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MPhil/PhD Funding

Our students fund their studies in a variety of ways including scholarships, bursaries and fellowships, as well as government loans and postgraduate loans. 

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that you don't need to pay back and are awarded based on personal circumstances or academic achievement. Funding at postgraduate level is competitive so it’s a good idea to plan financially before starting your course. 

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership Studentship

What is available?

LAHP is a Doctoral Training Partnership co-funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and eight Higher Education Institution (HEI) partners. The School of Advanced Study is one of these partners.

LAHP funds up to 90 PhD studentships each year at these HEIs in subjects across the Arts & Humanities. Of these studentships, 10% are Collaborative Doctoral Awards with a cultural or other external partner. There are separate competitions for CDA and open studentships.

How to apply

Applications open via the LAHP application portal.


The deadline for applications for 2024/25 entry was the 26th January 2024.

University of London Scholars Awards

What is available?

The University of London Scholars award is open to home and international students who have been offered a place on the School's MPhil/PhD Programme for September 2024 entry. There are two awards to a value of £15,000 each to cover fees plus maintenance for a maximum of three years.   


To be eligible to apply applicants must have an offer on the School's MPhil/PhD programme for September 2024 entry.

This scholarship is not available to distance learning students.   

The initiative is in support of the University of London’s strategy to help young people across London flourish – while narrowing social, economic and health inequalities. As well as aiming to close the attainment gap between students  

The awards therefore prioritise students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We define disadvantaged as:  

  • Students with low household income or low socio-economic status (including those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less)  

  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner  

  • Students who are care-experienced 

  • Students who have caring responsibilities  

  • Neither of the students’ parents can be found or it is not reasonably practicable to get in touch with either of them (estranged students)  

  • Refugees and asylum seekers  

  • Students with a disability  

  • Veterans - people who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who have been discharged or released   

Applicants will need to describe how the above criteria applies to them and what difference receiving such an award will make to their education and opportunity.   


How to apply

Complete the online studentship application form and send any supporting evidence to studentships@sas.ac.uk.   


20 March 2024.

Yusuf Ali Scholarship offered by Institute of Commonwealth Studies

What is available?

The Yusuf Ali Fund was established in 1956, following the death of Mr Yusuf Ali. Its purpose then was to assist University of London students from India and Pakistan and was used in a discretionary manner for many years.

Today, we are honoured to offer the Yusuf Ali Scholarship for students of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent to enable them to study on one of the campus-based postgraduate programmes offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Currently, these are for our research degrees only.

Awards will range in value between £3,000 and £7795, depending on the financial need of applicants. The decision to make an award will be dependent on the excellence of the applicant’s academic and professional experience. The total amount awarded to any applicants is at the discretion of the selection panel.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to Kay Musonda, Institute Administrator, including:


The deadline for applications are 23:59 (BST), 30 April 2024. Any applications received after this time may not be considered.

Rubinstein Scholarship offered by the Warburg Institute

What is available?

The Rubinstein Scholarship is open to home students who have been offered a place on the Warburg Institute’s MPhil/PhD Programme.

It covers home fees and provides an annual £18,000 maintenance payment for a maximum of three years. This scholarship is not available to distance learning students. 

To be eligible to apply students had to have been offered a place on the PhD programme and be categorised as an home student.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

How to apply

To find out more and apply please visit the Warburg Institute site.


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 26th April 2024.


PhD Loans

UK PhD Government Loans 

You may be eligible for a UK PhD loan of up to £28,673 from Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales for a doctoral degree in any subject. These loans will be available to English-resident students and support all types of doctorate degree at universities within the UK. Find out more details about eligibility and repayment. 

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) 

The SAAS are an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK. Apply now and find out more information about their loan scheme. If you are applying for funding from the SAAS you will need to contact us beforehand so that we can get this set up for you.   

Federal Direct Loans for US Students 

The School of Advanced Study participates in the Federal Direct Loan programme. Unsubsidized Loans and Plus Loans are available through the Direct Loan programme operated by the US Education Department. Direct Loans are educational loans to assist US citizens with the costs of studying.

Other funding opportunities

For more funding options please visit the Warburg website here