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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 main funding schemes, London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) studentships and the University’s own Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships. Both schemes are open to UK and international (including EU) applicants. They have different application routes, explained below.

AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Applicants who wish to be considered for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentship must apply directly to the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), the doctoral consortium of which Queen Mary is part. The studentships are open to suitably qualified applicants of all ages and backgrounds, for full- or part-time study. The deadline for applications is 5 February 2021. The studentships cover fees at the UK rate as well as a stipend. International applicants will have to make up the difference between the home and international fee. Further details and the application form can be found here.

You must have the support of a primary supervisor and the name of a second supervisor before you apply to LAHP.

Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships

Each year Queen Mary offers a number of Postgraduate Research Studentships to highly qualified PhD applicants. They 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 be automatically considered for a Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentship if they indicate on their application that they wish to be considered. Please note that there is no separate application form for the studentship. You must submit your PhD application via the online portal 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.

Guidelines for applicants, including assessment criteria, can be found here. The awards, which are also known as Principal’s Studentships, are administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

Please note that these awards are also open to existing PhD students in their first year of a full-time study or their first two years of part-time study.

BAME Studentships for UK 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 will be offering two fully-funded PhD studentships to UK 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  can be found here (see HSS PhD Studentships - Funding Info).

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.