Sources of Postgraduate funding
If you are considering a postgraduate course, masters or doctorate finding adequate funding for fees, research expenses and living can be a major headache. The following information is intended to give you a few starting points and ideas.
The University - The university at which you will study, which may or may not be your present one, may be able to offer a number of sources of funding.
Research Studentships - these will cover fees and research expenses and some living expenses. Ask at your current university, and look regularly at the educational supplements of, among others, The Times and the Guardian. There is also a useful website at http://jobs.ac.uk/ and the AAH Student Newsletter, which student members receive monthly by email, often carries details of these.
Charities - See The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding with Grants from Charity (http://www.gradfunding.co.uk/) for comprehensive details on how and where to apply for charity funding for all or part of your studies.
Bursaries - these will cover fees and some research expenses, usually for part-time courses. Ask at your current university or any you might be interested in.
Part-time teaching can sometimes be obtained for a few hours per week. Ask about prospects at the university of your choice.
Part-time administrative jobs - these are poorly paid compared with teaching, but every little helps, so it’s worth asking.
Postgraduate award-making bodies. The British Academy is the award-making body for art history in England and Wales. The Department of Education and Employment is the award-making body for museum studies, archive administration, and art and design in England and Wales. The Scottish Office is the award-making body for Scotland. Awards for art history are hard to come by, but do try. You must apply through the University.
- Local Education Authorities (LEA). There are no mandatory LEA grants for postgraduate studies except for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. LEAs are also not allowed to offer discretionary grants.
- Charitable Trusts. The LEA may, however, be acting as administrator for educational trusts. These are funds based on charitable donations made from wills and are usually restricted to residents of a particular area. Other Authorities which are not LEAs, eg borough, town or even parish councils, may administer or have information about local charitable trusts which will make donations for educational purposes. Universities, schools or local churches may also administer charitable trusts. These are rarely advertised but can be very useful sources of supplementary funding. Ask around in your town or village.
- Other charitable sources. There are also national organisations such as the British Federation of Graduate Women, which will provide funding for special groups. US students wishing to come to Britain can apply for a range of scholarships, Rhodes, Fullbright, Marshall and Rotary.
- An employer. Employers or potential employers may offer support for post-graduate work, particularly part-time, if it has relevance to the job. If you already have an art history related job or have an employer in mind, ask.
- The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) is part of the Family Welfare Association, and was established to offer students, particularly disadvantaged students, expert guidance to secure funding. However its literature says 'EGAS finds it extremely difficult to help certain groups of students: .... postgraduate students .... '.
- Part-time teaching. Apart from the university it may be possible to get part-time teaching elsewhere, eg another university in the vicinity, an art school, the Open University, an LEA Adult Education Department, the Workers Educational Association, the University of the Third Age. Your LEA can again be a useful starting point.
- Career Development Loans. Finally, if all else fails, you can borrow between £300 and £8000 to pay for 80% of course fees (100% if you are unemployed), plus books and other expenses including travel and child care, for a vocational course lasting no more than two years. For a part-time course you can work up to 30hrs/week while receiving a loan. You may be able to borrow also for living costs for a full-time course. Repayments start as soon as the course is over, or when you leave it. You apply through your local TEC.
Student CashPoint: http://www.studentcashpoint.co.uk/. The website is an easy-to-use, online search portal that lists every single grant, bursary, scholarship and award currently available to 16-25+ year olds, no matter what level they may currently be studying towards. Such support is available to cover anything from course fees and accommodation costs, to transport and book costs.
Below is a list of possible funding opportunities; this list is not exhaustive however, and students are recommended to check with their departments for further sources. Many more bursaries and scholarships are available to applicants who meet certain criteria - if they have attended school in a certain area or come from a particular religious background, for example. To find out more about these types of funding, contact Learndirect who use a computer program called ‘Funderfinder’ to match you to suitable funding organisations.
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Wingate Foundation
- Paul Mellon Centre
- The Leverhulme Trust
- Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
- Historians of British Art (Travel award)
- British Federation of Women Graduates
- BFWG Charitable Foundation
- The Society for Promoting the Training of Women (interest-free loans)
tel: 01778 560978
- The Sidney Perry Foundation
- Women’s Career Foundation
- The Golden Jubilee Fellowship (women only)
0161 480 7686
- Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
- Romney Society Bursary
This information has been compiled by the AAH Student Members Group. The information is intended to provide a few useful starting points, it is not a comprehensive directory.