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Funding for PhD students for September 2015 entry

The School's postgraduate community is one of the largest and most diverse and dynamic postgraduate communities in the UK, and is committed to supporting financially the best qualified applicants. Funding your studies will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better.

Each year the School awards approximately £800,000 in studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study. There are a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and Overseas students at PhD level.

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is committed to helping students find ways of meeting the financial commitments of postgraduate study. Please note that all of our postgraduate programmes are available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Funding is available from various sources:

Research Councils

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The University of Manchester is a member of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training College (DTC). The North West DTC receives the largest number of ESRC PhD studentships in England. UK and EU students intending to take a PhD degree (+3) or an MA followed by a PhD (1+3) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the ESRC. Applicants working within various pathways are eligible for awards. Successful applicants will benefit from joint training provision with the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool. The relevant pathways are:

- Middle Eastern Studies

- East Asian Studies

 -Latin American and Caribbean Studies

- Russian and East European Studies

All ESRC applications must be received by Joanne Marsh, Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, by 5pm Monday 2 February 2015. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Further information including the application form can be found here:

You must complete the ESRC application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh at the following address: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk  

You will be informed of the outcome of your ESRC application by 27 March 2015.

Please note that you are advised to submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 16 January 2015. This will ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on your chosen PhD programme in advance of the ESRC deadline of 5pm, Monday 2 February 2015.

Information on how to apply for the PhD programme

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Competition

AHRC Doctoral Studentships

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) brings together The University of Manchester, Keele University, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, and University of Salford.

The North West Consortium DTP is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for 2015-16 entry.

Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. 
  • Annual maintenance grant of £13,863 (2014/15 rate)

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures expects to have a number of studentships available for UK and EU students starting a PhD programme in September 2015, in the following pathways:

  • History
  • Religions and Theology (incl. Biblical studies; Buddhist studies; Christian theology and related studies; Hinduism; Islamic studies; Jewish studies; Religion in relation to society, culture or philosophy; South Asian studies in religion)
  • Creative Writing
  • Media and Communication (any student with a focus on film, media and communication can apply under this pathway; Subject Areas involved in this pathway include inter alia: English and American Studies; Drama; Modern Languages; Art History and Visual Studies; and History
  • Music
  • Dance, Drama and Performing Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Art History
  • Museum Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American Studies)
  • Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian
  • English
  • Translation Studies
  • Cultural Studies (incorporates many other disciplines, such as Italian Studies, English Studies, Modern Languages, Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies, Translation Studies, History, Art History, Classics, Linguistics, Drama, Music, Religions and Theology; projects must focus on the study of culture and cultural production)

Any student with a research project in the research areas of a pathway may apply, regardless of the PhD programme they will be registered on.

Successful students may be co-supervised across institutions or between Subject Areas within the University of Manchester.

Whilst we expect to make awards in the above areas, please note that all studentships are subject to confirmation by the AHRC.

Eligibility

Candidates must apply for a place on the programme on which they wish to study by 23 January 2015 in order to be eligible for funding from the NWCDTP. UK and EU students intending to take a research degree (PhD) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. AHRC awards are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students.

Due to AHRC funding rules overseas students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Application Process

Eligible applicants must complete and submit the NWCDTP funding application by 5pm, Friday 13February 2015. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition. The completed AHRC application form,together with your transcripts and references, must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, by the above deadline.

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 23 January 2015.

Please also note that candidates must apply to only one of our institutions for NWCDTP funding.

Deadline for PhD Programme Applications: 23 January 2015

Deadline for AHRC Funding Applications: 13 February 2015 - 5pm GMT

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13 April 2015 at the latest.

AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Studies

The details for this competition will be published here as soon as they are available.

John Rylands Research Institute Scholarships

The details for this competition will be published here as soon as they are available.

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition

The details for this competition will be published here as soon as they are available.

School awards for PhD students - This competition is now closed

The details for this competition will be published here as soon as they are available. 

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships

The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation have launched a new five-year grant programme designed to support the development of Japanese Studies in the UK. Applications are invited for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Programme.

The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only.  Award holders will be welcomed to reapply for this studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.

Eligibility

  • Any full-time PhD student (new admissions and current PhD students) whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan for which the University can provide adequate supervision may apply.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PhD programme by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Current students who have already accepted full scholarships for September 2015 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship are ineligible.

Scholarship Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students:

1. Deadline for PhD Programme Applications: 23 January 2015

2. Deadline for Sasakawa Studentship Applications: 13 February 2015 - 5pm GMT

 

Current Manchester PhD students only:

  1. By 13 February 2015 - 5pm GMT a complete Scholarship Form, including a CV and a research proposal, must be submitted to erica.baffelli@manchester.ac.uk.

Notification of Results

A list of nominees will be chosen by the Selection Committee and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which will decide all final awardees. Nominated candidates will be notified by the end of March 2015. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2015.

For a Sasakawa Funding application form and informal enquiries please contact Dr Erica Baffelli: erica.baffelli@manchester.ac.uk