Wolfson Scholarships: subject areas

Wolfson Scholarships: subject areas

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities was initiated to support some of the most promising students undertaking doctoral research in the humanities. A secondary aim is to demonstrate our commitment and support to the field at a time of reduced funding in the sector.

Through the scholarships, we are interested in supporting three disciplines that align closely with our current interests: history, literature and languages. Our areas of interest within each discipline may be broadly defined as follows:


As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology.

Research funded in this area includes work on socio-political change in East Africa; society and ideology in the Milanese region, c. 1000-1200; and laughter in the 18th Century.


We are interested in research in applied languages rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, where these are in languages other than English.

Research funded in this area ranges widely, and often overlaps with the other two disciplines. Current research projects include 'Engishiki Norito' in the context of the Old Japanese literary continuum; the influence of Francophone culture in Southern Italy; and the evolution of languages and identities in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav Croatian cinema.


As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory or film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen).

Research funded in this area includes work on the ocean in mid-19th Century American verse; narratives of needlework in early-modern England; Samuel Johnson and religious thought of the 18th Century; and the evolution of parasitology and how it has shaped the dialogue between science and literature.

For eligibility of a specific research project, or for any general queries, please contact the relevant university in the first instance. A list of participating universities is on the main scholarship programme page.