The Institute of English Studies (IES) at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) will award a funded studentship for one place on its MA/MRes History of the Book programme 2024/25. The award covers fees in full at the Home/EU rate. The studentship is funded by Maggs Bros. Ltd., one of the world’s largest and oldest antiquarian booksellers. 

The Maggs Scholarship seeks especially to support an excellent student who wishes to study on the MA in the History of the Book, but whose circumstances might make it difficult to access the programme. Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the United Kingdom with an ethnic minority background. Scholarship recipients will also be invited for an internship at Maggs Bros. Ltd. as part of the internship scheme pre-existing for the History of the Book programme. 


The Maggs Scholarship

Award Criteria

Applicants for the Maggs Scholarship must: 

  1. have been interviewed by two members of academic staff at the Institute and have received an offer of registration for the MA/MRes History of the Book for the relevant upcoming academic session;  
  2. demonstrate excellent academic merit or potential in the field of study, evidenced particularly by past achievements; and 
  3. normally be in a position where undertaking the MA/MRes History of the Book would be difficult due to financial/personal circumstances. 

If studying part-time, fees will be waived for both years of the programme.

Overseas candidates may apply, but are not eligible for the funding of the full overseas tuition fee. The equivalent of one Home/EU student fee would be deducted from the total cost of tuition fees for an overseas recipient of the award. For the 2023/24 session the total tuition fee was £9,907 (2024/25 fees will be updated soon). 

Key Dates

The Maggs Scholarship will be awarded In 2024/25, to a student intending to commence studies in the September intake of the MA/MRes History of the Book. Relevant dates for the 2024/25 award are as follows: 

  • Deadline for registration on MA programme (for those wishing to apply for the studentship): 30 June 2024 
  • Deadline for studentship applications: 30 June 2024 
  • Notification of outcome to all applicants: 18 July 2024 
  • MA programme commences: Late September 2024 

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application for admission to the programme is submitted in time to also be able to meet the scholarship application deadline.  

Each scholarship is offered for a particular academic session and cannot be carried over to a later intake or a future year. 

Scope of the Award

The Maggs Scholarship covers the ‘whole fee’ for the programme, comprising two Core Module fees, four Elective Module fees, and the Dissertation module fee. For the 2023/24 year, this was equivalent to fees of £7,523 over the lifetime of the award (2024/25 fees will be updated shortly). There are no maintenance fees attached to the award. 

The studentship does not cover any other costs not directly payable to the University (such as the purchase of additional materials or electronic equipment), resubmission fees, and payment of further elective modules if the student decides to transfer, or any other fees not covered above. Applicants must ensure they can cover such costs from other financial sources. 

To Apply

  1. Submit application to IES through SAS application system (
  2. After submitting application to IES, you will be interviewed by the programme leader and one other member of IES academic staff.
  3. You will be notified by Registry Services if your application has been successful. Upon receipt of this notification, you may then apply for the studentship.
  4. Download and complete the Maggs Scholarship Application Form and email to
  5. You will be notified by 18 July 2024 as to whether your application has been successful or not.

Should you have any questions about the award, the application process, or the MA/MRes programme, please contact 

SAS Funding

For information on other funding opportunities, including the SAS Master's Studentships, please visit the Master's Funding page. 

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