Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Since 2012 we have committed some £13 million to support doctoral studies in the humanities at nine carefully selected universities. The initiative reflects our concerns about funding for the humanities and the potential impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies. Our aim is not only to support some of the most exciting students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities. We believe that high quality academic research in this field is of critical importance to British society. We hope that this programme might help to attract further funding to the sector.

We have a long history of support for higher education and a commitment to the humanities. The scholarships are awarded in three disciplines that align closely with our interests: history, literature and languages. Wolfson Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on these fields and to be future academic leaders. They are awarded solely on merit to students aspiring to an academic career. The recipients are nominated by their host university, and enquiries should be directed to the relevant university in the first instance.

Twenty seven scholarships are funded each year at nine universities across the UK. The scholarships are worth some £28,000 each year (over three years), and cover fees, provide a maintenance stipend, and provide for some research and training costs. The participating universities are selected using a formula based on their research record. Institutions currently involved in the programme are: University of St Andrews (from 2017/18),  University of Birmingham (from 2017/18), University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Durham (from 2017/18), University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Warwick, University of York, School of Oriental and African Studies. Individuals should apply directly to the university and not to the Foundation.

Current Wolfson Scholars may access the terms and conditions associated with their scholarship here.

More on the areas we are interested in supporting may be found here.

2016 cohort of Wolfson Scholars from the University of York, pictured with Professor Mark Ormrod, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of York, at a dinner to welcome the new scholars kindly hosted by the University of Warwick