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 has two Regional Heritage Bursaries to offer in 2015-2016. For further details see the Regional Heritage Bursary page.

Iredell Studentship

The Department of History is pleased to offer one Iredell PhD Studentship in 2015. The award consists of a fees bursary plus an annual stipend of £5,000 for three years. PhD students in the department are normally given the opportunity to undertake teaching. Applications for the Iredell Studentship should consist of a 1000-word research proposal, a short (two-page) c.v. and two academic references. The proposal, c.v. and academic references must be submitted to Rebecca Sheppard by 22 May 2015. Candidates must ensure that the references arrive on time. Candidates must have applied for a place on the PhD programme before the application deadline.

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Fees bursaries

The Department is pleased to offer the following Faculty fees bursaries for postgraduate study beginning in October 2015:
MA:  2
PhD: 2
MA + PhD:  1

The bursaries cover home/EU fees only. The duration of the awards is one year for (full-time) MA students, and 3 years for (full-time) PhD students. Please apply using the appropriate form: 


The completed application form, together with a short research proposal (500-600 words), must be returned to Rebecca Sheppard ( by 5pm on 22 May 2015. Applicants must arrange for two references to be submitted by the same deadline.

Regional Heritage Bursary

The Department has one Regional Heritage Bursary to offer in 2015-2016 from the Bampton and District Local History Society. The project will explore the environmental history of the Haweswater reservoir between 1945 and 1990. For further details see the Regional Heritage Bursary page.


Lancaster University Funding for PG Students

Lancaster Master’s Awards

Lancaster University is offering over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each as part of a government initiative to offer additional support for students wishing to progress to Master’s level study. The Scheme is open to UK/EU students who began their studies after 1st September 2012. Find out more about the scheme

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. The deadline for support for 2015 entry is 15 May 2015. For details of how to apply, please see Student Funding Service webpage.

Alumni Studentships

Applications for Alumni Postgraduate Studentships are now open. Applications are invited from any student who has completed a degree at Lancaster University and wishes to go on to post-graduate study here. The Studentships are £500 each and full details are available here or by contacting the Alumni and Development Office.


AHRC awards 

The Department of History invites applications for AHRC awards. Lancaster University is part of a North West consortium 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.

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 2015 is 13 February 2015. 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.


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 NWDTC 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 2 February 2015. Please see attached application form and guidelines for applicants. Please note that you will also need to apply separately for a PhD place.

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.

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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