School and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Scheme Fee Waivers for September 2022 / January 2023 entry


The School of Arts and Humanities encourages applications for our MA and PhD research degrees, including from applicants proposing practice-led research (see guidance here). The School has approximately 300 research students, forming a vibrant research community, and PGR students have specialist facilities and study spaces.

There are two forms of fee waiver available in the current cycle. We also have some additional, topic-specific Masters opportunities. Click the tabs below to explore the options.

Students receiving a full or partial fee waiver will be expected to:

Undertake your research degree on a full-time or part-time basis. If you study full-time, you will need to dedicate 35 hours per week to your degree and must not also be working full-time. If you study part-time, you should expect to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the degree.

Contribute 80 hours per year (pro rata for those on partial fee waivers) of activities to support areas such as teaching, research, recruitment activity, or administration. Students wishing to teach will need first to complete the University of Huddersfield Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP), as per the teaching policy. No payment will be made for designated fee-waiver tasks.

Live a commutable distance from campus and be on campus regularly in order to be an active member of the School’s research community. Candidates expecting to register and study remotely, from a non-commutable distance, are not eligible; those who receive a waiver and subsequently choose to work at a distance will need to pay for the remainder of their fees at the standard rate.

Regularly attend and participate in research seminars, training, conferences, and events within the School as appropriate.

You are encouraged to design a MA / PhD project that can be completed in standard time; any fee waiver discount applies only to standard time. You would pay for any period of additional or writing-up time at the end of your research degree at the relevant rate, if you choose to take this in addition to your standard time.

Guidance on application and research proposal

All applicants apply using the standard online application form.

There is no template for a research proposal, but the following areas are recommended as a guide, and you may find this guidance helpful:

  • Title
  • Central research question
  • Brief statement of alignment with a research theme from a relevant research centre
  • Summary of project
  • Brief literature review of the existing research in this area
  • Methodology
  • If your proposal is for practice-based research (e.g. performance, installation, composition, creative practices in art, fashion, or architecture, creative writing), please also include a portfolio showcasing your practice to accompany the written proposal. If you would like guidance on what or how to submit this work, please email for advice.
  • Reference List (any standard system is appropriate)
  • The name of a potential main supervisor if you have one in mind, subject to their suitability and availability to supervise your project (not essential)

Your application includes the names of two academic referees who will be asked to provide references in support of your application.


What happens after I submit my online application?

Your application will be considered by the postgraduate coordinator for your subject, who will check if there is a suitable supervisory team in place. All potential candidates for PGR degrees will be interviewed by staff from the subject team. The subject team will rank successful candidates against the scheme’s criteria, in order to shortlist for a fee waiver interview.

The fee-waiver interview will be held with a small panel of staff from the School of Arts & Humanities. You will be asked to email a copy of your most up-to-date research proposal for the panel to read; although this should not be materially different to one for which you are holding an offer of a place, it is fine for you to make minor adjustments to its content or format. We will provide you with a list of standard questions from which the panel will select a small number.

If you are successful at interview, you will be notified by the School via email, and the University will issue you with an offer letter detailing the level of award. There may be further conditions to meet, for example if you are still awaiting results from an undergraduate or MA qualification or if we need confirmation of your language qualifications.


Closing dates for research degree applications seeking a fee waiver

Applications may be submitted at any time, but in order to be considered for funding opportunities they must be submitted by the deadlines below. The three rounds of applications are designed to provide candidates with a timely response to funding in relation to their relevant expected start date. There are no waivers associated with start dates other than September/October and January.

Application deadline

Research degree start date

10 March 2022 (Round 1)

September/October 2022

10 June 2022 (Round 2)

September/October 2022

21 October 2022 (Round 3)

January 2023