Funding success for part-time PhD student

Dorottya Cserzo, PhD student in Language and Communication from Hungary, was successful in her application for funding from two different foundations.

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She received funding from the Gen Foundation and the Sidney Perry Foundation, the latter also encouraging her to apply again in the following year.

Dorottya did her MA in Applied Linguistics and is now in her first year pursuing a part-time PhD examining digital video-mediated communication (such as through Skype or Google Hangout) from a linguistic perspective incorporating non-verbal elements. The received funding will go a long way towards financing her tuition fees and day-to-day expenditures and enables her to spend more time studying.

Dorottya’s top tips for applying for external funding

"Study the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding and don’t disregard partial funding, it may be easier to get and will still be a big help."

Dorottya Cserzo, part-time PhD Language and Communication
  • Study the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.
  • Ask your supervisor for a reference – they may also be able to provide guidance and support with your funding application.
  • Don’t be afraid to start your PhD without funding.
  • If you can find part-time work to support yourself it is a very strong argument for your commitment to your project which will look good in any kind of funding application.
  • Don’t disregard partial funding, it may be easier to get and will still be a big help.

About the Gen Foundation

The aim of the Gen Foundation is to enhance the importance of cross-cultures between Japan and the rest of the world in today's global society. Currently, the Foundation is supporting those who excel in the areas of biological, chemical, botanical and food sciences. Exceptional candidates in language, music and art may also be considered.

About the Sidney Perry Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1961 with capital given by Sidney James Perry (1888-1967) with the principal aim 'to assist persons to obtain education in its widest sense, other than primary, when the expenses thereof would without such assistance be beyond their means'.

The Foundation mainly funds first degree students but may consider postgraduate students younger than 35 at the start of their postgraduate degree and when their postgraduate degree is related to their first degree and they obtained a 2:1 or better in their first degree.