Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities - The Wolfson Foundation
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The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities programme awards funding to support doctoral studies at nine carefully selected universities. The initiative reflects our concerns about funding for the humanities and the potential impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies. Our aim is thus not only to support some of the most exciting students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities. We believe that high quality academic research in this field is of critical importance to British society. We hope that this programme might help to attract further funding to the sector.
We have a long history of support for higher education and a commitment to the humanities. The scholarships are awarded in three disciplines that align closely with our interests: history, literature and languages. Wolfson Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on these fields and to be future academic leaders. They are awarded solely on merit to students aspiring to an academic career. The recipients are nominated by their host university, and enquiries should be directed to the relevant university in the first instance.
The nine host universities: University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Warwick, University of York, School of Oriental and African Studies.
Each university will be offered three Wolfson Scholarships, and it is generally expected that one will be in each of the three selected disciplines.
Individuals should apply directly to the university and not to the Foundation.
Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class Honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.
The awards are available for doctoral research only, and will be paid over three years (or up to six years part time). For full-time students, it is expected that students complete their doctorate in three years.
Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master’s degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.
While (as constrained by the Equalities Act 2010) the scheme is eligible to all nationalities, the Foundation has a particular interest in supporting UK students in light of increasing levels of undergraduate debt.
Twenty seven scholarships are funded each year at nine universities across the UK. The scholarships are worth some £27,000 each year (over three years). The award will cover full fees (including, where relevant, any college fees) and is at a high level in order to cover costs associated with research and training. It also covers costs associated with attending events for the programme organised by the Wolfson Foundation.
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