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Taught master's funding

There are a number of potential sources of funding available to some students aiming to undertake a taught master's course in the history of science, technology and medicine.

Please note that studentships for master's-level study, particularly from national funders, are increasingly only aimed at 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.

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 relevant MSc Programme Director in the first instance.

In all cases, please check the relevant external websites for definitive details of awards, eligibility criteria for applicants, and submission deadlines. Please note that competition is intense for all studentships, and a very strong performance at undergraduate level is required.

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Local funding

Wellcome Trust Master’s studentship in History of Medicine/Medical Humanities

The University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) has been awarded a series of fully funded Master’s studentships by the Wellcome Trust, as part of its commitment to building an influential and diverse population of future researchers in humanities and social sciences.

CHSTM invites applicants for Wellcome studentships for the 2019-20 academic year, covering full fees at the UK/EU rate plus living allowance for study on our taught Master’s programme in History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Applicants must be strongly committed to building a research career relevant to the themes covered by the Wellcome Trust’s Humanities and Social Sciences schemes. You will have a clear proposal for a Master’s-level research project which will serve as preparation for doctoral study. Applicants who wish to specialize within a specific medical humanities discipline, such as historians who seek to build a career in the history of medicine, are encouraged to develop discipline specific research proposals. Synergies with current research in medical history and humanities at CHSTM are highly desirable. Applicants must be committed to pursuing research which examines health and/or medicine from a historically informed humanities perspective.

Applicants are encouraged to express their interest and discuss potential applications by contacting Dr Rob Kirk: robert.g.kirk@manchester.ac.uk.

Application information and deadlines

Applications should be sent to Dr Kirk at the email address above no later than Sunday 31 March 2019. Your application should include:

  • a brief CV, with details of undergraduate degree held or being undertaken
  • details of the research proposed (maximum of two pages), including (a) an outline of a your proposed Master’s-level research project and (b) a short indication of your anticipated doctoral research area
  • a letter of support from a current academic sponsor

The successful applicant will be chosen by a committee of research-active University of Manchester staff who work across medical history and humanities.

Funding for UK and European Union students

Postgraduate loans

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.

North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

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 (i.e. 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. UK applicants are eligible for fees plus stipend awards. Other EU applicants are eligible for fees-only awards.

Society bursaries

The British Society for the History of Science has in previous years offered Master's Degree Bursaries of up to £4,000 to support the living expenses of those accepted for taught master's courses in History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Other learned societies such as 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.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Some students, particularly those on the MSc Science Communication course with relevant career plans, may qualify for the Professional and Career Development Loans offered by various banks. See the Gov.uk website for more information.

Alternative funding schemes

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.

Another 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.

Funding for Non-UK/EU students

Chevening Scholarships

Non-UK/EU students are eligible to apply for the competitive Chevening Scholarships supported by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Potential applicants should also contact their local British Council office for information and advice about funding opportunities.

Other funding options

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 (eg Marshall Scholarships or Fulbright Scholarships for US citizens).

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