The Western Front Association PhD Scholarship Programme

Student and tutor information and application form for 2018 Overview

Applications open on Friday 26 February and close on Monday 12 November 2018.

All candidates will be informed by Monday 3 December 2018

The Western Front Association (WFA) was established in 1980 to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries during the Great War. As part of its commitment to this end, the WFA seeks to financially support postgraduate research students who are undertaking MPhils or PhDs into the study of the conflict.

The WFA’s PhD Scholarship Programme makes a series of awards from £400 to £1,000 each year.

Eligible applicant

Is a registered student on a recognised PhD/MPhil programme, either full or part-time at any university in Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland.

Should be in their second year or above when they receive the award.

Research subject focuses on a social, political, economic, medical or military aspect of the Great War.

Can be studying in any discipline (e.g. geography, archaeology).

Is a current member of the WFA and their membership number MUST provided on the application form.

Assessment criteria

Applications are based on the strength of the case put forward in the application form.

The key criteria are that:

The PhD/MPhil is methodologically sound, academically rigorous and achievable.

The PhD/MPhil makes a new and definite contribution to the historiography of the Great War.

The candidate has a history of active engagement in the discovery, promotion and dissemination of military history (for instance, being active in a WFA branch, battlefield guide, etc.).

The candidate can demonstrate an active commitment to the aims and objectives of the WFA.

Deadlines, process and notification

The deadline for applications for the 2018 – applications open on 26th February and close on 12 November 2018. All candidates will be informed on 3  December 2018.

Application procedure

All applications and references are to be received for the 2018 by 21 September 2018.

Applications are submitted on the attached downloadable form.

Applications must be backed by an academic reference, usually from your PhD.

Supervisor which is sent separately to by the deadline.

These references will be treated as confidential but are a vital element of the application process.


The application is submitted by the student undertaking the PhD.

The awardees need to complete their studies unless exceptional and mitigating circumstances are presented to the WFA with supporting evidence.

The successful awardees’ submit:

An outline of their research to in a Stand To, Trench lines or the WFA website.

A summary of their findings on being awarded their PhD/MPhil for Stand To or other WFA publications or website(s).

The awardees acknowledge the WFA support in their CV and final PhD submission.

The grant is unrestricted and can be spent on subsistence, training, conferences or fees. Receipts are not required.

Further information

Contact Dr Phylomena Badsey, Universities Officer

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