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As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for your programme of study. You may be able to apply for funding to help you cover your costs.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Visit the University’s postgraduate fees and funding page for more information.

Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Master's study

Postgraduate loans are now available for UK and EU students studying a postgraduate degree and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £11,222 per student.

Explore into the funding available for postgraduate students.

Funding for Masters Students

Funding for Research Students

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding optionsFind country-specific requirements

Scholarships

A wide range of studentships are available to aid your studies at the University of Southampton. The University itself offers a number of scholarships for individual courses and there are several agencies offering funds to help study in the UK. These funding opportunities are detailed below. For information about other sources please see the University funding pages.

International students please also check the University International web pages for more information.

You can find out more information about scholarships for Masters and Research students on the tabs below.

Funding for Masters Students

Postgraduate Taught Excellence in English Scholarships

This scholarship is available to applicants from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau only. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically by the Admissions team if you meet the criteria. 

The £3,000 scholarship is offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of the the School's master’s programmes starting September 2022. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria via any of the University’s accepted English language tests: 

Programme IELTS

Min criteria

English Scholarship

Award criteria

6.0 average and minimum 5.5 in all four sections 6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections
6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections 7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections
7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections 7.5 average and minimum 7.0 in all four sections

All IELTS or other accepted English proficiency qualifications need to be sent to us by Sunday 4 September 2022 to be considered for this award.

GREAT Scholarship India

This scholarship provides £10,000 issued as a tuition fee reduction for an MA English Literary Studies [Postcolonial and World Literatures] student with an Indian passport. For full details on application criteria and how to apply, please visit Great Scholarships - India.

International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

  1. The International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships are available to applicants from all international countries, with the exception of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
  2. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically if students meet the criteria
  3. The scholarships of £3,000 are offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of FAH PGT programmes and have achieved either a 1st classification (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s degrees respectively.

Archaeology Merit Scholarship

The award covers: £1,000 contribution towards fees for a full-time postgraduate Archaeology student (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21.

Film Bursary

This Bursary is awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and is intended to foster applications from UK applicants (including continuing students) to our Film MA programmes. We are open to applications from all students, but proposals are particularly welcomed from applicants who are BAME, women, people affected by disability, and those from low income backgrounds.

The award covers: £1,000 contribution towards fees for full-time postgraduate Film MA students (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21.

 

Postgraduate Composition Bursary

This Bursary is awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and is intended for composers from a group that have often been disadvantaged in this field: BAME composers, women, and people affected by disability and other protected characteristics.

The award covers: £1,000 bursary for a full-time UK postgraduate Masters student (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21.

 

Richard Newitt Bursary

The Richard Newitt Trust bursary will be available for September 2020 entry. Richard Newitt Bursaries are an historical philanthropically-funded bursary scheme which is managed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in line with the original intentions of the donors; Richard and Freda Newitt. The award provides two bursaries to each Faculty for a UK Masters student. The award will be made as a maintenance grant which can be used for tuition fees or living costs at the choice of the student.

The award covers: a £4,000 bursary for a full-time UK postgraduate Masters student (50% of rate for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21

 

Sue Wilson Bursaries

Sue returned to education as a mature student and graduated from the University of Southampton with a PhD in English. While undertaking her studies, Sue was able to see first-hand the financial challenges that some students experience as postgraduates. On completion of her PhD, Sue decided that she would donate money to Southampton to establish the Sue Wilson Bursary programme to help UK students fulfil their dreams of obtaining a post-graduate degree.

The award covers: £1,000 contribution towards fees for full-time UK postgraduate masters students (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21.

 

The Barr Musicology Bursary

The Music department are pleased to offer two £1,000 bursaries to assist postgraduate students studying a Masters course in Musicology. The bursaries will be available for any student who has been offered a place on the MMus in Musicology, regardless of nationality and fee status (UK/EU/OS). The award can be combined with other scholarship or bursary funding available in the Music department, at the discretion of the selection committee. 

The award covers: £1,000 bursary for a full-time UK postgraduate Masters student (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21.

 

The Maureen Taylor Scholarship

The Maureen Taylor Scholarship supports postgraduate creative writing students with an award of £2,500 and is particularly aimed at encouraging black and minority ethnic (BME) women writers.

To be eligible to apply for the Maureen Taylor Scholarship you will need to have a confirmed place on the Creative Writing MA.

Applications are open to all but are particularly welcomed from students who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Black minority ethnic (BME) background
  • Female
  • 25 years old and older

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Closed for academic year 2020/21

Funding for Research Students

Lawrence Arthur Burgess Scholarship

In 1983 the University received a legacy gift from Mr L A Burgess (a former City Librarian) to support a PhD student to study History or Archaeology. Mr Burgess hoped that the funds would be used to further research in English local history and that preference might be given to research of an inter-disciplinary approach. As such, the Lawrence Arthur Burgess Scholarship offers funding of UK fees for the academic year 2022/23 and for up to 2 further years (or part time equivalent) subject to satisfactory progress being made. The scholarship alternatives being open to History and Archaeology students. For those starting in 2022/23, Archaeology applicants only may apply. The criteria are as follows:

  • PhD Archaeology applicant starting 2022/23 (full time or part time)
  • Your PhD research should be linked to the local area

If you believe you are eligible to apply for this funding, please discuss it with your proposed main supervisor, complete the following application form and return it to fah-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk by Sunday 6 March 2022. 

Download the application form

The Wolfson Foundation - Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

The Wolfson Foundation seeks to support excellence. Drawing on its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation has since 2011 supported a programme funding postgraduate scholarships in the humanities committing more than £20 million over this period. The initiative reflects the Foundation’s concerns about funding for the humanities and the impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies. The programme aims not only to support outstanding students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities to society. The Foundation is continuing its programme of postgraduate scholarships in the humanities for students commencing their studies in the 2022/23 academic year.

The University of Southampton is one of only nine Universities in the UK selected to award these scholarships based on our   Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Grade Point Average in the five most relevant Units of Assessment.

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships are available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation's interests: History, Literature and Languages. Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research. The intention is that Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field and to forge long academic careers. As such, funding will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

The three areas that the programme covers are broadly defined, and it is recognised that many research subjects will cover more than one area. Some guidance is provided below.

History – As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology.

Literature – As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory, theatre, film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). This does not include creative writing.

Languages – Research should be in applied languages other than English, rather than linguistics, It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, theatre or film (where these are not in English). Students receiving scholarships under this stream may be based within non-language departments (for example, history or anthropology departments).

The award covers: PhD fees for 3 years as well as a high level maintenance grant to cover research and training costs (including attendance of events organised by the Wolfson Foundation.) For 2022/23 starters this is £30,250 per year for 3 years. Fees to be deducted from this amount and the remainder to be paid as maintenance directly to the student quarterly.

The award covers: PhD fees for 3 years as well as a high level maintenance grant to cover research and training costs (including attendance of events organised by the Wolfson Foundation.)

Application: Submit the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship application form.

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is offering 47 studentships funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and institutional partners for entry in September 2022.

What is unique about the SWW DTP?

  • Fully paid tuition fees at UK home fee rates
  • Maintenance stipend for at least 3 years and 8 months
  • Co-supervision to double the expert support you receive directly as you undertake your research
  • Access to the institutional resources across our entire consortium, including libraries, research training programmes, and career development opportunities
  • Embedded research & employability placements during your PhD programme to enhance your research and/or employability skills

The consortium of ten supervising institutions includes:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Exeter
  • University or Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of the West of England, Bristol

At Southampton, the studentships cover  a broad range of subject areas including Art, Design, Archaeology, English (including Creative Writing), Film, History (including Jewish History and Culture), Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Two funding schemes are offered: Student-Led Project Awards, in which you propose your own research project, and Collaborative Doctoral Awards, for which you help shape a project proposed by experienced academics working with external partner organisations. Please the website  for details about both schemes.

SWW DTP aim to award at least 5 studentships to applicants from BAME backgrounds, and to make an additional 3 awards to disabled applicants.

The award covers: 

  • Tuition fees paid at the level of a UK home student
  • Full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021/22 for full-time) for three years eight months, subject to satisfactory progress. This applies to all students, whether home or international.
  • A comprehensive training programme specific to SWW DTP2 students that is in addition to training opportunities provided by the home institution.
  • Funding to support additional skills-acquisition and placements with non-HEIs that will enhance the student’s research and experience to enhance employability.

Application: Applications open on Monday 30 November 2021, apply through the SWWDTP website. Deadline for submission Monday 24 January 2022.

 

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) - South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Through an exciting collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth, the South Coast DTP aims to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.

The partnership provides comparable funding to the AHRC, but their remit is postgraduate study in the social sciences. Studentships may be available in the areas of applied linguistics or social history.

The award covers: Fees and a maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021/22 for full-time) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Application: Apply through the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership website. Deadline for submission Monday 24 January 2022.

University of Southampton Presidential Scholarships

The President’s PhD Scholarships offer outstanding research students from around the world the opportunity to undertake doctoral study in their chosen field under the guidance of a distinguished research supervisor at Southampton. Successful presidential scholars will receive the following academic scholarship for up to 3.5 years (pro rata for part time students):

  • Full funding for tuition fees (For UK, EU and International students)
  • A stipend of £15609 per annum for living costs (reviewed annually and aligned with the UKRI base rate)
  • A research training and support grant of £1000

This University scheme is open to all new PhD students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Visit the Doctoral College for more information.

Application: No formal application for the scholarship is required from the candidate. Faculties will make applications for Scholarships on behalf of suitably qualified candidates, to the Doctoral College for consideration by 25 February 2022.
Successful candidates will be notified by 18 March 2022.

The recipients of the scholarships must commence their doctoral studies by research between 1 August and 1 December 2022.

Leverhulme Trust Intelligent Oceans Scholarships

Eligibility: The Leverhulme Trust seeks exceptional researchers with a passion for interdisciplinary, ocean-based research, a strong academic record, team ethos and clear motivation for completing a PhD. Funding is predominantly targeted towards UK scholars but strong EU and OS candidates are also encouraged to apply. Previous recipients of these scholarships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been based in Archaeology, English, Art and Design.

For more information and information on how to apply please visitthe Intelligent Oceans Scholarship page.

China Scholarship Council Scholarships

Each year the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships to Chinese students who wish to study a degree programme outside China. The University of Southampton is recognised by the China Scholarship Council as a partner institute. The scholarship can be for PhD study across a variety of subject areas.

For further information on what is covered and eligibility please visitthe China Scholarship Council page.

Find out more about funding visit postgraduate programmes in Winchester School of Art.

 

Information about funding for postgraduate programmes in Winchester School of Art is available here.

 

External funding sources

Each of these external schemes has its own application process which is separate from the Humanities funding round. Application details will be detailed on the websites provided below.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities Masters Students

Loans of up to £10,609 are available for students applying to Humanities Masters programmes, subject to eligibility and conditions. For more information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities PhD Students

Loans of up to £25,000 are available for students applying to Humanities PhD programmes beginning on or after 1 August 2018, subject to eligibility and conditions. For more information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Santander funding

Through the University’s partnership with Santander Universities, scholarships of up to £5,000 may be available to students from Latin America, the EU and USA for any Masters programme.

Commonwealth Fellowship Funding

Commonwealth scholarships are available to students from Commonwealth countries to study a range of Masters and PhD programmes at any UK university.

Said Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships are offered to students from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, and are available for any one-year taught master's programme at the University of Southampton.

British Chevening Scholarships

These scholarships, funded by UK Government, are prestigious awards which enable students from over 160 countries worldwide to study a Masters programme at a UK university.

Additional sources of funding information

  • Prospects
  • British Federation of Women Graduates

 

What do I do if I am unsuccessful in obtaining funding?

If your application for funding is not successful, there are a couple of possible alternatives open to you. Firstly you could consider applying for a Career Development Loan to cover the costs of your study. This is a deferred repayment bank loan to help you pay for vocational learning or education. Visit GOV.UK to find out more.

Secondly, you could consider studying part-time instead of full-time (for those programmes which offer a part-time route). The reduction in coursework will allow you to work whilst studying to support yourself.

For further information please contact our Humanities postgraduate team by:

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8059 7433
Email: fah-pgr-apply@southampton.ac.uk

 

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