PhD Studentships

(Updated November 2018)

The School of History invites applications for funding to undertake postgraduate research. Students interested in applying for any of the following funding schemes must apply through the School of History Postgraduate Research Scholarship Gateway: AHRC Doctoral Studentships; ESRC Doctoral Studentships; Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships; St Leonard’s Scholarships.(which normally cover the difference between home/EU and international fees). EU (non-UK) students who apply for AHRC or ESRC doctoral scholarships through this gateway and who are successful in the Research Council competition may be put forward to the competition for St Leonard’s European Doctoral Stipend Scholarships, which provide stipends at the Research Council rate for EU (non-UK) students awarded Research Council fees-only scholarships (success in the Research Council competition does not guarantee success in the European Doctoral Stipend Scholarship competition). Please check below for information on competitions that require application to both our School and another portal simultaneously.

The School of History Postgraduate Research Scholarship Gateway can be accessed through the Scholarships and Funding Catalogue of the University. Please first apply for a place to study for a research programme (PhD). You will then receive an email with instructions on how to access the catalogue. If you are a current student at St Andrews, you can access the catalogue through the scholarships and funding section on MySaint.

The deadline for applications to be considered in the studentship competition is 11 January 2019, 12noon (UK time). Information of how to apply is given below.

Candidates for ESRC funding must also upload their 'stage one' ESRC applications directly to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science's GradHub portal by 11th January 2019,12 noon (UK time). See also the University’s information page on ESRC funding .

Candidates for either AHRC or ESRC funding are advised to explore the websites of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and Scottish Graduate School of Social Science for information on the skills training provided by these consortias.

Applying to the School of History Postgraduate Research Scholarship Gateway

Applicants must complete the PhD Scholarship Proposal template for entry in 2019-20, taking note of the advice on how to complete the template. They should bear in mind that it will be read by a committee of historians of different specialisms, not all of whom will be familiar with the relevant subject area.

Applicants must also have received an offer for a place to undertake doctoral research at the School of History at St Andrews by the above deadline. It is, therefore, strongly recommended to apply for a place to study well in advance; this will also give referees sufficient time to submit their references. Applicants should make sure their referees understand that they are to write their references with the scholarship competition in mind, and not simply admission.

To facilitate the uploading of references for the scholarship application, please upload a Word document with the referee details as a placeholder (you will otherwise not be able to submit the scholarship application). References will either be uploaded by the School if referees already provided the requested reference when applicants applied for a place to study, or referees need to send their reference to Either way, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all references are submitted by the above deadline.

NB: Your uploaded qualification documents should include transcripts of completed and ongoing degrees (rather than final degree certificates). If you are currently a Masters student, please also provide a list of all coursework marks gained so far.

Applicants to the scholarship competition intending to study topics in Medieval Scottish History c.1100-c.1550 will automatically be considered for the Dr Jamie Stuart Cameron Award. This award provides £1,000 in additional research expenses.

Applications can also be taken for the Nicholas Murray Scholarship, which although administered through the School of International Relatons, is also open to School of History applicants.

For other sources of funding, administered by the University, later in the year, see the University’s Scholarships page.

For advice on how to write a PhD application see here.