Funding Opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) provides a variety of funding opportunities for Masters students. The list below shows the opportunities that are relevant for Lingusitics and English Language students. 

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 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 4 February 2019
Faculty Scholarships Masters degree, Masters Degree followed by a PhD ("1+3"), or PhD degree
Ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000
UK/EU & Overseas 1 March 2019
Departmental MA Scholarships (Fees only) Tuition fees only scholarship. UK/EU only tbc
Geoffrey Leech Scholarship (Fees only) Tuition fees only scholarship.  UK/EU only tbc
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 Opens 1 March 2019
Deadline 24 May 2019
Alumni Loyalty Scholarship Reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for Lancaster Alumni. All Alumni Automatic consideration

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Deadline: 4 February 2019 (5pm GMT)
Eligibility: UK/EU only

For full details please see Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

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: 1 March 2019 (5 pm)

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

If you started your PhD between February and September, please contact Claire Nance to discuss eligibility for Faculty funding.

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

Applications should be made on the appropriate application form (Faculty Scholarship Application Form 2019) and should be sent to to the relevant departmental contact

Departmental MA Scholarships (fees only)

Deadline: tbc

Geoffrey Leech Scholarship (fees only)

Number of bursaries: 1
Eligibility: Open to UK/EU applicants only
Deadline: tbc

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

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.

Opens: 1 March 2019

Deadline: 24 May 2019

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate or postgraduate award achieved.

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.

Heidi Spencer
Postgraduate Coordinator
Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 01524 592099