Major new funding for humanities scholars

One of the most generous scholarship schemes for the humanities has begun.

Three doctoral students at the University of Edinburgh are amongst the first in the UK, and the only ones in Scotland, to be awarded Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships.

Twenty-seven students across nine leading universities have each received a scholarship worth £75,000 over three years.

The Wolfson Foundation

The scholarships are funded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent grant-making charity with a long history of support for higher education and commitment to the humanities.

The awards reflect the Foundation’s concerns about funding in the area and the potential impact of increased undergraduate debt on postgraduate studies.

The scholarships are awarded in three disciplines within the University that align closely with the Foundation’s interests: history, literature and languages.

High quality research in the humanities is of critical importance to British society. The hope is that many of the students funded through this programme will become future academic leaders.

Paul RamsbottomChief executive of the Wolfson Foundation

Excellence in their field

They are awarded on merit to students aspiring to an academic career.

Further scholarships will be awarded to another set of students beginning their study at the University next year.

The ambition is that the scholarships will soon be regarded as a badge of excellence in their field.

I started my PhD in September looking at how different countries reported on the Vietnam War. The funding is allowing me to spend time in the archives and meet journalists who covered the war at the time. I would not have been able to do this without the support of the Wolfson Foundation, and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Graham BlackWolfson Scholar in history

Related Links

How to apply for a Wolfson Scholarship

Scholarships and Student Funding

The Wolfson Foundation

College of Humanities and Social Science