Full or partial funding for postgraduate study may be available. Below
is a list of possible sources of funding: please contact us for assistance in
putting together funding applications or for further advice or information.
Although care is taken by the Department of History in compiling this
information, it is for general guidance only and its contents are subject to
change on a regular basis.
For further information about university scholarships please see our
Scholarship Finder, or contact our History Graduate Administrator Lisa Willis, lwillis (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk).
The University of Essex is a member of CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the
Arts South-East England, which has over 375 fully-funded PhD studentships to award
over the next fvie years funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) and the seven CHASE partner institutions. Applicants for doctoral study in history at Essex
can apply to CHASE for AHRC studentships through our department and we will work closely with you on your application.
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The Steve Smith MA Scholarship worth £5,500 will be awarded to one student following the Local History pathway, or planning to write a dissertation on a local history topic.
Please contact the Graduate Administrator Lisa Willis, lwillis (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk) for details on how to apply.
MA studentship application form (.word document)
Please submit a signed hardcopy of the application form to Lisa Willis by the
deadline of 3 March 2014.
We are offering two Department of History MA Scholarships of £5,500, which are open to students applying for any of our taught MA programmes.
The Department of History is delighted to announce the creation
of a new prize, The Ruth Bensusan Prize. Competition for the Prize of £750
is open to any female, final-year undergraduate student registered for a single
or joint honours degree course at Essex University who has applied to take, and
been accepted onto, one of the MA programmes offered by the Department of
History. The successful candidate will be chosen following the Final Year
Examination Boards in June 2010. There is no
need to make a formal application, all eligible students will be considered
unless they explicitly request otherwise.
Dr Ruth Bensusan (1877-1957) was a significant figure in the
history of early 20th-century Colchester. A women's suffragist, Fabian
socialist, and Colchester town councillor, Dr Ruth Bensusan was also one of only
the second generation of women doctors. She campaigned to raise standards
of health and welfare, especially of women and children, and was instrumental in
the campaign to provide a maternity home in Colchester which resulted in the
opening of an 8-bed maternity hospital in Lexden Road in 1932. This home
was extended and altered so that by 1950 it could accommodate 52 women.
This Prize in her memory has been made possible by the generosity of a bequest
made by her son, John Bensusan-Butt.
Competition for the Prize of £750 is open to any female, final-year
undergraduate student registered for a single or joint honours degree course at
Essex University who has applied to take, and been accepted onto, one of the MA
programmes offered by the Department of History. The Prize will awarded to
the applicant who has the best academic performance at BA level and is intended
to help the student in question with her MA studies. The Prize winner will
have to write a short report (one side of A4) at the end of her MA year,
detailing the ways in which the Prize has assisted her in her MA studies (e.g.:
by means of the purchase of books or materials, payment of travel expenses to
libraries or archive etc.)
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Student Support Office - funding information
Careers Advisory Service - funding information
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Allen Lane Foundation
Association of Commonwealth
Awards are available to permanent residents of a Commonwealth country, other
than the UK, for study in the UK towards a postgraduate degree.
will need to contact their nearest British
Council office for details of educational
Career Development Loans
Grants for History
A guide to funding,
Institute of Historical Research, University
Royal Historical Society
Smart Student Guide to
More useful funding