THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. The John Rylands Research Institute Scholarship for Researchers from a Black British Background 2020-21

Type of award


Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


The award covers tuition fees, maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend rate for 2019-20 is £15,009) and opportunity to apply for additional funding towards fieldwork and conference costs.

Students opting to study part-time will receive a pro rata maintenance stipend.  

Specified use

 Home Fees and living costs

Tenable period

 The award will commence in the 2020/21 academic year for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress and good conduct.

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is one scholarship available

Funding provider

The John Rylands Research Institute

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

The candidate must have a good first degree (at least a 2i) and an MA at Merit, or higher, in a related subject.

Fluent written and spoken English.

Nationality restrictions

Other eligibility criteria

Recent data on University of Manchester students shows a clear underrepresentation of black students permanently resident in the UK on postgraduate research programmes, in comparison to the most recent UK census information. This is particularly notable in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, where black British students account for less than 1% of PhD researchers (compared to 3.4% of the UK population). This scholarship intends to support the increased representation of black researchers working with archives and Special Collections. As such, this scheme is restricted to black students.

Application procedure

First, applicants should apply online for a place on the PhD programme in the usual way, by Monday 13 January 2020.

Second, applicants should submit the one page application form directly to  by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 7 February 2020.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to arrange an informal visit to the University prior to submitting an application in order to meet with Special Collections curatorial staff and proposed PhD supervisors, discuss project proposals, and learn more about the scheme.

Application form

Selection criteria

 Applications will be assessed on academic track record, research proposal and suitability

Closing date

07 Feb 2020

5pm (GMT), Friday 7 February 2020.

Contact details for enquiries