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Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History

The Department of History is in the position to offer this studentship due to the generous legacy donation of Ralph Whitell Waggett to the Durham University. History shares this studentship with the Law School and can therefore offer it every other year. 

Ralph Waggett intended this studentship in support of aspiring scholars from the North-East/North-Yorkshire, who are under-represented in our student body. Additionally, the Department of History recognises that students with a BAME background are under-represented at Durham. Thus, we particularly encourage those students who identify as BAME and come from those regions to apply for this studentship.

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To be eligible for this studentship you must:

  • Be resident in the North or North East of England (defined as County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Teesside) at the point of submitting your academic application through UCAS
  • Meet the entry criteria for the MA in History

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • Academic trajectory with a good 2:1 undergraduate degree or higher
  • Evidence of research potential, which might include a well-developed proposal for the MA dissertation and/or relevant experience outside of academia

We particularly encourage applications from people who self-identify as belonging to a Black or Asian ethnic group, as of mixed heritage, or otherwise as of a BAME background.   


The Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History is available thanks to a generous donation from our alumni community. The Studentship is available for one year full-time or two years part-time and offers a studentship award of £4,000 (split over two years if studying the MA part-time). In addition, the Department may be able to contribute towards dissertation research funding.  

How to apply

  1. Apply for the programme

    Complete Durham University's online application form

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  2. Let us know

    When the form asks you how you intend to fund your studies, state that you wish to be considered for the Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History 

  3. If you have already submitted an application

    If you have already submitted an application, please contact the History Department and inform us that you wish to be considered for Ralph Waggett Studentship funding

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