London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

The School is a member of the AHRC-funded consortium LAHP. Created in 2014 as an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London), and UCL, following the renewal of its funding in 2018, LAHP now includes QMUL and the LSE, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Royal College of Art, and Royal College of Music. LAHP currently has over 300 funded students and, in line with its original vision, all LAHP training is available to both LAHP-funded and non-funded students across the partnership. Up to 90 studentships are available for postgraduate research students wishing to pursue doctoral study in the arts and humanities within the 8 partnership universities, 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) - £16,777 for 2018/19

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 26 November 2018 and close on 28 January 2019. 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 18 January 2019.

Please see for further information.

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. Students are permitted to use it in conjunction with others. However the bursary is not available for fully funded students.

For reference international travel includes the EU area and beyond.

Applications must be submitted by 28 March 2019.

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.


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 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 soon for doctorates beginning in 2019-20.

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

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships

Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.

The scholarships are for study starting in October 2020 and are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.  

Split-site Scholarships are delivered through an existing institutional or departmental link between the candidate’s home university and proposed UK university.

The closing date for applications is 6 November 2019. 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 50% 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 2019-20, 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.


MPhil/PhD: Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute PhD Students have access to a variety of sources of funding. The Institute has an excellent record in securing external funding, and is happy to work with prospective students on their funding applications. More information about Warburg Institute bursaries.