Department of History

Scholarships and funding

Supporting your studies

We offer many funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships.

Scholarships

Search our scholarship finder to see the funding we have for you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Awards and Prizes

Our department is also proud to be able to offer a range of Awards and Prizes to our students.

Undergraduate Awards and Prizes

The Harry Lubasz Memorial Prize

Established in 2003, this award is presented to the student with the best overall mark for the module 'Approaches to History', on the basis of coursework and examination results.

Best Performance by a Second Year on a History Degree Prize (Single or Joint-Honours)

Established in 2003, this award is presented to the second-year student with the best grid of marks.  

 

Best Performance on the module 'The Making of the Modern World since 1750'

Established in 2003 and open to any student enrolled on the moduleThis award will be given for the best performance.

Best Performance on the module 'Europe Transformed: 1450-1750'

Established in 2003 and open to any student enrolled on the module. The award will be given for the best performance.

The Simon Collier Essay Prize

Established in 1991 to mark the departure of Dr Simon Collier from the University. The prize is awarded by the Board of Examiners in History to the best essay on a topic relating to the history of Asia (including Asiatic Russia), Africa, Latin America, Australasia and Oceania. All second and final-year students in BA History and History joint schemes, and BA Latin American Studies students taking history modules are eligible.

The Department of History Research Project Prize

This prize is awarded by the Board of Examiners in History to the final-year BA History or History joint scheme student deemed to have written the best Dissertation.

The Pop Ronson Memorial Prize for the best research project on a local history topic

The Pop Ronson Memorial Prize for Local History was established by the students of Thorpe Extra-Mural Studies Centre in 1997 as a memorial to Doreen (Pop) Ronson. Pop Ronson lived at Landermere, Thorpe-le-Soken. She taught in local schools and was an inspired and gifted teacher. On retirement in 1981 she established the Thorpe Extra-Mural Studies Centre.

The Centre was originally affiliated to Madingley College, Cambridge, but later became affiliated to the University of Essex, Centre for Continuing Education. The prize is awarded by the Board of Examiners in History to the final-year BA History or History joint scheme student deemed to have written the best project on a local history topic.  

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Apply for a CHASE studentship

Applying to study a PhD at Essex? Apply for a CHASE studentship before 13 January 2020 for your chance to have your studies funded.

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Postgraduate Awards and Prizes

The Essex Society for Family History Postgraduate Award

The Essex Society for Family History offers an annual award of £500 to one postgraduate student (at Masters or PhD level) working on an Essex-related subject in the field of Local or Family History. The award is competitive and administered through the Centre for Public History.

Contact Professor Professor Alison Rowlands for further details. 

Dr Philip Hills Award

Through the generosity of the Hills family, the Department is able to offer an annual award of £1,500 to one mature postgraduate student (at Masters or PhD level).

Dr Philip Hills went to study for a BA in History as a mature student at the University of Essex in 1979, completing his degree in 1982. Following this he studied for his PhD in the Department of History completing this in 1989. While he was studying for his doctorate he also taught in the History Department and later lectured and taught 19th Century English Social History until leaving in 1997. He was also involved in the Local History Centre.

Please contact us for details of how to apply.

The John S. Appleby Prize for the best MA Dissertation on an Essex History Theme

A £50 prize will be awarded by the Department of History for the best MA dissertation on a subject related to Essex history. If no suitable dissertation on Essex history is submitted in any particular year, the Prize may be awarded to the best dissertation on a topic related to John Appleby’s various interests, for example local history, India, Russia, Atlantic World, history of education and history of medicine.

 

MA Dissertation Prize

This Prize is awarded by the Board of Examiners in History to the MA student deemed to have written the best Dissertation.

The Friends of Historic Essex Postgraduate Award

The Friends of Historic Essex offer one or two annual awards amounting to £750 in total, to postgraduate students (at Masters or PhD level) working on historical Essex sources. The award is made either to support research or to fund an MA placement at the Essex Record Office. The award is competitive and administered through the Centre for Public History. Please contact Professor Alison Rowlands for further details.