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Scholarships and Funding - 2014-15 entry
For entry in 2014-15 there is £2 million in funding opportunities available through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and its Departments. There are a wide range of funding opportunities available, but competition is fierce and you will need to begin your enquiries in good time to meet deadlines.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake research in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment with a thriving postgraduate community. All our departments have an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching and provide a home to some of the leading names in their fields.
All full-time campus-based postgraduate research students are provided with shared office facilities. All our research students have access to our extensive research training programme and to funding for conference travel. Many departments offer research students the opportunity to gain valuable experience of undergraduate teaching in the course of their studies and the University's Employability Services provide excellent support to all postgraduates, whether they wish to pursue a career in academia or to transfer the skills to other forms of employment.
Note that you will need to have received an offer of a place before your application for funding can be considered, so it is important to apply to the University as early as possible.
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships
In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University has access to 40 AHRC studentships per year over a 5-year period covering 2014-15 to 2018-19.
Applicants to Lancaster must be planning to study in one of the following NWCDTP-approved pathways (administering departments in brackets):
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 but have yet to receive a final offer, providing that such an offer has been made by Lancaster by, at the latest, 21 February 2014. When completing the AHRC studentship form, applicants should liaise with prospective supervisors.
Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWCDTP website, as are the application form and guidance notes. Applications should be made on the application form and should be sent to email@example.com.
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 2014-15 is 21 February 2014.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships
Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). 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.
Applicants must be planning to study in one of the following ESRC-approved pathways (relevant FASS programmes in brackets):
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. Applicants should apply directly to the NWDTC (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the appropriate form; guidance notes are available here. The deadline for applications is 3 February 2014.
Further information about the provision and funding offered by the NWDTC is available on the NWTDC website.
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. The full terms and conditions are available here.
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 2014-15 academic year.
Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students
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 here.
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 2014-15 academic year.
Eligibility: UK and EU students
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 2014 and January 2015. The full terms and conditions are available here.
Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students
Four RCUK HighWire (Digital Economy) PhD Studentships
Lancaster University is currently recruiting exceptional students with backgrounds in computing, design and management to join HighWire to understand and apply innovation to the digital economy. The studentships would be a 4-year PhD programme.
More information on the studentships and details of the application process for 2014 entry will be found, when available, at: http://highwire.lancaster.ac.uk/
Three DEMAND PhD Studentships
The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) will be awarding up to three +3 PhD studentships for Home/EU students, funded by EDF R & D (Paris). We will be looking for excellent students with strong social science backgrounds.
More information on the studentships and details of the application process will be found, when available, at http://www.demand.ac.uk
PhD Studentship on public health & policy (I.Family study, March 2014 start)
This three-year studentship, which is open to Home/EU students only, is to undertake doctoral research as part of the EU-funded project I.Family (http://www.ifamilystudy.eu). This is a cross-European research project investigating health determinants in European adolescents and their families, and Lancaster University is responsible for the ethical and policy implications of this research.
The studentship will commence on 1 March 2014 and run for three years. The deadline for applications is Monday 6 January 2014.
Further details, including the application procedure, are available at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/funding/IFamily.htm.
See individual departmental webpages for information on departmental awards:
University funding opportunities
In addition, 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:
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:
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.
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