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Scholarships and Funding - 2015-16 entry

For entry in 2015-16 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.

 

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

Applications are now being accepted for studentships commencing 2015-16

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for 2015-16 entry. 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 is 23 January 2015 at the latest. 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 is 5.00 pm GMT on 13 February 2015.

 

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Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Applications are now being accepted for studentships commencing 2015-16

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):

  • 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 is 5.00 pm GMT on 2 February 2015.

 

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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 is 31 January 2015.

 

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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 2015-16 academic year.

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

 

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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 2015-16 academic year.

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

 

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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 here.

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

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:

  • 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.

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