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 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 ( 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.

Student CashPoint: 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.

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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.

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.