Various sources of national, university and departmental funding are available to postgraduate applicants. Most awards are for UK and EU nationals. Nevertheless, there are some awards for overseas applicants and both domestic and international students may apply for the awards offered by the Department. Many countries also have special schemes to assist postgraduate study in the UK. Further details are provided on the University's Postgraduate website and, for overseas applicants, on the British Council's list of British Government Scholarships.


Departmental Funding for PG Students


Regional Heritage Bursaries

The Department had two Regional Heritage Bursaries to offer in 2015-2016. Details about next year's bursaries will be updated in early 2016. For further details see the Regional Heritage Bursary page.


Iredell Studentship

The Department of History will offer either one Iredell PhD Studentship or up to two MA Studentships in 2016. The award consists of an annual stipend of £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 Rebecca Sheppard by 21 May 2016. Candidates must ensure that the references arrive on time. Candidates must have applied for a place on the PhD programme before the application deadline.


FASS and Departmental bursaries 2016-17 

The Department and the Faculty offer a number of fee waivers (PGT) and fee waivers and bursaries (PGR), including:

  • Fee waivers 
  • Additional £5,000 towards subsistence
  • Additional £10,000 towards subsistence
  • Full RCUK level of subsistence 

To apply, please fill in the relevant application form:


The completed application form must be returned to Rebecca Sheppard ( by 5pm on 17 March 2016


Lancaster University Funding for PG 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.


Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research Master's students. Detailed eligibility criteria and information regarding the application process is expected early in 2016. For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.


AHRC Awards 

Lancaster University is part of a North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC) that has been successful in winning over £14million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council; this funding will provide 40 PhD awards each year across the consortium for the next 5 years, beginning in 2014-15.

In association with Lancaster University’s involvement in the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), the Department of History welcomes applications for AHRC postgraduate studentships in History. The Department also welcomes cross-disciplinary applications which connect with another discipline (available in one of the following participating departments):

  • Art History (LICA)
  • Arts Management, Library and Museum Studies (LICA)
  • Chinese (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
  • 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 FASS Funding PagesApplications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to

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.

The deadline for applications for 2016 is 12 February 2016. Students should normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. Please see attached application form and guidelines for applicants.

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 before applications close (12 February 2016).


ESRC MA and PhD Studentships in Economic and Social History

Lancaster University, in partnership with the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, has established an ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre. The North West DTC receives the largest number of ESRC PhD studentships in England, and has been guaranteed 63 awards annually across all subjects to be allocated on a competitive basis among the three universities. 

All students working on subjects within Economic and Social History are eligible to apply for an award on either a 1+3 (MA + PhD) or +3 (PhD only, for applicants who already have an MA) basis. Studentships will cover full fees and a stipend, amounting to about £18,000 a year. Students will be able to draw on the full PGT and PhD research training programmes at all three universities in the NWDTC.

The application deadline is 1 February 2016. Please see attached application form and guidelines for applicants. Please note that you will also need to apply separately for a PhD place. Application details, eligibility criteria, submission deadlines and further guidance can be accessed via the FASS Funding PagesApplications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to

Any queries specifically about the application procedure should be addressed to the Director of Postgraduate Studies. Further information about the North West Doctoral Training Centre is available from the DTC's webpages.

Apply for a PhD programme


Research Support and Training for Current PGR Students

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. There is no ceiling on individual applications, but the Department will not normally be able to make more than £5,000 available in total in any given year. You may apply by submitting a statement of your needs, not exceeding 2 pages, to the Director of Postgraduate Studies. The statement should include:

  1. a brief explanation of your PhD research,
  2. an explanation of what you need the money for (e.g. summer language course; research in National Archives),
  3. as comprehensive a break–down of costs as you can provide.


Other Funding

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 website to find out more.



University information on fees for postgraduate programmes


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

Department Enquiries

If you have a specific enquiry, please contact:

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

Tel: +44 (0)1524 (5)92549
Fax: +44 (0)1524 846102