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
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy is offering a number of research bursaries (equivalent to one year’s Home/EU fees) to students commencing their PhD studies in 2014/5.
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 2 May 2014;
- anticipate beginning your studies during the 2014/15 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 Friday 2 May 2014. 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 by the end of June 2014.
To be considered for a Research Bursary you must have applied for a place on a PhD programme in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy by 5 p.m. on Friday 2 May 2014.
The awards are open to Home/EU and Overseas students. The bursary will cover the first PhD year at the Home/EU rate. Overseas students would be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and International fees themselves.
External funding opportunities
Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for PhD research 14/15
The South, West & Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership is a consortium of eight leading universities with complementary research and training excellence in a range of arts and humanities subjects, and a prestigious group of non-academic organisations representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors. The Consortium brings us at Cardiff together with colleagues in the universities of Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton. Partners for our programme include the National Library of Wales, the National Museum, CyMAL and Cadw, the National Trust, English Heritage, the Welsh National Opera, the BBC, independent television producers Green Bay Productions and media group TwoFour, among others. International partners include the Centre for British Studies in Berlin and the Virginia G. Piper Centre for Creative Writing, Arizona State University.
The Consortium has been awarded £14.2M over the next five years to deliver doctoral training to the future leaders of our subjects. This sum will be supplemented by the Universities involved.
Besides individual studentships, the funding will ensure that students accepted onto the programme have access to the combined expertise, training opportunities and resources of all eight institutions. Further information, including full details of supervisors’ areas of expertise and the resources held by Consortium members can be consulted on the website at http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/.
How to apply for funding
Visit the SWW-DTP website http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/ for more information about the Partnership, the members universities and the partners, a list of possible supervisors and their specialisms, and an indication of some of our resources to support research.
If you have a possible supervisor in mind, speak to them about your project in the usual way.
To learn more about the programme, contact the English Subject Lead for Cardiff, Professor Katie Gramich or the Philosophy Lead, Dr Peter Sedgwick, or the Director of PGR Studies for the School, Professor Radhika Mohanram.
Applicants will be expected to provide a 1500-word research proposal and a 500-word personal statement. These will need to demonstrate fit with the particular character of the SWW DTP, including the clusters, the network of partner organisations, and the Professional Researcher Programme.
It is not in any way necessary for projects to be ‘inter-disciplinary’ – although, of course, they can be. However, applications should not only outline research questions and methods appropriate to the intended core discipline, but also demonstrate an awareness of and engagement with the wider research environment.
Candidates may apply under up to three subjects.
Since this is an integrated programme, entry is only available at the beginning of Year 1. In other words, it is not open to continuing students.
All candidates deemed fundable will be interviewed by Skype in the last two weeks of March (dates to be announced).
- Application forms available from 6 December
- Open Day in Bristol on 22 January 2014 (attendance is mandatory)
- Applications by 21 February 2014
- Awards announced in early April
PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTENDANCE AT THE OPEN DAY IN BRISTOL ON 22 JANUARY 2014 IS MANDATORY IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR AHRC FUNDING.
You can book a place at the Open Day by filling in an ‘Expression of interest’ form (http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/open-day/).
ESRC Studentship in Language and Communication at Cardiff
The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is able to support applications for one Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1 +3 studentship to commence on 1 October 2014, covering tuition fees plus a generous stipend, on a competitive basis within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Wales Consortium, led by Cardiff University. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.
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 firstly need to apply for a place on the MA Language Communication Research with progression to Doctor of Philosophy (1+3) in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University via the University's Direct Application Service. As well as your application, 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.
Once you have an offer of a place on the MA Language and Communication Research with progression to Doctor of Philosophy (1 + 3) programme you will be eligible to apply for ESRC funding. You will need to submit a separate ESRC application form which can be downloaded from this page or can be obtained from the School Postgraduate Office (email email@example.com).
The deadline for the ESRC studentship is 31 January 2014. The ESRC application form should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday 31 January 2014. In order to meet this deadline you will need to ensure that you submit your MA Language and Communication with progression to Doctor of Philosophy (1+3) application by Friday 24 January 2014 at the latest.
If short-listed for the ESRC studentship you may be called for interview during the week commencing 17 February 2014.
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.
The deadline for 13/14 entry has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
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.
The deadline for 13/14 entry has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
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 has now passed. Details regarding the next round of applications 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
The deadline for 13/14 entry has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
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 including deadlines can be found at: http://www.kennedytrust.org.uk/
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.
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 and the deadline for mailing an application.
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 and deadlines.
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 including deadlines please visit http://ffwg.org.uk/Pages/TBB.htm
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
For more information and deadlines please see http://www.reidtrust.org.uk/
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 2013 has now passed. Application forms will be available around Easter 2014 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.
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.
Cardiff University funding opportunities for current students and applicants
Home/EU Postgraduate Taught Scholarships
Cardiff University is investing £500,000 in a package of high value competitive scholarships to support Home and EU students who are planning to start a Masters course in September 2014
Home and EU students only (as classified for fee paying purposes) applying for an eligible postgraduate taught programme.* An emphasis will be placed firmly on academic excellence and student potential.
Full Eligibility Criteria will be published on the Postgraduate Study web pages in due course.
Each scholarship will be worth a maximum £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount. Students who are successful in gaining a scholarship will have this amount deducted from their tuition fees. No cash alternative will be available.
The scholarships will be available for a maximum of one academic year. Students studying a course which lasts longer than one year will not receive any further funding for additional years.
How to Apply
The scholarship application form will be made available on the Online Applicant Portal to all Home and EU students who have applied to an eligible master’s programme.
The Application form will remain on the Online Applicant Portal until the scholarship application deadline (Friday 1st August 2014 – subject to final confirmation).
Completed applications will need to be emailed to email@example.com. Only one scholarship application form will be accepted per student. Any general enquiries about the scholarships can also be sent to this email address.
The deadline to submit a scholarships application is subject to final confirmation (see above). Other key dates are yet to be confirmed but indicative points for applicants to be aware of are below:
- Mid-July 2014 – the University must have received a student’s application to study an eligible postgraduate taught programme at Cardiff University.
- Early August 2014 – students must have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for their academic course by this date
- Mid-August 2014 – students must have received an unconditional offer to study at Cardiff University.
Students are strongly encouraged to read the Eligibility Criteria and FAQs regarding the awards before they apply. These documents will be published on the Postgraduate Study web pages in due course.
Each College will be allocated a portion of the total available funding. Scholarships will therefore be available across all subject areas, with a firm emphasis placed on academic excellence and student potential.
Further details of the selection and allocation process will be agreed with and communicated via the Colleges in due course.
Further information about the scholarships will be available on the Postgraduate Study web pages: www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/funding/master-scholarships.html
* For 2013 entry only students applying to full-time master’s degree programmes were eligible for scholarship funding. Eligible programmes for 2014 entry have not yet been confirmed.
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.
The deadline for applying for this award has now passed. Details regarding the next round of applications will be published in due course.
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.
The deadline for 13/14 entry has now passed. Details of the application process for 14/15 will be posted as soon as they become available.
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 2016/17.
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: 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).