Master's Plus Doctoral Scholarships

Thanks to the funding of the Leverhulme Trust, Knowledge Orders can offer during the lifetime of the programme up to three scholarships covering the costs of both an MA and a doctoral position within KOM.

The intention of these scholarships is to promote inclusion and so, following the Leverhulme’s rules, students wishing to pursue the Master’s plus doctoral scholarship route need to fulfil certain criteria.


The candidate must be:

  1. Be a UK domiciled student
  2. Not already have a master’s degree from the host institution
  3. Be from a low-income household background evidenced by, for example, being in receipt of a full maintenance loan or Special Support loan during their undergraduate studies.


  1. Be one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Black African
    • Black Caribbean
    • Black Other
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other mixed background (including Black African, Black Caribbean and Black Other)

What the Scholarship offers

The Leverhulme lists the provisions of this scholarship as follows:

Each scholarship provides up to £130,000 for up to 54 months of full-time study. This covers:

Research master’s degree (12 months of full-time study):

  • maintenance (at UKRI base level)
  • tuition fees (at the university’s usual UK fee rate, up to a maximum of £12,000)

Doctoral Degree (up to 42 months of full-time study):

  • maintenance (at UKRI base levels)
  • tuition fees (at UKRI base levels)
  • £10,000 to be used to support the individual student’s research and training needs, these funds can be used at any stage of the Master’s plus programme.

How to apply

To apply for one of these Master’s plus doctoral scholarships, begin by applying to either the MA in Medieval Studies at King’s College London or the MEMS MA at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, stating your interest in this scholarship and how you meet its criteria.

In addition, you will need to complete an application for the funding itself via the relevant institution. The form for King’s is available here and that for Kent is here.

If successful, during your MA year, you will discuss what project to pursue to receive the follow-on Leverhulme doctoral funding.

The deadline for applications to an MA in order to be considered for this funding is 12pm, 12th July 2024.

Informal enquiries are not just welcomed but encouraged. Please contact us or drop a line to one of our team.