PhD Studentships

(Updated September 2017)

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 for overseas students, which normally cover the difference between home/EU and international fees.

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 2018, 12noon.

Applicants must complete the PhD Scholarship Proposal 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. For advice on how to complete the template see here.

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 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.

PhD Studentships in Mediaeval History and Law

The project ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries’ invites applications for two PhD studentships, for applicants to start PhDs at the University of St Andrews in September 2018. Each student will examine the development of land law within a chosen region of western Europe in the period 1050-1250. Preference may be given to candidates working on France, Catalonia, or Italy, but applications to work on other areas will be considered too.

For further information on the project, see

Applicants should have completed a taught-postgraduate degree (or equivalent) by September 2018. The studentships are fully funded covering stipend and fees for UK and EU resident students. Non-EU students can also be considered for further University scholarships for international fees.

Applicants should apply for a PhD place via the University of St Andrews standard application process:

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018.

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.