Fully-Funded International Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline: 15 November 2017
Open to: UK/EU applicants and international applicants
Scholarship: fully funded


The University of St Andrews is awarding three fully-funded doctoral scholarships for outstanding students looking to commence their doctoral degree in September 2018. UK/EU applicants and international applicants are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

The scholarships are funded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education, and the arts and humanities. Since 2012 the Wolfson Foundation has committed some £13 million to support doctoral studies in the humanities at UK universities distinguished by their research excellence.

The University of St Andrews is one of the UK’s top universities and is one of Europe’s most research intensive seats of learning.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

Geographical criteria: No restrictions;
Domicile for fee status: No restrictions;
Level of study: Postgraduate research (doctoral);
Year of entry;2018-19 academic years; applicants must be able to start their degree in September 2018.*


  • Scholarships are available in three disciplines that align with the Wolfson Foundation’s interests – history, literature, and languages. It is expected that one studentship will be awarded in each of these three areas. The three areas that the scheme covers are broadly defined and it is recognised that many research projects may cover more than one area.


  • 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;
  • Research funded in this area has included work on socio-political change in East Africa; society and ideology in the Milanese region, c. 1000-1200; and laughter in the 18th century.


  • As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory or film and other visual media, provided there are literary elements within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). This does not include creative writing;
  • Research funded in this area has included work on the ocean in mid-19th Century American verse; narratives of needlework in early-modern England; Samuel Johnson and religious thought of the 18th Century; and the evolution of parasitology and how it has shaped the dialogue between science and literature.


  • Research should be in applied languages other than English rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts where these are in languages other than English. Students receiving scholarships under this stream may be based on non-languages departments – for example, history or anthropology departments;
  • Research funded in this area ranges widely and often overlaps with the other two disciplines. Research funded in this area has included work on ‘Engishiki Norito’ in the context of the Old Japanese literary continuum; the influence of Francophone culture in Southern Italy; and the evolution of languages and identities in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav Croatian cinema.


Each scholarship is worth GBP 84,000 to be paid in equal amounts over three years (full-time registration) or six years (part time registration). The scholarships are sufficient to cover annual registration fees with the balance payable to the scholarship holders as a maintenance component to support living costs and other expenses associated with their research such as travel to libraries, galleries, archives or attendance at academic conferences.

The scholarships are open to both UK/EU applicants and international applicants and are of sufficient size to cover the higher fees payable by international students. However, where the higher international fees are payable the balance remaining for the maintenance component will be reduced by the corresponding amount.

How to Apply?

In order to apply fill the application form.

Apply for a research course at St Andrew’s, following the general advice on applying for research degree programmes.

Apply to the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship, available for application in the Scholarships and Funding catalogue. After you have applied to your intended course, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the catalogue. If you are already a current student at St Andrew’s, you can access Scholarships and Fund through MySaint.

As part of the scholarship application, you will be asked to provide:

  • Personal statement: Explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, outlining your career aspirations, and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your career aspirations (no more than two pages).
  • Project Outline: A one paragraph outline and title for the proposed research project.

For more information please visit the official website.

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