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The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster is one of the largest in the UK and is listed 13th for Linguistics in the QS World University rankings. The postgraduate students who receive bursaries from the Department of Linguistics and English Language not only learn from but also contribute to the intellectual life of this dynamic research community. 

Please note that, for all awards, you must have already applied for and accepted an offer of a place on one of the relevant programmes.

Scholarship Details EligibilityDeadline 
ESRC North West Doctoral training Centre 1+3 studentships PhD Studentships, covering tuition and maintenance (UK & EU if resident in the UK for at least 3 years) or fees only (EU) for 3 years or 1+3 UK/EU only 3 February 2017
AHRC North West Doctoral Training Centre 1+3 studentships PhD Studentships, covering tuition and maintenance (UK & EU if resident in the UK for at least 3 years) or fees only (EU/Overseas) for 3 years or 1+3 UK/EU & Overseas 10 February 2017
1x Departmental MA Scholarships (Fees only) Tuition fees only scholarship.  UK/EU only  3 March 2017
Faculty Scholarships A number of scholarships are available for Masters degree, Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree. A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries, to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000. UK/EU & Overseas 3  March 2017
1x Geoffrey Leech Scholarship (Fees only) Tuition fees only scholarship.  UK/EU only 3 March 2017
The Peel Trust Studentship  Studentship open to Home, International, current students and applicants. Award up to an individual maximum of £2,500. UK/EU & Overseas 26th May 2017
Alumni Loyalty Scholarship Reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for Lancaster Alumni. All Alumni -

ESRC (NWSSDTP) Studentship (Masters + doctoral studentships (1+3))

Deadline: 3 February 2017
Eligibility: UK/EU only

1+3 Studentships, covering tuition and maintenance (UK & EU if resident in the UK for at least 3 years) or fees only (EU) for 1+3 years.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University is part of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster,  and Liverpool, awarding around 41 PhD studentships over a 6 year period and extensive research training. 

Guidelines as to how to apply and application forms can be found on the website. Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

Important: You need to have applied for and accepted an offer of a place on one of the relevant programmes by the deadline. 


AHRC (NWCDTP) studentships (Masters + doctoral studentships (1+3)

Deadline: 10 February 2017
Eligibility: UK/EU & overseas

1+3 Studentships, covering tuition and maintenance (UK & EU if resident in the UK for at least 3 years) or fees only (EU/Overseas) for 1+3 years.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University is part of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a 5 year period and extensive research training.  Guidelines as to how to apply for studentships are available. 

Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk.

Important: You need to have applied for and accepted an offer of a place on one of the relevant programmes by the deadline.


Departmental MA Scholarships (fees only)

Number of bursaries: 1
Eligibility: Open to UK/EU applicants only
Deadline: 3 March 2017
Download Application Form (MS Word)

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.

Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to postgraduatelinguistics@lancaster.ac.uk.

Award criteria: The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for a scholarship will be ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic ability (as evidenced by academic record and references)
  2. Suitability for the programme applied for
  3. Commitment to scholarship in the relevant field(s)
  4. Potential for contribution to scholarship and society more generally

Faculty Scholarships

Number of bursaries: A variety of scholarships will be awarded up to the level of a fees bursary plus £15,000 maintenance.
Eligibility: Open to UK/EU and Overseas applicants 
Deadline: 3 March 2017 

Faculty Research Scholarships Application Form (Word)

A number of Faculty Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships are available for students wishing to study for a Masters degree (Fees only), a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries, to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000..

Please see the faculty website for the relevant terms & conditions before applying: Faculty Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to postgraduatelinguistics@lancaster.ac.uk

Award criteria

The scholarships will be awarded by the faculty on a competitive basis. Candidates for a scholarship will be ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic ability (as evidenced by academic record and references)
  2. Suitability for the programme applied for
  3. Commitment to scholarship in the relevant field(s)
  4. Potential for contribution to scholarship and society more generally

Geoffrey Leech Scholarship (fees only)

Number of bursaries: 1
Eligibility: Open to UK/EU applicants only
Deadline: 3 March 2017
Download Application form (MS Word)

The Geoffrey Leech Scholarship is only open to UK/EU applicants. The value of the award will be equivalent to the UK/EU tuition fees. This scholarship for MA study was set up by the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster to mark the retirement of Professor Geoffrey Leech. Geoff Leech is one of our most eminent and long-serving colleagues, and internationally renowned for his pioneering work in modern English grammar, stylistics, pragmatics and corpus linguistics. As co-author of the Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language and the Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English, he is one of the foremost authorities on the English language. The scholarships are for study on any of the MA programmes on any of our MA programmes, both campus-based and by distance.

Applications should be made on the appropriate application form and should be sent to postgraduatelinguistics@lancaster.ac.uk.

Award criteria

The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates for a scholarship will be ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic ability (as evidenced by academic record and references)
  2. Suitability for the programme applied for
  3. Commitment to scholarship in the relevant field(s)
  4. Potential for contribution to scholarship and society more generally
  5. Financial need. Please include enough detail about your financial situation to allow the Department to assess your need. All applications will be treated confidentially.

The Peel Trust Studentship

The Peel Studentship Trust was established in 1964, by donations from the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust. The awards are available for the support of students for first or higher degrees, in any subject. The period of the award is one academic year, although students can apply each year. The value of the award is determined by the Trustees in each case, up to an individual maximum of £2500.

Deadline: 26th May 2017

Financial support and awards


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

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; or Goenka Institution India) or
  • Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme

You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements. For more information please see Scholarships & Bursariess


Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In November 2015 the UK Government confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year.

For full details see Postgraduate Loan Scheme - Masters.


How to Apply

Please note that, for all awards, you must have already applied for and accepted an offer of a place on one of the relevant programmes.

Please check carefully the instructions for each award about how to apply. For applications that require you to submit to your admitting department please return your completed application form to the address below.

Mrs Marjorie Wood
Postgraduate Secretary
Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YL
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 01524 593028
E-mail: postgraduatelinguistics@lancaster.ac.uk