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Postgraduate - PhD Fees and funding

There are a wide range of possible sources of studentships, scholarships and bursaries you will need to begin your enquiries in good time to meet deadlines.

Quite a lot of our postgraduate students are externally funded. Our students have been supported by governments, grants from funding bodies, sponsors, and private sources too. We highly recommend applicants applying for the funding below also look externally for funding.

Funding opportunities:

Opportunities for the 2015/16 academic year can be found below.

Further studentships for Overseas and EU/UK applicants may become available later in the year. Any eligible applicant with a pending or accepted online application will be sent the details if they become available.

ESRC FUNDING - NorthWest Doctoral Training Centre

Closing Date: 2 February 2015 (5pm)

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). These scholarships cover tuition and maintenance. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions. Students will normally have been offered a place prior to their studentship application. 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.
The pathways available in Sociology are:

  • 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)

Eligibility: +2, 1+3 or +3 funding: UK students eligible for full funding (fees and living expenses) EU students’ fees only funding. EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for full funding.

Deadline: 2 February 2015

It is important that applicants inform the department of their intention to apply for ESRC funding as soon as possible.

Students will normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to their studentship application. 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. 

Due to the competative nature of this funding opportunity usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their MA would be accepted.

 The application process:

  • Applicants should initially contact Cat Prill (, 01524 593148) to register their interest in applying.

    Application forms and full application guidelines can be downloaded from the NWDTC website. The completed application form must be submitted to Cat by email by 2 February 2015 (5pm)
  • Please forward Cat a copy of your draft research proposal. The 2 page PhD proposal should outline the topic of the doctoral research, key research questions, and the proposed methodology. Prospective supervisors of applicants will help applicants shape this proposal. This proposal should be 2 sides of A4 in length (excluding references).
  • Staff will help applicants identify suitable doctoral supervisors within the Department, however we encourage applicants to make contact with potential supervisors as soon as possible.
  • Applicants for the studentships need to apply to the University via the online system This can be a lengthy process, so candidates should start the application process as early as possible. Those applying for 1+3 must submit a 2015 MA application and a 2016 PhD application.

Contact Cat Prill if you have any further questions.

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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships - Cultural Studies Pathway

Closing Date: 13 February 2015 (5pm)

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.

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.

Further details and the AHRC applicaiton form can be found here.

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The Peel Trust Studentships

Closing date: 29th May 2015

Financial awards of up to £2,500 for applicants who will be aged 21 or over on the first day of their course. The awards are based on academic merit and financial hardship.

Further information, and an application form can be found here.

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University funding pages

For details of other departmental and university funding opportunities, please visit the University postgraduate funding web pages.

Please also see the University Postgraduate Funding Database powered by 'Postgraduate Studentships


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Other opportunities

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 operates a 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 the Department for International Development.

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Undergraduate Teaching

Most graduate students at Lancaster do a certain amount of undergraduate teaching during their study, paid at a generous hourly rate.

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Further Information

If you require further information about fees and funding, please contact Rachel Verrall at:

Sociology Postgraduate Admissions
Dept of Sociology
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: + 44 (0)1524 593148


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