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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Postgraduate research funding

The School receives money from a range of sources to help you fund your programme.

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 programme will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate research degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better.

Each year the School awards over £1,000,000 in studentships and bursaries for doctoral study. There are a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and International students at PhD level.

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition

The University of Manchester is proud to announce the continuation of the President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards. These prestigious awards are open to all new students of all nationalities and research areas.

Benefits to be enjoyed by PDS award-holders will include opportunities to:

  • be invited to attend a series of exclusive events where you will have the opportunity to meet the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS students.
  • become a PDS ambassador for the University
  • benefit from our extensive transferable skills training programmes for research students.
  • receive a President’s Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation

For further information, please see the links below:

All PDS applications must be received by the School by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017.

You must complete the PDS Application Form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following address: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

Please note, in order to apply for the PDS competition, you must submit an application for AHRC or ESRC funding, if eligible, by the stated deadlines.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The University of Manchester is a member of the ESRC's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The NWSSDTP has one of the largest studentship allocations in the UK. 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. To apply for the 1+3 programme, please visit the MA fees and funding page.

Applicants working within various pathways are eligible for awards. Successful applicants will benefit from joint training provision with the Universities of Keele, Lancaster and Liverpool. The relevant pathways are:

All ESRC applications must be received by Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, by 5pm GMT, Friday 3 February 2017. 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 the end of March 2017.

Please note that you must submit your complete online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday, 20 January 2017. This is to ensure you are in receipt of an offer of a place by the time the NWSSDTP committee make their selection. If you do not have an offer in place by the time the NWSSDTP committee meet, you will not be included in the competition.

Due to ESRC funding rules International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

For further information on the areas applicable to the ESRC competition, please visit:

Development and Humanitarianism Pathway

Economic and Social History Pathway

Language Based Area Studies Pathway

Linguistics Pathway

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, the University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Salford.

The North West Consortium DTP is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for 2017-18.

Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will provide:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate
  • An annual maintenance stipend of £14,296 (2016-17 rate)

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

  • History
  • Religions and Theology (including 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)
  • Language Based Area Studies: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian
  • English
  • Translation Studies
  • Cultural Studies (incorporates many other disciplines, such as 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.

In addition to studentships for doctoral study (+3 scheme), we also welcome applications from students wishing to undertake an eligible Master’s programme in preparation for progression onto a doctoral programme (1+3 scheme). Please consult the NWCDTP guidance on which MA programmes are eligible.

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 Friday 20 January 2017, in order to be eligible for funding from the AHRC NWCDTP. UK and EU students intending to take a research degree (PhD) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the AHRC NWCDTP. The 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 International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Application process

Eligible applicants must complete and submit the AHRC NWCDTP Application Form by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition. The completed AHRC NWCDTP application form, together with your transcripts and references, must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following address: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017

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

Deadline for PhD Programme Applications: Friday 20 January 2017

Deadline for AHRC NWCDTP Funding Applications: 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13 April 2017 at the latest.

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

The University of Manchester is a member of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Cultures (CEELBAS CDT). The Centre is led by University College London (UCL) and, alongside Manchester, also includes Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

The CEELBAS CDT is currently able to award AHRC Doctoral Studentships to candidates who have been offered a place on a relevant PhD programme at Manchester. Applications from candidates who have been offered a place to start a doctoral programme in September 2017 are now welcomed.

The deadline for AHRC Doctoral Studentship applications, to be offered by the CEELBAS CDT, is 4pm, Tuesday 21 February 2017. This is the deadline by which the application form must be submitted to the CEELBAS Administrator at the following address:

Please note that to be eligible to apply for a CEELBAS AHRC Doctoral Studentship you must have applied for a place on the PhD programme in either Russian Studies or Polish Studies at the University of Manchester. The deadline for the PhD Programme applications is Friday 27 January 2017 (for an offer of a place on a PhD programme at The University of Manchester).

Applicants with projects on cultures, histories and societies of other East European countries are also eligible for funding and should apply to the PhD in Russian Studies. For further details about Russian and East European Studies at Manchester, please see our Russian Studies postgraduate research page.

To apply for a place on a PhD programme, please go to How to apply.

Please note that in order to apply for a CEELBAS AHRC Doctoral Studentship you need to complete the CEELBAS AHRC Application Form:

Value and duration of the studentship

The Studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research Council rate. The Studentship will be normally offered for a period of three years (five years part-time).

Eligibility

In line with UK Research Council regulations, to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend), you must have:

  • settled status in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay;
  • been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the date of application for an award. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences); or
  • not been residing in the UK during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK and EU nationals.

To be eligible for a fees only award, you:

  • must be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

For inquiries about the academic side of your application, please contact Professor Vera Tolz (vera.tolz@manchester.ac.uk).

School awards for PhD students

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates planning to conduct creative and original research for 2017-18 entry. Successful candidates will have access to world-class methods training and a comprehensive programme of Researcher Development to support them in becoming intellectual leaders within academia and beyond. 

The School will offer a number of PhD Studentships. These awards cover Home/EU/International tuition fees and provide a maintenance stipend equivalent to that of the RCUK studentships. They are open to all new students of all nationalities and research areas within the School. Please note that current PhD students are not eligible to apply for this funding.

PhD Studentship applications must be received by the School by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017.

To apply for the School PhD Studentships, you must complete the School Funding Application Form and submit this to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following address: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

The references and transcripts you submit for your programme application will also be used for the School Funding application.

Applicants for the Studentships are expected to hold or achieve a Masters-level qualification, which we would expect to be at distinction level, or equivalent, and a first class Honours degree (or non-UK equivalent).

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) PhD studentships

The Faculty of Humanities is offering three full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing a PhD programme in September 2017. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £14,300 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000 per year research training support grant (RTSG). For further information about this scheme, including eligible research areas, please visit our PhD funding opportunities page.

Applications must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, by Thursday 13 April 2017, at the following address phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

The outcome of this competition will be announced at the end of May 2017.

For general guidance, please contact: phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

Research impact PhD scholarships 2017

Two PhD scholarships are available in the Faculty of Humanities for recent graduates of The University of Manchester commencing a PhD programme in 2017-18.

Apply

Further information on the application process will be provided shortly.

China Scholarship Council – Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study 2017-18

The China Scholarship Council will be offering three PhD tuition fee waivers within the Faculty of Humanities, comprising programmes in:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School
  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • School of Environment, Education and Development
  • School of Law
  • School of Social Sciences

For successful applicants, The University of Manchester will cover their full tuition fees for the period of the relevant programme as outlined in the offer letter (usually three years). CSC will provide living allowances as prescribed from time to time by the Chinese Government, and will cover the round-trip international airfare for students from China to the United Kingdom, visa and passport application fees.

Subject specific bursaries

Classics and Ancient History

The Lees Scholarship

Classics and Ancient History at Manchester intends to award the Lees Scholarship, for PhD research in the field of Latin (including, literary, historical, philosophical and linguistic topics); this award covers Home/EU tuition fees for up to three years.

Amount of funding available:

  • The PhD bursary funds the equivalent of three years of home/EU fees (full time) or six years of home/EU fees (part time) but is not restricted to home/EU students.

Application Process

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017.

There is no separate application form for this scholarship. Please submit the School Funding application form and you will automatically be considered for the Lees Scholarship.

The form should be returned to the Graduate School Office (Phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk) by 5pm Friday 10 February 2017.

English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing

The Shakespeare Scholarship

The Shakespeare Scholarship was established by a donation to Owens College (the forerunner of The University of Manchester) in 1864 to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The Division of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing is offering a Full Home/EU fee-waiver bursary to a new PhD student in any area of British Early Modern Studies, to be held for three years from September 2017. The holder will also be eligible to apply for up to £500 per annum for the duration of the award for conference travel and research expenses.

Eligibility

Applications should hold, or be about to complete, an MA or equivalent degree in an area relevant to the proposed doctoral research. Applicants should also hold a BA Honours degree in English literature or another relevant field with at least a 2:1 classification. 

How to apply

Applicants will need in the first instance a confirmed place on the PhD programme. To be considered for the bursary, please apply for a PhD place:

In order to be considered for the bursary, you must apply for a place on the PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017. You should then apply for funding under the terms of the AHRC NWDTC partnership; the deadline is 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

All applicants for AHRC funding will then be automatically considered for the bursary. (NB: The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with AHRC funding.)

Conditions of award

The Bursary holder will have home tuition fees waived for the duration of the three years of the PhD programme. Holders will be asked to contribute a set number of hours of work within the Division, in the form of teaching on the same terms as a Teaching Assistant (TA), or as research a assistant, or a mixture of both. This will consist of up to 22 hours per year (or 66 hours over the whole programme). PhD candidates will only teach in the second and third years of the programme; research assistance may be asked for at any time, in negotiation with the bursary holder and his/her supervisor.

Enquiries

Contact the Head of Division, Dr Peter Knight Peter.Knight@manchester.ac.uk.

French Studies

PhD Studentship in French Studies (Second Language Acquisition

One full Research Council equivalent studentship in the area of Second Language Acquisition (French) is available from September 2017.

In addition to applications for PhD study (+3), we also welcome applications from students wishing to undertake the MA Linguistics programme in preparation for progression onto a PhD programme (1+3 scheme).

Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate
  • Annual maintenance stipend of £14,296 (2016/17 rate)

Application process

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD/MA programme by Friday 20 January 2017.

There is no separate application form for this studentship. To apply for a +3 studentship, Please submit the form for the Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) competition (if eligible) and additionally the application form for School Funding and indicate that you are also interested in the subject-specific funding. The deadline for both the PDS Awards and School Funding is 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

The forms should be returned to Mrs Joanne Marsh, the Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following address phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk.

Full details on how to apply for School and/or PDS funding can be found here:

To apply for a 1+3 studentship, please submit a research proposal (1,500 words) to Mrs Joanne Marsh, the Graduate School Senior Research Administrator, at the following address phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

Global Health, Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid

PhD Opportunities in Global Health, Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid

Available from September 2017 for a period of 3 years.

The award comprises £15,000 per annum: For Home/EU students this will cover the payment of Home/EU tuition fees. For international students, the equivalent Home/EU tuition fees will be provided and the student will be responsible for covering the rest of the tuition fees. They will also be required to meet the UK Visa requirements before the start of the programme in September 2017. The remainder of the award is conditional on the delivery of teaching responsibilities in the field of humanitarianism and global health education. Please see the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) website for details of current fee levels.

Applications must be received by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017. All application materials, including references, must be received by this date.

Research Areas

This structured PhD is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous, in-depth research and analysis on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises. It is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers (inc. World Health Organisation, Foreign Office), to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field of humanitarianism and global health.

We welcome applications from students wishing to study in the interdisciplinary research areas of global health, humanitarian aid and disaster response in particular. Along with other supporting documents, applications should include a 1500 word research proposal detailing the research they plan to conduct in reference to the project area. A minimum of two academic or research relevant letters of reference must also be received by the deadline. For details on how to write a PhD proposal please visit the following link:

We strongly advise applicants to develop a research proposal in conjunction with a potential HCRI supervisor before submission of the application.

How to apply

There is no separate application form for this studentship.  Please submit the application form for the School funding competition and indicate that you are interested in the HCRI studentships.

The form should be returned to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, at the following addresss phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk as well as to the PGR Director for HCRI, Dr Jessica Hawkins (jessica.hawkins@manchester.ac.uk) by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

Applicants should hold or be expecting a Distinction in a related Master’s degree and hold a First Class undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Jessica Hawkins at jessica.hawkins@manchester.ac.uk, HCRI’s PGR Director.

Japanese Studies

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 Studentships.

The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only.

Award holders are welcome to reapply for the studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.

Eligibility

  • Any full-time PhD student (offer holders 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 2017 entry, or are already in receipt of a full scholarship, are ineligible.

Please contact Dr Baffelli to receive a Scholarship Application Form at the following address:

Applicants must submit the online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme in the School by Friday 20 January 2017. All supporting documentation, including references, must be submitted by that date.

Please submit the completed Sasakawa Funding Application Form by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm GMT will not be included in the competition.

The completed Funding Application Form, including a CV and a research proposal, should be submitted to Dr Erica Baffelli.

Notification of results

A list of nominees will be selected by the Selection Committee and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which will decide all finalist awardees.

Nominated candidates will be notified by the end of March 2017.

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2017.

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their preferred PhD supervisor before applying, to discuss their application.

Music

The Department of Music is offering the following for students starting a programme in September 2017.  

Victor Sayer Bursary

  • Victor Sayer – 1 Home Fee Bursary 

Consistently ranked in the top-three Music Departments in the UK, the Music Department at Manchester offers an outstanding research environment for postgraduate students. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed our world-class expertise in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Composition and Electroacoustic Composition; our association with numerous professional ensembles provides unrivalled opportunities for composers to have their music performed; our state-of the-art studios provide world-class resources for electroacoustic composers; and our Thursday series of guest research seminars allow students to engage with cutting-edge research in Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

The PhD bursary comes with the opportunity to teach or assist in research-related activities. The award is usually for three years full-time or six years part-time (subject to satisfactory progress). 

The bursary is open to both Home/EU and International students. 

Application process

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 20 January 2017.

There is no separate application form for the Music bursary.  Please submit the form for the Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) competition and additionally the application form for School Funding and indicate that you are also interested in the subject-specific funding.

The forms should be returned to Mrs Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, at the following address phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk as well as to the PGR Director for Music, Professor David Berezan (david.berezan@manchester.ac.uk) by 5pm GMT, Friday 10 February 2017.

Full details on how to apply for School and/or PDS funding can be found on our postgraduate research funding page.

Eligibility- general

  • In order to be nominated for the bursary, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a Music PhD programme. 

Eligibility – President’s Doctoral Award

  • Home/EU and International applicants.
  • Open to new PhD students only 

For further information on the competitions listed above, please visit our postgraduate research funding page.