Postgraduate Funding Opportunities
For a more comprehensive listing of scholarships and awards please visit the Cardiff University funding and scholarship search facility.
School bursaries for postgraduate research students
In addition to the funding opportunities that exist at University level (AHRC Block Grant awards, President’s Research Scholarships) and at national level (ESRC studentships), the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy is offering a number of bursaries to assist well-qualified students who wish to join a School with a research environment classified as ‘world-leading’ by the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
These awards are open to both home/EU students and overseas students.
We are offering a number of research bursaries (equivalent to one year’s Home/EU fees) to students commencing their PhD studies in 2013/14.
To be eligible for these awards you must:
- be applying for a place on a full-time or part-time PhD programme at the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy;
- have submitted your application by Friday 26th April 2013;
- anticipate beginning your studies during the 2013/14 academic year; deferral is not possible;
- not be in receipt of a funding award from another source;
All eligible applicants will be considered for the awards, provided they have applied for a place as a PhD student in the School by 26th April 2013. The awards will be decided on the basis of academic merit, taking into account past academic performance and future research potential. Successful candidates will be notified of their award in May 2012.
In order to be considered for one of these awards you will need to have submitted your application for a PhD place by Friday 26th April 2013.
All eligible applicants will be considered for the awards, provided they have applied for a place as a MPhil/PhD student in the School by dates indicated above.
Note: For students registered in the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) the bursary or scholarship will be offered once the MA/Diploma in Language and Communication Research (or equivalent) has been successfully completed.
External funding opportunities
Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentships (AHRC)
Cardiff holds Block Grant Partnership (BGP) studentships and invites applications in the following subject areas for study commencing 2013/14:
English Language and Literature
If you wish to apply for an AHRC award you must first apply for and be accepted on a PhD programme within the School of English, Communication and Philosophy by Friday 25 January 2013. For further information on applying for a PhD programme within the School please see our degree programmes page and click on the appropriate subject area. Please note that the PhD Creative and Critical Writing is not covered by this award.
Deadline: The deadline for the full AHRC application (Parts I and II, completed by the applicant and the referees), along with supporting documents, must be submitted to the School AHRC contact (Rhian Rattray - email: email@example.com - room 2.65) by 1 February 2013.
For further information about these studentships and for details regarding submitting an application please click here.
ESRC Studentship in Language and Communication at Cardiff
The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is able to support applications by UK students for one Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) studentship in 2013/14, covering tuition fees plus a generous stipend, on a competitive basis within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Wales Consortium, led by Cardiff University.
The ESRC website has a very helpful section on frequently asked questions about the award scheme.
In order to be considered for a studentship, you need to apply for postgraduate research study in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University via the University's Direct Application Service. In addition to the application form, you will need to supply the following supporting documents: 2 academic references, a detailed research proposal, personal statement, copies of your degree certificates and a transcript of the marks. In the research proposal (around 1,000 words, 3-4 pages) please outline your rationale, proposed methodology, and research objectives, including a short bibliography. In your personal statement, we would like you to tell us about why you are applying for a PhD – what your current situation is, whether you need a PhD for your own personal development, or for professional reasons, what your experience has been to date as a student/researcher/teacher in the area of English Language and Communication, and why you have chosen Cardiff as an appropriate research environment for your particular area of interest. Please note that there is not a separate application form for the ESRC studentship and that all applicants with PhD applications viewed strong enough will be considered for ESRC funding.
Deadline: To be considered for an ESRC award you will need to have applied for and been accepted onto the PhD in Language and Communication for the academic year 2013/14 by 15 April 2013. Applicants may be invited to interview during the week commencing 22 April 2013 if deemed necessary.
For further details, please contact:
Rhian Rattray, Postgraduate Manager for the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santander Universities Postgraduate Scholarships 2012/13
The Santander Universities Postgraduate Scholarship 2012/13 is open to current Cardiff University Masters' and Diploma students. There are 5 awards available of £5,000 each.
The awards are granted on academic merit and applicants should have a UK First Class honours degree.
Deadline: The deadline for applications on Friday 7th December at 5pm. Completed application forms should be sent to email@example.com
Edward Rhys-Price Bursaries
There are two £1000 awards available for the academic year 2012/13. Applications are invited from continuing, part-time, self-funded students who are currently registered with Cardiff University. The awards are available to Home and EU students.
Applications must be made via an application form which should be submitted, along with transcripts and references, to the School's Postgraduate Office by 5 p.m. on Friday 15 February 2013.
J.E. Williams studentship (applicable to Cardiff University graduates only)
This three-year studentship is available to PhD or MPhil students commencing their studies in the 2012/13 academic year. This three-year studentship is open to Cardiff graduates only who wish to study for an MPhil or PhD at Cardiff or another UK University; the terms of the bequest require the University to prioritise those wishing to study at Oxford University. The endowment fund covers 100% costs for PhD or MPhil (fees and stipend).
Deadline: The deadline for applying for this award for 2012/13 entry has now passed. Details regarding the application process for 2013/14 entry will be published in due course.
Royal Institute of Philosophy - Jacobsen Fellowships and Bursaries (PhD only)
In accordance with the deed of trust made by the benefactor Mr. Jens Jacobsen, The Royal Institute of Philosophy offers up to eight annual fellowships for research in certain fundamental parts of philosophy. The 2013-14 fellowships, of £8,000 each, are for one year and are open to current PhD students.
The parts of philosophy are: speculative, metaphysics, critical metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophical logic, philosophy of life, determinism, the nature of life, evolution, moral philosophy, political and social philosophy.
The Royal Institute of Philosophy also offers bursaries of £3,000 which are open to PhD students pursuing any aspect of philosophy. These are for one year.
For further information, details of eligibility, and the application form for these awards, please visit http://www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/page/42
Deadline: .Applications and references should be sent to Dr James Garvey, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR to arrive no later than 3 June 2013.
Fulbright Scholarships (PhD) – for UK students wishing to study in the United States
Each year between 10 and 16 awards are offered to UK citizens for the first year of postgraduate or doctoral study in any subject, at any accredited US institution. Applicants must be a UK citizen (resident anywhere), and hold or expect to obtain a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree or the equivalent prior to your anticipated enrolment with a US university.
For further information and details of the timeline for applications please visit
Fulbright Scholarships (MA and PhD) – for US students wishing to study in the UK
In the All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award category, approximately 5 Awards will be offered in the 2013/2014 cycle to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, at any accredited UK university, or to conduct a period of independent research with a UK institution. (please note: in the UK, Master's degree programmes are typically one year long, and PhD study is typically three years long.)
All-Disciplines Postgraduate Awards are open to any academic subject or discipline.
For further information please http://www.fulbright.org.uk/news-events/news/applications-for-fulbright-2013-14-awards-to-the-us-now-open
Deadline: Mid-October 2012 for entry in 2013/14.
Kennedy Scholarships (for PhD students or occasionally 2 year Master’s programmes)
Kennedy Scholarships offer attractive opportunities for graduate study or research in the USA at Harvard or MIT. About eight to ten Scholarships are awarded which cover tuition and health service fees, the cost of travel to and from the USA, and provide an allowance of $24,000 for the year plus an additional travel grant. Applicants must be British citizens at the time of application, who are also ordinarily resident in the UK, who have spent at least two of the last five years studying at a University in the UK and who have graduated before taking up their Scholarship. Candidates must make a separate and independent application for admission to Harvard and/or MIT.
Full details can be found at: http://www.kennedytrust.org.uk/
Deadline: Applications for 2012/13 have now closed. Details for applications for 2013/14 will be published in due course.
Frank Knox Fellowships offer full tuition fees and health insurance plus a generous stipend to British graduates who gain places at any of the Harvard graduate schools. Further information about this year's competition is available at http://www.kennedytrust.org.uk/display.aspx?Id=1175&pid=0 .
Deadline: Applications for 2012/13 have now closed. Details for applications for 2013/14 will be published in due course.
British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation - Foundation Grants
This foundation offers grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain . The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and their academic calibre.
The aim of the scheme is to assist in supporting female postgraduate research students in completing their programme. The maximum award through this scheme is £6,000.
Please visit http://ffwg.org.uk/Pages/Foundation Grants.htm for more information.
Deadline: The deadline for 2012/13 has now passed. Details of the application process for 2013/14 will be published in due course.
British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation - Emergency Grants
The Charitable Foundation offers Emergency Grants to graduate women who face an unforeseeable financial crisis whilst engaged in PhD study at institutions of higher education in Great Britain. These are one off payments to assist with the completion of an academic year’s work.
Grants are not likely to exceed £2,500. All grants are offered on a needs basis and therefore not all grants will be for £2,500.
Please visit http://ffwg.org.uk/Pages/Emergency 20Grants.htm for more information about making an application.
Deadline: Awards are offered three times a year. The next deadline for submitting an application will be 12 October 2012.
Theodora Bosanquet Bursary
This bursary is made available through the British Federation of Women Graduates Charitable Foundation. It is open to female postgraduate students in English Literature or History and the purpose of the award is to enable students to undertake a four week period of research in a library, archive or other place of scholarly research London during the period mid-June to mid-September.
For further details please visit http://ffwg.org.uk/Pages/TBB.htm
Deadline: The closing date for applying for an award for 2013 is 31 October 2012.
Reid Trust for the Higher Education of Women
Open to women educated in the United Kingdom who have appropriate academic qualifications and who wish to undertake further training or research in the United Kingdom. The funding is open to all subjects. There are normally 10-12 awards every year and they each provide between £250-£1000 in funding.
Applicants must complete an application form, obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope with a request to:
Mrs H M Harvey, Honorary Treasurer
53 Thornton Hill
Deadline: The latest deadline for applications has now passed.
Please note: the Trustees are considering some alterations to the application process to the Reid Trust.
Details of the revised process will be available at the start of 2013. Please do not make an application to the Trust before this date.
Thomas and Elizabeth Williams Scholarship (PhD)
This award is open to those who have been resident within the specified area for at least two years during the ten years immediately preceding the date of application: preference is given to the Llanelli/Kidwelly school districts. Applicants must be under 30 years of age at the date of application, and should possess a good honours degree (I or IIA), but under certain circumstances a lower second class honours may be considered. Grants are usually for up to £5,000 for the academic year, but there is a preference for those wishing to study in America, and grants for this can be as much as £8,000 for the academic year.
Contact details: Director of Lifelong Learning, Carmarthenshire County Counci
Deadline: The application deadline is usally June and the deadline for 2012 has now passed. Application forms will be available around Easter 2013 from the Student Support Office, Carmarthen County Council. Application forms will be available around Easter.
Application forms should be completed and returned to the Director of Education & Children’s Services by the closing date.
James Pantyfedwen Foundation (open to MA and PhD students of Welsh origin, or who have spent a significant period in Wales)
Support is available for postgraduate study in all subject areas, but mainly for research. In order to apply please visit
Deadline: The closing date for applications for courses which start in September/October in any year (or with a later starting date in the same academic year) is June 30 preceding the start date. Application forms are available from April 1 in any year.
Christopher Brumfit PhD/Ed.D Thesis Award 2012
This award has been sponsored by the Cambridge University Press and is promoted by Language Teaching. The award aims to recognise doctoral thesis research that makes a significant and original contribution to the field of SLA and/or foreign/second language teaching and learning. The award is Cambridge University Press books to the value of £500. To be considered eligible for the award your thesis must have been awarded no more than two years before the date of the award application; the research must have been completed as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree or its equivalent at a university; although the thesis under consideration must be in English, the research may be related to work concerning any second language; candidates must not have applied for the award on a previous occasion.
In the first instance, applicants must submit the following:
Two files: One MS WORD file containing a summary of the thesis (not to exceed 17 double-spaced pages, with references, font size 12, and a separate MS WORD file containing a 150 word-abstract of the thesis. Both files should be clearly labelled with your name. The maximum size of any file sent should not exceed 2 Mb.
Proof of the award of the degree
Only electronic applications are accepted
Deadline: 30 November 2012 for receipt of summary and abstract and official proof of thesis award date 20 February 2013 - Feedback will be given to all candidates and short-listed candidates will be required to submit an electronic copy of the thesis
The John Brooks Award
A new literary prize worth £1,000 has been announced by the West Country Writers' Association (WCWA) - The John Brooks Award, to be made annually. The competition is open to published authors in the UK. The subject matter for submissions will vary from year to year between poetry, history, biography, fiction and non-fiction. The Award for 2013 will be for a full length work of historical non-fiction. Further details about this award can be found on www.westcountrywriters.com.
In addition to the John Brooks Award, the West Country Writers' Association also runs an annual short story competition. The winner receives £50 in cash and an invite to spend a day at the Association’s next annual writers’ weekend, held in Torquay, Devon on April 5–7 2013. The winning entry will be published on the WCWA website. The runner-up will receive a place on a creative writing course at Orchard Learning Studios during 2013. Aspiring authors may also apply for the annual West Country Writers’ Bursary which pays for an individual to attend the annual Writers’ Weekend, including accommodation for two nights, all meals and talks. Further details can be found on www.westcountrywriters.com.
Cardiff University funding opportunities for current students and applicants
Cardiff University President’s Research Scholarships
The University has created 72 “flagship” postgraduate research awards which carry the prestige of association with the University’s President, the Nobel Prize for Medicine (2007) winner, Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship: (Re)-Constructing Multiculturalism (Two full awards for 2013/14)
The School invites applications for two Cardiff University President's Research Scholarships in the area of (Re)-Constructing Multiculturalism available for 2013/14, including full UK/EU tuition fees plus a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated every year).
The research undertaken by the President's Research Scholarship students will explore the ways in which 'multiculturalism' was a cultural construct of particular historical circumstances and how the dangers of national dissolution on the one hand, and of discrimination against minorities on the other, may be confronted by its re-construction.
Applicants are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline research proposal in the first instance to determine an appropriate supervisor. A formal University PhD application must then be submitted using the Online Application Service at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/applying.html for the research programme agreed with the potential supervisor. To be eligible for the President's Research Scholarship within the School applicants must be accepted onto the relevant PhD programme by Friday 22 February 2013. Please allow two weeks for your application to be processed.
Once accepted on to the PhD programme applicants should then apply for the Scholarship using the President's Research Scholarship application form available at www.cardiff.ac.uk/ugc/re-constructing-multiculturalism-studentships by 1 March 2013.
The student profile sought is high-calibre, independent thinking and innovative graduates with cross-disciplinary interests and ambitions. Applicants need to demonstrate their preparedness and potential through their record of academic achievement and/or other relevant experiences, and their plans for research study.
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open for applicants of any nationality. Non UK/EU students would be required to cover the difference between UK and International fees themselves.
22 February 2013 - to have been offered a place on a relevant humanities PhD programme
1 March 2013 - to submit a separate application form for the (Re)-Constructing Multiculturalism scholarship
For further information see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/presidents/multiculturalism/index.html
Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship: Neo-Victoriansim: Victorian and Contemporary Literature (One full award for 2013/14)
The School invites applications for one Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship in the area of Neo-Victoriansim with a programme start date of 1 October 2013. Funding for this project is generously provided by the University's 'Serious Brain Power' initiative related to the President's Research Scholarship programme and is attached to the appointment of Professor Ann Heilmann. The successful applicant will research an aspect of contemporary neo-Victorianism.
The full award includes UK/EU tuition fees, along with a doctoral stipend matching the UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated every year).
Eligibility: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open for applicants of any nationality. Non UK/EU students would be required to cover the difference between UK and International fees themselves.
How to Apply for the Neo-Victorianism scholarship:
Applicants need to apply for the PhD in English Literature at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, October 2013. Applicants also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- two sample essays from their previous studies or an MA chapter
- a detailed research proposal (see below)
- a cover letter
- degree certificates and transcripts
- two academic references.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
There is no separate application form for this President's Scholarship. Applicants should state 'Neo-Victorian Scholarship' in the 'funding section' of the PhD application form.' The PhD application form and all supporting documents must be received by the 22 February 2013 deadline.
Format of required research proposal:
1. Working title of thesis. The title (and / or sub-title) should identify what particular angle the thesis is proposing to take on neo-Victorianism
2. Outline of proposed research: What is the thesis going to focus on in the broader field of neo-Victorianism? What are the central research questions? How does the thesis locate itself in the field, i.e. how does the proposed research relate to existing international scholarship and what new and original angle(s) and approaches will the research project bring to the field? What research methods and critical framework(s) are likely to be applied?
3. An outline of the likely chapter structure (with proposed chapter titles and a paragraph on each chapter, including details of texts/authors to be studied)
4. A working bibliography (primary and secondary)
Application Deadline: 22 February 2013
For further information please see
Contact: Professor Ann Heilmann via email at HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk
Cardiff University Overseas Research Scholarships
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy, as part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invites applications from high-calibre international applicants for two Cardiff University Overseas Research Scholarships. The Scholarships will cover the difference between the tuition fee for a full-time, ‘home (UK/EU) PhD student and the fee chargeable to an ‘overseas’ PhD student for the three year period. Successful candidates will be required, therefore, to find other funding for the remainder of the fees and to cover their maintenance costs. The Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to candidates of outstanding merit and research potential.
- Applicants must be for a full-time PhD programme (3 years).
- Applicants must be planning to commence their studies on 1 October 2013; or, with the agreement of the School, 1 January 2014.
- Applicants will normally be expected to have achieved the equivalent of a UK first-class degree at Bachelor level, and to hold a Master’s level qualification of an excellent standard.
- Through their previous achievements and their research proposals, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the potential to be outstanding researchers.
- Applicants must be clear as to why they wish to undertake the PhD at Cardiff University and with their proposed main supervisor and/or research group.
- Students receiving a full scholarship (i.e. full fees and living costs) from their Government or another sponsor will not e eligible for a Cardiff University Overseas Research Scholarship.
How to apply
- Applicants are advised to enter into a dialogue with the Postgraduate Research admissions tutor for their subject area (email email@example.com for contact details) to discuss their PhD proposal before they submit their application for a place on a PhD programme in the School and for a Cardiff University Research Scholarship.
- Applicants must have made an application for full-time study at Cardiff University before the Scholarship application deadline of Friday 3 May 2013. The Scholarship application does not take the place of a Cardiff University PhD application. Information on how to apply for a place on a PhD programme in the School can be found here.
- Applicants must be applying for a PhD that commences on 1 October 2013, or, with the approval of the School, 1 January 2014.
- Applicants must be liable to pay tuition fees at the overseas rate.
- Applicants must make a separate application for the Cardiff University Overseas Scholarships. Application forms for the scholarship are available here and Notes and Guidance for Applicants can be found here.
Applicants must have made an application for a place on a PhD programme and submitted a completed application form for the Cardiff University Overseas Scholarship to the Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Postgraduate Office, Room 2.65, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU by Friday 3 May 2013 (email firstname.lastname@example.org). As well as the completed Scholarship application form, applicants must also submit one report from a referee who should be someone with knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability and achievement. The reference report may be one of those supplied in support of the general application for PhD study at Cardiff University.
Professor U.R.Q. Henriques Scholarship Fund
This fund exists to support current MA and PhD students from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics and is awarded in rotation between the Schools. According to the regulations of the Scholarship Fund, the next competition in ENCAP will take place in 2012/13.
Applications are now invited for the 2012/13 Henriques Scholarship Fund. Awards of £1,500 are available to outstanding postgraduate students from English Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory, Philosophy and the Centre for Language and Communication in ENCAP.
The competition is open to all postgraduate students registered in ENCAP on 1 October 2012 for a postgraduate degree who are currently not funded.
Deadline: Applicants should submit a covering letter and curriculum vitae, with full details of their academic achievements, to the School’s Postgraduate Office (email@example.com or room 2.65, Humanities Building) by Monday 28th January 2013.
Charles Coles Travelling Scholarships
There are three awards of £400 each and these are open to postgraduate students (as well as undergraduate students) to support a programme of travel connected with their studies. Students can apply at any point during their programme of study but the application must be submitted well in advance of the proposed visit and must be submitted during the calendar year preceding the year in which the proposed visit is to take place. Travel must also be scheduled at an appropriate point during the programme of study.
For further information, forms, guidelines and conditions please visit http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/sfs/travellingscholarships/travelling_scholarships.html
Deadline: The deadline for this award for the 2012/13 academic year have passed. Details of the application process for 2013/14 will be published in due course.
Funding to support Postgraduate Researcher Initiatives
Current postgraduate research students at Cardiff University are invited to submit applications for funding (up to £1,000 per project) to support interdisciplinary academic activities which will bring PGR students together from different subject areas. Themes for activities should be wide enough to promote cross-disciplinary representation.
Examples of activities that may be supported include (not an exhaustive list):
• Themed forum
• Reading Groups
• Seminar Series
• Networking meetings
• Short visits by scholars to Cardiff
Deadline: The deadlines for receipt of applications are:
Round 1: 5 p.m. Friday 18 January 2013
Round 2: 5 p.m. Friday 21 June 2013
Prizes awarded by the School
D.M. Phillips Tylerstown Philosophy Prize (MA students only)
This prize (approximately £2,000) is awarded on the basis of merit to student(s) who have completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Cardiff University and who are pursuing MA study in Philosophy within the institution. The recipient(s) should be studying Ethics, Metaphysics, Sociology or Psychology at postgraduate level. The recipient(s) of this award are decided at the Philosophy Board of Studies each September.
Deadline: Details regarding the deadline for applicants to have applied for a place on an MA Philosophy programme and thus be eligible for the 2013/14 prize will be published in due course.
Clifford Garwood Prize
The prize is awarded annually to the student with the best performance in modules relating to Applied Linguistics. The recipient is decided at the Centre for Language and Communication Research Exam Board every June.
Minnie Watkins Fund
This fund allows small financial grants for academic purposes to be made to postgraduate students in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, with preference given to students studying for the MA in Critical and Cultural Theory.
Deadline: Deadline to apply for this funding, shall be made public two months in advance. The final decision is usually made in April/May of each year by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Board of Studies.
The Dell Hymes Commendation
The award of a book to the PG student(s) with the best performance in sociolinguistics.
The recipient of this award is decided at the Centre for Language and Communication Research Board of Studies each June.
Victor Neo Prize
This prize is awarded to the student with the highest overall mark in the MA in Critical and Cultural Theory.
The recipient is decided at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Exam Board in the autumn of each year.
Sir Julian Hodge Prize
This prize is awarded to the English Literature/Cultural Criticism student with the highest average mark in their BA degree. The recipient must be registered for a higher degree in English Literature or the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University but, at the discretion of the Head of School, may be registered on another postgraduate scheme involving a significant amount of English Literature.
The recipient is decided in October/November of each year.
For more information about these and other funding opportunities please contact the Academic Support Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).