Master's Awards in Humanities and Social Science

This scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science Master's courses in any area of health.

This is the final round of Master's Awards. Find out why we're making this change to our Master's funding.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postgraduate training

Level of funding:

Studentship stipend and fees covered

Duration of funding:

1 year

Who can apply

You can apply for a Master’s Award if you want to develop humanities or social science research skills and train in any area of health. You must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country.

You should usually have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. You can apply for a Master’s Award before you graduate, but you must have obtained your degree before taking up the award.

Who can't apply

You can’t apply if you've:

  • received support for your postgraduate studies from another funding body
  • begun a Master’s course.

If you’ve already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.

Other schemes

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Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.
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A Master’s Award is for one year. Support includes:

  • You'll get a stipend based on our studentship stipend scale:

    • £15,000 if you're based outside London
    • £17,000 if you're based in London
  • We usually provide funds at the level charged to UK/EU students, rather than the overseas student rate (with the exception of applicants who are from low- and middle-income countries).

What we don’t offer

We don't provide funds for directly allocated or indirect costs unless they're included on this page.

Stages of application

  1. Contact a university department

    Register your interest with a university in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country that has a suitable Master’s programme.

  2. University nominates one candidate to the Trust

    Each university can put forward one candidate for a Master’s Award. The candidate's name and email address should be sent to grantenquiries@wellcome.ac.uk.

    We'll then invite you to submit a full application.

    View a sample full application form for Master's Awards in Humanities and Social Science [PDF 831KB].

  3. Decision

    We’ll tell you our decision by the end of June.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

Dates

This is the final round of Master’s Awards.

2018 round

  • University nomination deadline

    23 March 2018

  • Application deadline

    2 May 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018

Definitions

Postgraduate training

For people who have, or are about to finish, an undergraduate degree and want to go on to do a Master's or PhD.

Develop your research career

See our other postgraduate training schemes.

Key dates

This is the final round of Master’s Awards.

2018 round

  • University nomination deadline

    23 March 2018

  • Application deadline

    2 May 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the relevant university department.

Contact our information officers if you need help with our online grants system (Grant Tracker).