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PhD History

Study for a PhD in History

Study for a PhD in History at Lancaster and join a department ranked in the top ten for History nationally by the Guardian University Guide 2019, with a library ranked joint first in the UK for quality (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018), at the university named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our research expertise ranges from the ancient to the modern across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Read more about our expertise, doctoral training programme, and funding opportunities below. Applicants should identify and contact a potential supervisor in the first instance.

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Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of sources of funding, ranging from studentships funded by the AHRC and ESRC, as well as University, Faculty and Department bursaries. 

Faculty funding for the next academic year will be publicised in due course.

  • AHRC and ESRC Funding Competitions

    Lancaster University’s History Department is active in two large North West Consortia for Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), run by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

    In association with the NWCDTP, the Department welcomes applications for:

    • AHRC postgraduate studentships in History
    • ESRC postgraduate studentships in Economic and Social History

    The Department of History is also part of AHRC’s Classics and Ancient History pathway and invites applications for:

    • AHRC postgraduate studentship in Classics and Ancient History

    Studentships can also be offered for certain Collaborative Doctoral schemes with non-academic partners which may be advertised each year.

    Potential candidates are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors as soon as possible to plan the application process. 

    Note the following deadlines:

    • For ESRC’s NWSSDTP collaborative studentship competition (CASE), the deadline for application is 10 November 2017
    • For ESRC’s NWSSDTP Open Studentship Competition, the deadline for application is 5 February.

    Please see details:

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/arts-and-social- sciences/study/postgraduate/funding/economic--social-research-council-esrc-studentships/ 

    https://nwssdtp.ac.uk/ 

    http://www.nwdtc.ac.uk/

    Students will normally have been offered a place at one of the four NWSSDTP institutions prior to their studentship application, on one of the programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding.  However, studentship applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting, which will take place on 14 March 2018. 

    • For AHRC’s NWCDTP Studentship Competitions in either History or Classics and Ancient History, you must apply for a place in Lancaster University by Monday 15 January 2018, and to have been offered and accepted that place by 9 February 2018

    Application details, eligibility criteria, submission deadlines and further guidance can be accessed via 

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/arts-and-social-sciences/study/postgraduate/funding/arts--humanities-research-council-ahrc-studentships/

    http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/

    Cross disciplinary applications

    The Department also welcomes cross-disciplinary AHRC applications which combine or connect with another discipline (available in one of the following participating departments):

    • Art History (LICA)
    • Arts Management, Library and Museum Studies (LICA)
    • Classics (Department of History)
    • Creative Writing (Department of English & Creative Writing)
    • Cultural Studies (Department of Sociology)
    • Drama, Theatre, Dance (LICA)
    • English (Department of English & Creative Writing)
    • History (Department of History)
    • Law (School of Law)
    • Linguistics (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
    • Media and Communication (LICA)
    • Modern Languages (DELC)
    • Philosophy (Department of PPR)
    • Religious Studies (Department of PPR)
    • Translation Studies (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
    • Visual Arts: Arts and Design (LICA)

    Application details, eligibility criteria, submission deadlines and further guidance can be accessed via the Faculty Funding PagesApplications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

    Please explore our research pages or contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies for more information about the awards and the supervision the department can offer.

    Further information about the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership is available from the consortium's webpages.

    Please make sure that your referees send two letters of recommendation to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

  • FASS and Departmental bursaries 2018-19

    Faculty Postgraduate Studentships

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (1+3), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty.

    Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should complete the Faculty Scholarship application form and send it to Becky Sheppard by 2 March 2018.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in History before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2018-19 academic year.

    A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

    Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study

    Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships can be made in all departments and their disciplines. To apply, please fill in the relevant application form. Please ask for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the PG Co-ordinator, Becky Sheppard.

    Download application forms:

    MA Studentship Application Form‌ 2018-19 

    PhD Studentship Application Form 2018-19

     

    Terms and Conditions:

    Faculty MA Scholarship (fees only) 2018 Terms and Conditions

    Faculty Research Scholarship 2018 Terms and Conditions 

    Faculty 1 + 3 Scholarships (fees only) 2018, Terms and Conditions

    Deadline: 5:00pm on Friday 2 March 2018

    If you have any questions regarding this funding please contact Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird

     

    Regional Heritage Bursaries

    The Department offers some bursaries attached to placements in local heritage institutions. See details here.

     

    Iredell Studentship

    The Department of History will offer either one Iredell PhD Studentship or up to two MA Studentships in 2018. The award consists of an annual stipend of up to £5,000. Applications for the Iredell Studentship should consist of a 1000-word research proposal, a short (two-page) CV and two academic references.

    The proposal, CV and academic references must be submitted to history@lancaster.ac.uk by 25 May 2018. Candidates must ensure that the references arrive on time. Candidates must have been admitted on the PhD or MA programme before the application deadline.

  • University funding for postgraduate students

    Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible alumni applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

    • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
    • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

    Find out more about the scheme

     

    Peel Trust Studentship

    Funds of up to £2,500 per annum are available to postgraduate students, both MA and PhD. For details of how to apply, please see Student Funding Service webpage.

     

    Research Support and Training Costs

    All registered PhD students are eligible to apply to the Department for research support and research training costs. This may cover, for example, travel and other expenses for research trips to libraries, archives, museums, etc.; expenses related to attending academic conferences where you are giving a paper; or the costs of training in a skill necessary for your research, such as enrolling in a language or other skills course for which no provision exists in the university. For more information, please contact our Postgraduate Coordinator.

  • Other Funding

    Postgraduate Loan Scheme

    A postgraduate loan scheme has been introduced for students commencing master's courses.

    Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research Master's students.  For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.

     

    Other sources of funding, both internal and external, are available and can been accessed via the University Postgraduate Funding pages. In addition, the university has a range of partial awards to support students financially.

    Visit the Student Based Services web pages to find out more.

  • Funding Enquiries

    For further information about funding and finances, please contact:

    Postgraduate Admissions
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    Department of History
    Lancaster University
    Lancaster, LA1 4YL

    Tel: 01524 510880
    Email: fass-pg-admissions@lancaster.ac.uk

     

    If you have a specific enquiry, please contact:

    Administrator, Postgraduate Studies
    Department of History
    Bowland College
    Lancaster University
    Lancaster, LA1 4YT

    Tel: +44 (0)1524 (5)92549
    Email: history@lancaster.ac.uk

How to apply

To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.

Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees.

Current Lancaster Students

If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application. You will need to provide only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your personal details, ready for you to check.

If you use the My Applications website then you will be advised which documentation you need to upload or send to us. We can automatically contact your referees once you have submitted your application if you ask us to.

The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. For transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • A personal statement to help us understand why you wish to study your chosen degree.
  • You also need to complete a research proposal which should include the following:
    • the research area you are interested in
    • the research question(s) you are specifically interested in
    • who within History appears best qualified to supervise you
    • the methods you envisage using in your studies
    • plus any other information which may be relevant
  • Two references
  • If English is not your first language, we require copies of English language test results.

You can apply at any time of the year for PhD study, but we encourage you to start at one of the predefined start dates of October, January or April. In some circumstances, July start date will be considered. 

If you wish to be considered for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

If you would like more information before applying, please contact us. If you have any queries during the application process, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team.