Funding & Scholarships

Faculty Studentship Information

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If you receive an offer of a place, your college will require you to complete a Financial Declaration form. This aims to ensure that you are fully aware of the expected fees and living costs associated with your chosen programme of study. For full details of fees please see here.

To be considered for most University or Faculty studentships you must apply through the university admissions process by the January deadline of 12 noon (midday) on 11 January 2019. 

The Faculty and University have a number of studentships available to fund graduate study in English.  In recent years about 11 studentships a year have been offered to study on our master's programmes, and about 20 studentships a year to study on our doctoral programme.  Most of these are offered to UK or EU students, but two or three studentships on both the master's programme and the doctoral programme (four to six in total) are awarded to overseas students.

The AHRC grant application process (open to UK/ EU students only) is managed by the University, so there is no need for a separate application to the AHRC. The Humanities Division has a block grant allocation of 40 doctoral and 10 master’s awards from the AHRC. English also nominates candidates each year for Clarendon Scholarships (open to UK/ EU and Overseas students). Here too application is made through the central admissions process, and there is no need to submit any further information. The Humanities Division offers around 35 Clarendon scholarships a year. Smaller numbers of other scholarships are also offered. All eligible candidates are automatically considered for these scholarships.

The Faculty also offers studentships in partnership with some colleges, and makes recommendations for a number of trust-funded studentships, managed by other committees and Boards. All eligible candidates are automatically considered for these studentships, which are open to UK/ EU students only. They include:

Jeremy Griffiths Studentship 
Available to candidates studying a subject related to the History of the Book before 1550 (held at St Hilda's College). Open to applicants for the MSt 650-1550 and MPhil (Medieval Studies).

Cecily Clark Studentship
Available to students of English Medieval Studies, with a preference for subjects relating to Middle English Philology.

Violet Vaughan Morgan Studentship – available to candidates studying on any of the English MSt strands.

For the following studentships, candidates should check the criteria relating to each award as some may have particular application requirements:

Oxford - Drue Heinz Scholarship

One full scholarship is available for applicants who are applying to the full-time DPhil in English Literature. Preference will be given to candidates undertaking research in American Literature.

The scholarship covers course fees and a grant for living costs of at least £14,777. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course. Mrs Drue Heinz served as a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and was a founding council member of Rothermere American Institute, where she endowed the Drue Heinz Professorship in American Literature at St John’s College.

The scholarship is only tenable at St John’s College. All eligible applicants will be considered for the scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to St John’s College in order to take up the scholarship.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered, submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course. Selection is expected to take place in April 2019. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.

Ertegun Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities
Available to UK, EU and overseas students applying for entry to master's and doctoral programmes.  Please see the programme website.

St Cross College
St Cross College will be offering two MPhil scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences for entry in the academic year 2019-2020.  Please see here for further details.

Boundaries of the Book
A collaborative doctoral award with the University of Cambridge and the Bodleian Libraries.


For further information about funding, please see here.


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