Scholarships and funding for 2015-16

There are a variety of funding opportunities for Master and PhD study.  The listing below shows some of these opportunities, and links to others.  The Faculty receives studentship funding through the major research councils, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in addition to other more specialised programmes.  Lancaster University also offers its own funding, which is detailed below.

‌‌‌Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The competition for 2015-16 entry is now closed. Information regarding the 2016-17 competition will be available in December 2015. 

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral

Studentships. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.  

Applicants to Lancaster must be planning to study in one of the following NWCDTP-approved pathways (administering departments in brackets):

  • Art History (LICA)
  • Arts Management, Library and Museum Studies (LICA)
  • Chinese (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
  • Creative Writing (Department of English & Creative Writing)
  • Cultural Studies (Department of Sociology)
  • Drama, Theatre, Dance (LICA)
  • English (Department of English & Creative Writing)
  • History (Department of History)
  • Law (School of Law)
  • Linguistics (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
  • Media and Communication (LICA)
  • Modern Languages (DELC)
  • Philosophy (Department of PPR)
  • Religious Studies (Department of PPR)
  • Translation Studies (Department of Linguistics & English Language)
  • Visual Arts: Arts and Design (LICA)

Students should normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application.  However, AHRC studentship applications will be accepted from students who have already applied for a place at Lancaster.  The deadline for applications to be admitted on a programme at Lancaster for 2015-16 was 23 January 2015.  Applicants are strongly advised to liaise with prospective supervisors when completing the studentship application form.

As part of the NWCDTP, a very limited amount of Masters funding will be available to outstanding students planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Masters.  The same deadline applies as for doctoral studentships.

Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWCDTP website, as are the application forms and guidance notes for both doctoral and Masters studentships.  Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page 2 of the guidance notes before applying.  Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

AHRC details of eligibility and the different kinds of studentship funding on offer can be found on the AHRC website.

The deadline for applications for 2015-16 was 5.00 pm GMT on 13 February 2015.


‌‌‌Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). Each year 63 studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester.  Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions.

The competition for 2015-16 entry is now closed. Information regarding the 2016-17 competition will be available in December 2015.

Applicants must be planning to study in one of the following ESRC-approved pathways (relevant FASS programmes in brackets):

  • Economic and Social History (MA, PhD History)
  • Educational Research (PhD Educational Research)
  • Linguistics (PhD Linguistics; PhD Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework)
  • Politics in a Global World (PhD International Relations)
  • Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices (PhD Sociology, PhD Science Studies)
  • Security, Conflict and Justice (PhD Law, PhD Politics)
  • Social Anthropology (PhD Sociology)
  • Social Work (MA Social Work, PhD Sociology)
  • Sociology (MA, PhD Sociology)

Students will normally have been offered a place at one of the three NWDTC institutions prior to their studentship application, on one of the programmes eligible for NWDTC funding.  However, studentship applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting, which will take place on 13 March 2015.

Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWTDC website, as are the application form and guidance notes.  Please check that you meet the academic and residential eligibility criteria on page 2 of the guidance notes before applying. Applications should be made on the NWDTC application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

Further information about the provision and funding offered by the NWDTC is available on the NWTDC website. If you have any queries about your application please contact the NWDTC Administrator, Hayley Meloy: H.L.Meloy@liverpool.ac.uk

The deadline for applications for 2015-16 was 5.00 pm GMT on 2 February 2015.


‌‌DEMAND PhD Studentships: open call for expressions of interest

Fully funded 3-year PhD studentships in the DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) Centre are available:

  • Jointly supervised PhD opportunity on household energy practices in the global north and south: We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to study how household energy practices lead to increased energy demand in selected countries in the global north and south (preferably Asia), under shared supervision from the DEMAND Centre (Lancaster University) and the Environmental Policy group (Wageningen University).  The fully-funded PhD will be based in Lancaster, but will have plenty opportunity to travel for fieldwork and co-supervision.
  • Open Call for Expressions of Interest: we are open to high quality proposals from people with a strong background in any area of the social sciences and with an interest in developing a project that relates to the DEMAND centre’s distinctive approach and research agenda. 

More information on the studentships and details of the application process are available at http://www.demand.ac.uk/getting-involved/opportunities-for-academics/#phdstudents

The deadline for applications for both opportunities was 31 January 2015. Information regarding any studentships for 2016-17 will be available in December 2015.


 Faculty MA Scholarships (fees only)

A number of MA fees-only bursaries are available for students wishing to study for a Masters degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Recipients will need to meet their general living expenses themselves. Read terms and conditions.

These awards are administered by individual departments.  Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should contact their prospective department for details of the application process.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in any department in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and be due to commence their studies during the 2015-16 academic year.

 

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students
Deadline: Various (See departmental websites)


 Faculty 1+3 Scholarships (fees only)

The Faculty is offering a number of 1+3 fees-only bursaries for students wishing to study for a Masters degree followed by a PhD within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  Recipients will need to meet their general living expenses themselves.  The full terms and conditions are available.

These awards are administered by individual departments. Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should contact their prospective department for details of the application process.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in any department in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and be due to commence their Masters studies during the 2015-16 academic year.

Eligibility: UK and EU students
Deadline: Various (See departmental websites)


 Faculty Research Scholarships (fees only)

The Faculty is offering a number of fees-only scholarships for students wishing to undertake full-time PhD study.  Awards will be made in the form of a fee waiver and recipients will need to meet their general living expenses themselves. PhD Awards will be made for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

These awards are administered by individual departments.  Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should contact their prospective department for details of the application process.  All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in any department in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and should be due to commence their studies between October 2015 and January 2016. The full terms and conditions are available.

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students
Deadline: Various (See departmental websites)


Departmental awards

See individual departmental webpages for information on departmental awards:


University funding opportunities

There are two new scholarships for students starting a taught Master's degree at Lancaster from October 2015:

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or
  • Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme

The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements.

 

Lancaster Master's Scholarship

Lancaster University is offering over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each as part of a government initiative to offer additional support for students wishing to progress to Master’s level study. The Scheme is open to UK/EU students who began their studies after 1 September 2012.  

Who is eligible?

There are specific criteria that must be satisfied in order to qualify for one of these awards, and initially we would ask you to consider the following, all of which must be met.  You must be:

  • progressing from an undergraduate course (in the UK) for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012/13
  • not in receipt of undergraduate fee subsidies from Student finance Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance Northern Ireland
  • a UK/EU student who studied your undergraduate course at an institution in England for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13
  • in receipt of an academic offer to undertake a Master’s * course in any subject
  • intending to study full-time, or part-time for a maximum of two years
  • domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and paying the UK/EU tuition fee rate
  • not already qualified at masters level or above

* PG Diplomas and PG Certificates are not covered by this Scheme, nor are Master’s courses which are funded by other public bodies.  MRes courses for which a majority of the degree is based on independent research and is categorised by the University as a research programme are also not included in the Scheme.

In addition to meeting all of the above, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • have a low family household income (typically under £42,620 gross)
  • are in receipt of a maintenance grant from the UK  Government in the final year of your  undergraduate course
  • are in receipt of a special support grant from the UK Government  in the final year of your undergraduate course
  • are in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance in the final year of your undergraduate course
  • were a care leaver
  • immediately prior to starting your undergraduate degree, your postcode was in a low participation neighbourhood as measured by Polar 3.  To meet this criterion your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2.  You can check your postcode online

The closing date for the first selection phase will be 30 April.  If you meet all of the criteria in the first list above, and meet at least one of the criteria in the second list, and would like to apply for the scholarship, you can do so here.  If you have any queries, please email the PG Scholarships Team.  The Faculty's full course portfolio and information on how to apply for a postgraduate degree are available online.

Other bursaries

In addition to the above, a number of full and partial bursaries are offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available from the University's Postgraduate Funding pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website. There are also the following:

  • The Alumni Opportunity Fund - UK (worth up to £250) for UK Master's and Research Students who run into unexpected financial difficulties post enrolment.
  • The Peel Studentship Trust (worth up to £2,500) is unique to Lancaster, and is reserved for applicants aged 21 or over on the first day of the first term for which they are seeking assistance.  Both UK and international students may apply, with applications assessed on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
  • College awards (worth betwen £500 and £2,000 per annum) from Bowland, County and Grizedale.

 UK students

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional & Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website. These include:

  • The Learning & Skills Council Professional & Career Development Loans scheme. Applicants can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).
  • Possible sources of Government Funding include Disabled Student's Allowance, Tax Credits, and (for UK part-time students) Government (state) benefits such as housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit.

 International students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (for students from Commonwealth countries) the Department for International Development.


 UK and International students

The Postgraduate Funding Database allows prospective students (both UK and International) to search and browse comprehensive listings of external sources of PG funding for all academic disciplines.