Funding Opportunities for Research Students

Money on a graphThere 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.

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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 Case Studentship ESRC CASE Doctoral Award: “Phraseological competence in spoken L1 and L2 English: Using corpus methods to inform language testing“. The studentship covers full-time academic fees and provides a yearly stipend (£14,553) for eligible candidates UK/EU only 9 April 2018 (5pm GMT)
AHRC Studentship Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree. Covering tuition and maintenance (UK applicants) or fees only (EU applicants). UK/EU only 9 February 2018 (5pm GMT)
ESRC (NWSSDTP) studentship Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree. Covering tuition and maintenance (UK applicants) or fees only (EU applicants). UK/EU only 5 February 2018 (5pm GMT)
Faculty Research 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 2 March 2018 (5pm GMT)
ESRC Case Studentship 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 10 November 2017

ESRC Case Studentship - “Phraseological competence in spoken L1 and L2 English: Using corpus methods to inform language testing”

Deadline: Monday, 9th April 2018, 5pm (UK time)
Eligibility: UK/EU only

ESRC CASE Doctoral Award at Lancaster University: “Phraseological competence in spoken L1 and L2 English: Using corpus methods to inform language testing”.

Applications are invited to undertake a fully-funded, full-time three-year PhD studentship to be held at Lancaster University, beginning in October 2018. The PhD studentship is funded by the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP) and will be undertaken in collaboration between Lancaster University (the Department of Linguistics and English Language) and Trinity College London.

For full details please see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/phd-studentship/


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

Deadline: 9 February 2018 (5pm GMT)
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 on the faculty website: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

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.


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

Deadline: 5 February 2018 (5pm GMT)
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, FAQs and application forms can be found on the Faculty Website: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships.
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. 


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: 2 March 2018 (5pm GMT)

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

ESRC Case Studentships

Deadline: 10 November 2017
Eligibility: UK/EU only

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.

These studentships also funded through the NWSSDTP are for collaborative partnerships with non-Higher Education Institution partners. The studentships are fees and maintenance (UK & EU if resident in the UK for at least 3 years and fulfilling other criteria) or fees only (other EU). There is considerable information in the guidance notes about priority areas; in some circumstances for example interdisciplinary research may attract an enhanced stipend.  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. 


EAP Studentship Award

We are not currently recruiting new award-holders for the EAP Studentship Award. We are likely to invite applications for this award during the 2018/19 academic year to start in October 2019 (though we may consider requests for an earlier start).

The Department of Linguistics and English Language (LAEL) at Lancaster University is looking for a PhD student to receive the EAP Studentship award, which covers fees at the UK/EU level and includes a maintenance bursary. The award-holder would take part in the management and coordination of the English for Academic Purposes (Study Skills) and Study Start Programmes, which run every summer in August and September.

Please note that you must have received an offer to study as a PhD student at Lancaster in order to apply for the award.