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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Funding and Scholarship SearchPlease find below details of funding opportunities available for MA and PhD students.

For a more comprehensive listing of scholarships and awards please visit the Cardiff University funding and scholarship search facility.

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Research Bursaries

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.

Eligibility:

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.

Deadline:

This year's funding round is now over. Watch this space for opportunities in 2014/15

Please click here for further funding information for prospective postgraduate students at Cardiff.


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Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for PhD research 15/16

The South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW-DTP) is dedicated to fostering the dynamic interchange of critical, creative, practical and intellectual energies that drive the best and most exciting academic research in our contemporary globalized and digitalized culture.  The training programme is designed to give Arts and Humanities researchers access to the essential experience and skills needed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century research environment and to develop productive careers whether in academia or professional practice.   The eight leading universities within the consortium have joined forces with prestigious partners in the arts and creative industries (music, film, television, libraries, museums & galleries) to offer support and training for your individual research.  Follow your ideas and apply to become a part of the SWW-DTP revolution in Arts and Humanities research.

The Consortium has been awarded £14.2M over five years to deliver doctoral training to the future leaders of our subjects. This sum has been supplemented by the Universities involved, boosting the number of awards available.  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 via the website at http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/.

The SWW-DTP has now announced the details of its recruitment process for studentships commencing in October 2015. See http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/studentship/apply-for-a-studentship/The DTP will be awarding up to 52 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2015.  The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP.

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, Dr Jane Moore, or the Philosophy Lead, Dr Peter Sedgwick, or the Director of PGR Studies for the School, Dr Carl Plasa.  Professor Richard Gwyn will be able to offer advice  on applications for Creative Writing.

Applicants will be expected to provide a 500-word research proposal and a 300-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.

Eligibility
We are looking for students from the UK or EU with a record of excellent preparation and evidence of promise for PhD study. You will have a compelling project that will benefit from the expertise we can offer in and across a range of subjects and from our rich archival resources and network of professional partners. You will have at least a first degree at 2:2 or higher, and have achieved or be working towards a postgraduate qualification; we also encourage applicants who are not presently working towards a postgraduate qualification but who can demonstrate equivalent experience and aptitude for research in their field.

Deadlines
For information about deadlines visit the SWW-DTP website.  The closing date for completed applications (including references) is 12 January 2015.


ESRC Studentship in Language and Communication at Cardiff 2015/16

The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is able to support applications for one Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 3 year PhD studentship to commence on 1 October 2015, 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 PhD Language and Communication Research programme 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 PhD Language and Communication Research 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

ESRC Studentship Application Form - English

ESRC Studentship Referee Report Form - English

or can be obtained from the School Postgraduate Office (email encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk). Please submit your ESRC Studentship Application Form to encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk.

Deadline:
The deadline for funding is 5 p.m. Friday 30 January 2015.   

For further details, please contact:

Rhian Rattray, Postgraduate Manager for the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Email: encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk


Santander Universities Postgraduate Scholarships

The Santander Universities Postgraduate Scholarship 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 13/14 entry has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.



Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries 2014-15

This year's funding round is now over. Watch this space for opportunities in 2014/15

In accordance with the deed of trust made by the benefactor Mr. Jens Jacobsen, The Royal Institute of Philosophy is pleased to offer for the academic year 2014 – 2015 up to eight Jacobsen Studentships for research in certain fundamental parts of philosophy. The studentships, of £8,000 each, will be for one year.

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. This list is in accordance with the philosophical interests of Mr. Jacobsen.

In addition, postgraduates are offered up to eight Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries. The bursaries, of £3,000 each, are also for one year but carry no restrictions as to area of study.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy, in accord with its own remit, seeks candidates whose work, while rigorous, avoids needless technicality and is in the tradition of philosophy as a humane discipline.

Please note that the following conditions apply to these awards:

1. Applicants must have already completed at least one year of work for a higher degree in philosophy in a UK university by the start of the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Preference may well be given to applicants nearing the end of a course of study leading to a doctorate.

2. Applicants must be engaged in full-time study for a higher degree in a department of philosophy at a UK institution during 2014 – 2015.

3. No one who is in receipt of any other award for the academic year 2014 – 2015 of £3,000 or more will be offered funding by the Royal Institute. This includes fees only awards. In view of this restriction and the operation of other funding bodies, we are unable to make decisions until September 2014.

Candidates must arrange for two academic referees, at least one from the institution at which they are currently studying, to write on their behalf direct to The Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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 15 June 2014. Applications and letters by post only please.  Please do not staple your application or print it double-sided. 

This year's funding round is now over. Watch this space for opportunities in 2014/15


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

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/news-events/news/applications-for-fulbright-2013-14-awards-to-the-us-now-open


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:

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/


Knox Fellowships

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
Exeter
Devon
EX4 4NR

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.

See: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/

Contact details: Director of Lifelong Learning, Carmarthenshire County Counci

Deadline: The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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

http://www.jamespantyfedwenfoundation.org.uk/main_en.html

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.


 

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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

For
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.

Value
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.

Further Information

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


Cardiff University full-time match-funded PhD studentships

The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

The School invites applications for two full-time match-funded PhD studentships whereby 50% of fees and stipend are met through the endowment fund and the remaining 50% is match-funded by the School.

This studentships are available to Home/EU students commencing their PhD in 2014/15. 
Please note that full-time award holders cannot hold either a full-time job or permanent part-time job during the award period and cannot be employed by the University (other than undertaking demonstrating and teaching in their department where these do not interfere with the progress of their research degree)

Match Funding Application Form - English
Match Funding Application Form - Cymraeg

For information on how to apply for a PhD in the School please visit http://www.cf.ac.uk/encap/degreeprogrammes/index.html. For further information please contact encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk.


J E Williams  Full Studentship

The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

One three-year studentship is available where 100% costs for PhD (fees and stipend) are met through the endowment fund. The Studentship is open to Cardiff graduates only who wish to study at Cardiff or another UK University; the terms of the bequest require the University to prioritise those wishing to study at Oxford University.  This fund can also support MPhil projects.  

This award is available to Home/EU students commencing their PhD in 2014/15. 

Please note that full-time award holders cannot hold either a full-time job or permanent part-time job during the award period and cannot be employed by the University (other than undertaking demonstrating and teaching in their department where these do not interfere with the progress of their research degree)

J E Williams Application Form - English [66.1 Kb]
J E Williams Application Form - Cymraeg [32.1 Kb]

For further information please contact encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk.


Edward Rhys-Price Bequest (Part-time awards)

The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Two x £1,000 awards are available for academic year 2013/14 and are available to Home/EU students. These studentships are available to continuing, part-time, self-funding research students only. Students in their writing-up year are not eligible to apply.

Edward Rhys-Price Endowment Application [54.5 Kb]
Edward Rhys-Price Endowment Application Cymraeg [42.0 Kb]

For further information please contact encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk.


Cardiff University Overseas Research Scholarships

The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


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. 
Eligibility

  • 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 encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk 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.

Deadlines

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 2014/15 will be published in due course.


Funding to support Postgraduate Researcher Initiatives

Applications are invited for funding (up to £1,000 per project) to support interdisciplinary academic activities which will bring postgraduate research students together from different subject areas.  To support this aim, the application must be made by co-applicants from two different Schools (or from two distinct departments within a School where applicable).

Examples of activities that may be supported include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Themed forum
  • Reading Groups
  • Seminar Series
  • Workshop(s)
  • Networking meetings
  • Conferences
  • Short visits by scholars to Cardiff

This fund is not for the purpose of supporting individual student’s travel or conference attendance.

Further information about eligibility, the application process and deadlines can be found on the University Graduate College website.


ExpandPrizes 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.

MA Scholarship Scheme 2014/15

For more information about these and other funding opportunities please contact the Academic Support Officer (encap-ac@cf.ac.uk).

Cardiff University PhD Bursaries in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies)