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Funding for taught Master’s study at CHSTM

Local funding

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

University and external funding sources

Various funding sources exist at University, national and international level, as described below:

In all cases, please check the relevant external websites for definitive details of awards, eligibility criteria for applicants, and submission deadlines.

Please be aware that studentships for Master’s-level study, particularly from national funders, are increasingly targeted only to potential research (PhD) students. The application process for a "research preparation" studentship may require a fairly detailed research plan to be developed in consultation with potential research supervisors at CHSTM. We are happy to help with this process, but can only do so for candidates genuinely aiming to go on to PhD work (for more information on this, please see Postgraduate Research).

Some external funding schemes require the application to be submitted via CHSTM, rather than directly by the potential student. Together with drafting and discussion of personal statements and (where appropriate) research proposals, this process can take several weeks. You should therefore discuss any potential funding application well in advance of submission deadlines with the MSc Programme Director (see contacts) in the first instance.

UK and European Union students

  • Government postgraduate loans of up to £10 000 are available for students aged 60 or under from the UK, if ordinarily resident in England, or from other parts of the UK. Part-time students are eligible.
    For the latest details, please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page on the main University website.
  • Wellcome Trust Master’s award: CHSTM seeks a candidate to nominate for a fees-plus-maintenance award in the history of medicine, medical humanities, or a related social science area. The internal deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 17 March 2017.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers a small number of awards for research-focused students via the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. MSc training is offered only on a ‘1+3’ basis (ie, for an MSc year followed by a three-year PhD programme, or part-time equivalents). Students seeking a research focus in the humanities (including history) or creative arts may be eligible. Competition is intense, and a very strong performance at undergraduate level is required.
    UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards. Other EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.
    Applications for September 2017 entry have now closed. Details of the competition for September 2018 entry will be announced here when they are available.
  • The Economic and Social Research Council similarly offers a small number of awards for research-focused students via the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. MSc training is offered only on a ‘1+3’ basis (ie, for an MSc year followed by a three-year PhD programme, or part-time equivalents). Students seeking a research focus in economic or social history, science and technology studies, or innovation studies may be eligible. Competition is intense, and a very strong performance at undergraduate level is required.
    UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards. Other EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.
    Applications for September 2017 entry have now closed. Details of the competition for September 2018 entry will be announced here when they are available.
  • Self-funding students may be eligible for support from charitable trusts or other agencies on a national or local basis. More information is available from the main University webpage on alternative funding schemes.
  • The British Society for the History of Science has in previous years offered Master’s Degree Bursaries of up to £4000 to support the living expenses of those accepted for taught Master’s courses in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. We are awaiting news of any bursary scheme for 2017 entry.
  • Other learned societies (e.g. the Society for Social History of Medicine, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Association) also offer grants and/or bursaries to those already enrolled on courses to help support research, travel or other expenses.
  • Some students, particularly on the MSc Science Communication programme with relevant career plans, may qualify for the Professional and Career Development Loans offered by various banks. Further information is available from the gov.uk site.

An alternative option is to combine part-time paid work with part-time study on the Master's course over two years. It's possible to do this with a restricted number of days on campus: please talk to the Programme Director for further information.

Non-UK/EU students

Non-UK/EU students are eligible to apply for the competitive Chevening Scholarships supported by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Applications for September 2017 entry have now closed. The application deadline for September 2018 entry is likely to be in early November 2017. Potential applicants should also contact their local British Council office for information and advice about funding opportunities.

Wellcome Trust Master’s award: CHSTM seeks a candidate to nominate for a fees-plus-maintenance award in the history of medicine, medical humanities, or a related social science area. The internal deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 17 March 2017. The degree of funding available to non-EU students depends on the country of origin: further information will be provided at the Wellcome Trust site.

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).

Further information, including a database of funding opportunities, is provided on the main University website.

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