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School of English and Drama

Funding and Awards

English at Queen Mary aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants.

How to apply for funding

There are two routes for applying for funding. UK and EU students may apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). UK, EU and overseas students may apply for Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships.

Further details are below.

AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Applicants who wish to be considered for an AHRC-funded studentship must apply directly to the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). The deadline for applications to LAHP is usually January 31 every year. Only home and EU applicants are eligible to apply for AHRC funding.

You must have the support of a primary supervisor in the Department of English at Queen Mary before you apply to LAHP.


Queen Mary Principal's Studentships


Each year Queen Mary offers a number of postgraduate research studentships to highly qualified PhD applicants. Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend of c.£17,000 (part-time £8,500). Studentships are tenable for up to three years. Applicants from the United Kingdom, European Union, and overseas are eligible to apply. We welcome applications in any area of the Department's research expertise as well as interdisciplinary projects with other departments.


The closing date for applications for September 2021 entry is 20 January 2021.


All candidates who are offered a place on our PhD programme will automatically be considered for a Principal’s Studentship; there is no separate application form. Please indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for a Studentship. You must submit your PhD application on the online application form and include a Research Proposal, Statement of Purpose, CV, degree certificates, transcripts, two references, and IELTS scores (if applicable). Candidates should hold a first-class or an excellent upper-second class Honours degree or equivalent, and would normally be expected to hold a Master’s degree.

For further guidance, see our How to Apply for a PhD page here.

BAME Studentships for UK/EU candidates

We encourage applicants from BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds who have been previously under-represented in this process.

For 2021 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences expects to offer two fully-funded PhD studentships to UK or EU applicants from a BAME background. These studentships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend of c.£17,000 (part-time £8,500). Awards are tenable for up to three years.

Further information about the BAME Studentships will be available shortly.    

Externally-Funded Awards

We welcome applications from prospective Commonwealth Scholars and candidates seeking other externally-funded awards.

Further information

For further information please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor David Duff:

See also the College page offering information on research studentships.