How to apply
You should apply for your place at QMUL via the online portal by 5pm on 19 January 2022. On the online application form, you should indicate that you would like your application to be considered for the Principal's Studentship Competition. Early application is strongly advised. You must be accepted onto your chosen PhD programme by 24 February 2022.
Before applying, please read our Guidance to applicants 2022 [PDF 186KB] which will help you to complete your applications. The guidance is relevant to all applicants, regardless of subject area.
If you wish to apply for the BAME Studentships, you should specify this in the statement of purpose that will form part of your application.
If you have already applied to QMUL to begin a PhD programme in autumn 2022, you may revise the research proposal and statement of purpose that you previously submitted, to take account of our Guidance to Applicants. However, you are not required to do so. If you wish to submit revised documents, you should email them to the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, giving the ID number from your application.
If you have already begun a PhD programme at QMUL, you should email the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, giving your student ID number and supplying a research proposal and statement of purpose (length and contents as indicated in our Guidance to Applicants).
How your application will be assessed
Your application will be considered and ranked by a School selection panel. Selected applications will then be considered and ranked by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The School panel will evaluate applications on the basis of the following criteria and weightings:
- Quality of proposal (50%) – i.e. the significance and originality of the proposed research; its underpinning ideas, aims, and research questions; the research design, methodology, and/or sources; the suitability of the proposal for doctoral research; opportunities for dissemination and potential impact; and any ethical considerations that the proposal may raise
- Preparedness of applicant (25%) – i.e. previous academic achievements in relevant subject areas; any relevant professional/practitioner experience (particularly for applicants with non-standard academic trajectories); and relevant knowledge, skills, and/or training for the proposed research
- Feasibility of project (25%) – i.e. the project’s likely completion within the timeframe; the identification of training needs; justification of fieldwork and study visits; and fit with the expertise and interests of the two named supervisors
The Faculty panel will then evaluate applications on the basis of the following criteria and weightings:
- Quality of proposal (40%) – defined as above
- Preparedness of applicant (20%) – defined as above
- Feasibility of project (20%) – defined as above
- School ranking (20%)
At both School and Faculty levels, if two or more candidates are equally ranked, preference will be given to the candidate scoring more highly on the following criteria: quality of proposal; if still equal, preparedness of applicant; if still equal, feasibility of project.
Offers will be made to successful candidates in late March 2022, to be accepted or declined
within one week.
The studentships cover all tuition fees and provide a grant for living expenses at UK Research Council rates for London (c.£17,609 p.a. full-time, £8,804 part-time). Awards are made for the full duration of the period of fee liability for the agreed course. Please note that these awards cannot be deferred.