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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2019-20

Type of award


Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


The award covers tuition fees and a maintenance stipend (£15,777 in 2018-19). Students opting to study part -time will receive a pro-rata maintenance stipend.

Specified use

Tuition fees and living allowance.

Tenable period

Studentships are available for 3 year full-time programmes. Part-time studentships are also available.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

We will have a number of these studentships available, awarded on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

This award is internal.

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Anthropology, Media and Performance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Arts Management and Cultural Practices
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama
  • East Asian Studies
  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • Institute for Cultural Practices
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Religions and Theology
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold or expect to achieve a Masters-level qualification, which we would expect to be at distinction level, or equivalent, and have a first-class Honours degree (or non-UK equivalent). Additional indicators of academic quality will include contributions to publications/articles, promoting your research to a wider audience, setting up research collaborations, prizes awarded and information supplied by your referees.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

In order to apply for the PDS awards, an application for AHRC or ESRC funding must be submitted, if eligible, by the stated deadlines. Please note that current PhD students are not eligible for these awards.

Application procedure

Applicants must apply using the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Funding Application Form. Please submit the online application for a place on your chosen doctoral programme in the School by Monday 14 January 2019 at the latest. All supporting documentation, including references, must be submitted by that date. Please submit the completed PDS Funding Application Form by 5pm GMT, Friday 8 February 2019 , at the latest. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Application form

Additional documentation

Required documentation is as follows:                                              

1. PDS Application form                                                                                           

2. Research proposal                                                                                                        

3. Degree certificates and transcripts                                                                                                          

4. References

Selection criteria

Applications will be ranked according to two key criteria: academic track-record, and the quality of the research proposal.

Selection body

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures studentship committee.

Closing date

08 Feb 2019

All PDS applications must be received by the School by 5pm GMT, Friday 8 February 2019. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Decision date

Mid-April 2019

Additional information

Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found at  and further information on the PDS competition can be found here:

Contact details for enquiries

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