they are registered, have paid their fees and are not interrupting or are deferred.
  • There will be a panel selection process
  • Travel must commence between 1st April and 30th August. Travel must have been completed by 30th August.
  • Risk Assessment process to be undertaken prior to travel.
  • Evaluation in the form of a report, blog or photographs is mandatory

Deadlines for 17/18 academic year

  • 01 January 2018 - launch of Travel Bursary
  • 28 February 2018 - Deadline for receipt of applications
  • 05 March - Panel Decision and notification

Regretfully the scheme is not open to Heythrop College research students.


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

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 and EU students, or EU students moving to England for a PhD, aged 59 or under without Research Council funding.

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.


Opening in Spring / Summer 2018.

Further details of the UK PhD Loans will be announced later in 2018 and more details about eligibility and repayment can found here.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Scholarships

Applications are now open for 2018 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, enabling PhD candidates based in developing countries to conduct research in the UK, and for universities to develop their international research collaborations and partnerships.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. The applicant’s home university must have an institutional or departmental link with the proposed UK university.

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and offered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC).

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit 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.

The Institute of Historical Research administers The Veale-Straschnov Award for Doctoral Historical Research for Mature Students (aged 25 and older). This award provides full annual academic fees, currently £5,890 FT and £2,960 PT in the first year of study, with extension to subsequent years subject to good progress being made. The award is funded by a benefaction left to the IHR by Elspeth Veale, in remembrance of her late sister Jean and brother-in-law George Straschnov, and up to two will be awarded annually. Elspeth Veale (1916-2015) trained as a teacher of history. She was awarded a one-year research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in 1950 where she began work on the history of the English Fur Trade, subsequently published as The English Fur Trade in the Later Middle Ages (1966). She became a university lecturer and Dean of Humanities at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. More information about the Veale-Straschnov Award.


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.