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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Durham University is among a small number of top UK universities to be awarded Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities from 2018.

The prestigious award will allow Durham to support three doctoral scholarships in its Faculty of Arts and Humanities for the following three years.

Durham University was selected by the Wolfson Foundation following rigorous assessment of the quality of its research. Durham consistently features among the UK’s top universities for Arts and Humanities and attracts some of the very best students in these fields from across the country.

The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will allow Durham to remain competitive and to continue to attract and support some of the country's and the world’s finest talent.

Professor Peter Heslin, Deputy Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University, said: “The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University is delighted to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities.

“These prestigious awards enable the doctoral studies in the UK of outstanding postgraduate researchers from around the globe in the fields of history, literature and languages. Wolfson scholars will be the leaders of the future in their respective disciplines, and we are pleased that the Wolfson Foundation has recognised that Durham can provide them with a research and training environment in the Humanities which is among the best in the world.”

The Wolfson Foundation, which has a long history of support to higher education, launched the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities in 2012 in response to concerns about funding for the humanities and the impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “Our aim is not only to support some of the most exciting students, but also to make a statement about the value of the Humanities.

“We believe that high quality academic research in this field is of critical importance to British society. The scholarships have been deliberately designed as the most generous available. They also include a substantial travel allowance to recognise that research is invariably framed in a global context, and a series of events to forge a network of Wolfson Scholars.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce the renewal of this programme, and we hope that it will continue to attract further funding to the sector.”