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Funding

Several sources of funding are available for the CHSTM PhD programme. Please check the relevant websites below carefully for full details of awards, eligibility criteria for applicants and submission deadlines.

Potential PhD applicants will normally have a clear idea of a proposed research topic, including its relationship to the existing literature. They should normally have a good Master’s degree in HSTM or a related subject.

Potential applicants should approach the CHSTM PhD Programme Director and/or a potential CHSTM supervisor well in advance of any formal application, to discuss the suitability of their proposed project and for advice on the most suitable funding opportunities and the application process.

In all cases, a University application form for a place on the CHSTM PhD programme must be completed before submission of any funding application. Some funding agencies require that an offer of a place on the programme has been made before they will consider a funding application.

Funding applications must be submitted via CHSTM, and require institutional approval before submission. This process can take several weeks. Drafting and discussion of the research proposals and personal statements required for funding applications can also take considerable time.  You will need to work closely with a prospective supervisor in producing a polished grant application well in advance of the submission deadline, so please allow plenty of time well in advance of submission deadlines for this process. Ideally, you should begin the process at least 12 months before you intend to begin study.

 

Local funding sources

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) can sometimes offer partial or full studentships to PhD students. Details will appear here when opportunities are available.

 

Other funding sources: UK/EU students

a. Well-qualified UK/EU candidates may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding via the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. Applicants should also note that competition is fierce, and that very strong performance at Master’s level is a prerequisite for entry to the competition. The application deadline for September 2015 entry has not yet been finalised, but will appear here when available.

UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards; EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.

b. The PhD programme is also eligible for awards from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the North-West Doctoral Training Centre. Awards under this highly competitive scheme are made to UK/EU students in the following modes:

  • 1+3: research training MSc year, followed by 3 year PhD programme.
  • +3: 3-year PhD studentship for applicants who already have a good Master’s degree
  • +2: 2-year PhD studentship for applicants already enrolled in the first year of a PhD programme
  • CASE: 1+3 or +3 awards as above in collaboration with an external organisation (recent case awards have been held with the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Siemens, the Medical Research Council and others)

Applicants should note that only a small number of awards is available, that competition is intense, and that very strong performance at undergraduate and Master’s level is a prerequisite for entry to the competition. The application deadline for September 2015 entry is Monday 2 February 2015.

c. Applicants whose interests are in medical humanities and the history of medicine may be eligible for nomination for a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Doctoral Studentship. Again, the scheme is highly competitive, and only a few awards are made each year. Potential applicants should have a good Master’s degree in an area relevant to Medical Humanities. The application deadline for September 2015 entry has not yet been finalised, but will appear here when available.

Wellcome Trust studentships are open to UK/EU and non-EU applicants, but university fees are paid only at the UK/EU rate.

d. Applicants whose interests are in social and ethical aspects of biomedical research and health may be eligible for nomination for a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Doctoral Studentship. Again, the scheme is highly competitive, and only a few awards are made each year. Potential applicants should have a good Master’s degree in an area relevant to Medical Humanities. The application deadline for September 2015 entry is Thursday 2 April 2015.

Wellcome Trust studentships are open to UK/EU and non-EU applicants, but university fees are paid only at the UK/EU rate.

e. Self-funding students may be eligible for support from charitable trusts or other agencies on a national or local basis. General information about funding, including a database of funding opportunities is available here.

f. Learned societies (e.g. the British Society for the History of Science, the Society for Social History of Medicine, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Association) offer grants and/or bursaries to those already enrolled on courses to help support research, travel or other expenses. Check websites carefully for conditions of application and deadlines.

 

Other funding sources: non-UK/EU students

a. Non-UK/EU students are eligible to apply for the competitive Chevening Scholarships supported by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The application deadline for September 2015 entry is Saturday 15 November 2014. Potential applicants should also contact their local British Council office for information and advice about funding opportunities.

b. Non-UK/EU students are also encouraged to investigate funding options through national or other agencies in their own countries, as many will offer ‘study abroad’ opportunities (e.g. Marshall Scholarships for US citizens).

c. Applicants whose interests are in medical humanities and the history of medicine may be eligible for nomination for a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Doctoral Studentship. Again, the scheme is highly competitive, and only a few awards are made each year. Potential applicants should have a good Master’s degree in an area relevant to Medical Humanities. The application deadline for 2015 has not yet been finalised, but will appear here when available.

Although Wellcome Trust studentships are open to non-EU applicants, university fees are paid only at the UK/EU rate, so the balance will need to be found from other sources.

d. Applicants whose interests are in social and ethical aspects of biomedical research and health may be eligible for nomination for a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Doctoral Studentship. Again, the scheme is highly competitive, and only a few awards are made each year. Potential applicants should have a good Master’s degree in an area relevant to Medical Humanities. The application deadline for September 2015 entry is Thursday 2 April 2015.

Wellcome Trust studentships are open to UK/EU and non-EU applicants, but university fees are paid only at the UK/EU rate, so the balance will need to be found from other sources.

e. Learned societies (e.g. the British Society for the History of Science, the Society for Social History of Medicine, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Association) offer grants and/or bursaries to those already enrolled on courses to help support research, travel or other expenses. Check websites carefully for conditions of application and deadlines.

 

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