School of Philosophy and Art 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.

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Undergraduate funding

Art History prize

The Art History Prize is awarded by the Board of Examiners to the final year student with the best overall academic performance and takes the form of a certificate and a cheque for £100.

Bishop-McKinlay prize (Art History)

The Bishop-McKinlay prize was established in memory of James Bishop and Seamus McKinlay, and is awarded to a second-year student taking art history either as a single-honours course or as a significant part of a joint-degree course, and is intended to support travel and research abroad related to art history.


The prize can cover air fares, internal travel, living costs and health insurance for around four to six weeks, and is tenable in the summer vacation between the second and third years of study. An application of 1,000 words maximum should include an itinerary with visits to specific art works, galleries, architecture, sites or archives that either form the subject of your proposed third-year dissertation, or are otherwise related to art history study.

The recipient is decided by a departmental committee and successful applicants are expected to give a presentation on their travels to the Bishop and McKinlay families, usually early in the summer term.

Applications should be submitted to our Deputy School Manager at spahinfo@essex.ac.uk, and should include the name of a staff member willing to act as referee. A committee made up of our Head of School and two members of art history staff consider applications and may divide the prize money to make more than one award.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.

“The prize gave me the opportunity to travel to Paris to visit the Gustave Moreau art gallery/museum and the Musée d’Orsay. I had decided to look at the work of French Symbolist painters from the nineteenth century and to be able to experience the paintings first hand gave me a greater understanding of the artwork and the period; to see the rooms where Moreau dined, slept and worked made me feel closer to the artist. I look at the world differently now, having studied at Essex, and I deeply appreciate the generosity of the Bishop and McKinlay families whose prize helped me gain my degree.”
Tracey Burrows 2013 Bishop-Mckinlay Prize Winner

Tim Laughton travel fund (Art History)

The Tim Laughton travel fund was established in memory of Dr Tim Laughton, a lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History specialising in mesoamerican art and architecture, who died in February 2009. Generous donations, especially from Dr Laughton’s family and the artist Michael Aakhus, enable us to offer a bursary of approximately £500 annually to the undergraduate or postgraduate art history student who submits the best proposal for travel to Latin America for research related to their BA, MA or PhD dissertation.

The prize is decided by a departmental committee and is normally tenable during the summer vacation, and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal. Applications should be submitted to our Deputy School Administrator at spahinfo@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.

Roy Beston memorial prize (Art History)

The Roy Beston memorial prize was established in 1995 by Maria Beston, a former student in our School of Philosophy and Art History, in memory of her husband. The prize is awarded to a second-year mature student taking art history either as a single-honours subject or as a significant part of a joint-degree course. The prize, of approximately £400, aims to enrich the studies of a talented mature student by contributing to the cost of books, travel or other degree related activities.

The winner is chosen by the Board of Examiners at the end of the Summer term.

Masters funding

SPAH International Masters scholarships

Our School of Philosophy and Art History Masters scholarships support talented students to undertake postgraduate taught study. We have up to 4 partial tuition fee waivers of £6,125 and another 2 partial tuition fee waivers of £2,650 for full-time overseas students for 2017 entry.

You must have an offer for a postgraduate degree at Essex before you can apply for these awards.

For further information please contact our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams at wgill@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicants will be contacted by email.

SPAH Masters scholarships

Our School of Philosophy and Art History Masters scholarships support talented students to undertake postgraduate taught study. We have up to 4 partial tuition fee waivers of £6,125 and another 2 partial tuition fee waivers of £2,650 for Home/EU students for 2017 entry.

For further information please contact our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams at wgill@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicants will be contacted by email.

Tim Laughton travel fund (Art History)

The Tim Laughton travel fund was established in memory of Dr Tim Laughton, a lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History specialising in mesoamerican art and architecture, who died in February 2009. Generous donations, especially from Dr Laughton’s family and the artist Michael Aakhus, enable us to offer a bursary of approximately £500 annually to the undergraduate or postgraduate art history student who submits the best proposal for travel to Latin America for research related to their BA, MA or PhD dissertation.

The prize is decided by a departmental committee and is normally tenable during the summer vacation, and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal. Applications should be submitted to our Deputy School Administrator at spahinfo@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.

PhD funding

Sir Andrew Carnwath prize (Art History)

The Sir Andrew Carnwath prize of £500 is awarded annually to a current PhD student for the best proposal for travel and research related to their thesis.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal.

Applications should be sent to our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams at wgill@essex.ac.uk, and will be considered by a departmental committee. The committee may decide to divide the prize money to make more than one award. The award is normally tenable during the Easter or summer vacations, and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.

SPAH Doctoral scholarships

Our School of Philosophy and Art History Doctoral scholarships support talented applicants to undertake full-time postgraduate research study.

Awards that we may offer for entry include:

  • a fee waiver for Home/EU applicants worth £4,200 per year for three years
  • a partial fee waiver for Overseas applicants worth £4,200 per year for three years

Our Scholarship Committee will only make awards if applicants of sufficient merit come forward. We reserve the right to channel funding between our different postgraduate schemes. Successful applicants can only hold one award at a time.

Applying

You must have an offer for a postgraduate research degree at Essex before you can apply for this award.

To be considered for School of Philosophy and Art History scholarships we require a completed application form, CV and research proposal (up to 2,000 words). We may also take into account any materials that you sent us when you applied for a place on our PhD programme.

Please email your application documents to our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams, at wgill@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicants will be contacted by email.

Thomas Puttfarken research prize (Art History)

The Thomas Puttfarken research prize was established in memory of Professor Thomas Puttfarken (1943-2006), an international specialist in renaissance and barqoue art, and former lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History. The prize is generously supported by Professor Puttfarken’s friends and former colleagues.

The prize is for MPhil and PhD students requiring funds to support essential research visits to libraries, museums, archives and artists’ studios related to their theses, or to present conference papers or attend important conferences. The funds may also be available to support publication costs, or assist with costs associated with the completion of your thesis.

Awards are decided by departmental committee and are typically around £300, although requests for larger amounts will be considered. Applications of 1,000 words maximum including a summary of your proposed project and anticipated costs should be sent to our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams at wgill@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.

Tim Laughton travel fund (Art History)

The Tim Laughton travel fund was established in memory of Dr Tim Laughton, a lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History specialising in mesoamerican art and architecture, who died in February 2009. Generous donations, especially from Dr Laughton’s family and the artist Michael Aakhus, enable us to offer a bursary of approximately £500 annually to the undergraduate or postgraduate art history student who submits the best proposal for travel to Latin America for research related to their BA, MA or PhD dissertation.

The prize is decided by a departmental committee and is normally tenable during the summer vacation, and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal. Applications should be submitted to our Deputy School Administrator at spahinfo@essex.ac.uk.

The application deadline for 2017 has now passed. The successful applicant will be contacted by email.