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Funding for Postgraduate Study in Modern Languages

Posted on 02/12/2013

Funding for Doctoral Study at Royal Holloway

Postgraduate Research Funding:  AHRC and College Postgraduate Studentships available in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway University of London. PhDs in French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian, and in Comparative Literature and Culture.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is pleased to invite applications to its PhD programmes in Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture). You can find out more about the research environment and range of expertise we offer here:



Applicants for PhD are eligible to apply for both Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for Royal Holloway studentships through a single application process.  The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.techne-research.co.uk ), a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East led by Royal Holloway. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity. The training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum,Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is also able to recommend students for Royal Holloway studentships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver).  Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  In the main these will be awarded by a Faculty Panel to students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship.

How to apply

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:

Contact the Director of Graduate Studies (postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk) for an informal discussion of your research proposal and the supervision that might be available.

1.      If the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures agrees that the proposal may be suitable for a TECHNE or College studentship, complete both a College application form and a TECHNE application form. The deadline is 19 February 2014. The College application form is available from http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx and the TECHNE application form from http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/researchdegrees/feesandfunding/scholarships/ahrc.aspx

(Note that by completing the TECHNE application form students will be considered for both TECHNE scholarships and College scholarships.)

2.      When completed please send your TECHNE application form to postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk.

You should hear in early April whether the School will be forwarding your application for consideration by TECHNE.  If your application does go forward to TECHNE you will hear in early May whether or not it has been successful. Unsuccessful TECHNE applicants will be considered automatically for a College scholarship by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Masters funding

Funding for Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for Master of Arts by Research fee waivers and a Master of Arts by Research scholarship (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate with a maintenance grant of £5,000).

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in literature, film, cultural studies or the visual arts.  You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis.  As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join an energetic research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentship (RPM) - five (highly-competitive) studentships are available for students who need to build expertise in a new subject area before proceeding to doctoral study. NB it will be necessary tore-apply for a doctoral award.  Rates for 2013/14 are £11,585 for maintenance and £3,700 for fees (full time).  Any difference between College fees and the AHRC fees award is waived. If you think you may be eligible please speak to the Director of Graduate Studies (postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk).

For information on College scholarships available for PGTs (including the 3+1 and alumni scholarships for Royal Holloway students)please see http://www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/sourcesoffunding.aspx.

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies (postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk) .

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary.

Deadline for applications: 24th March 2014.


Further Enquiries

Please direct any further enquiries about Postgraduate Study in the School of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures to Dr Sarah Wright (sarah.wright@rhul.ac.uk).




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