School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

How to apply

How to apply

You should apply for your place with us via the online portal by 1700 on 19 January 2020. 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 6 March 2020)

Before applying, please read our PhD scholarship guidance to applicants 2019-20 [PDF 143KB], which will help you to complete your applications. The guidance is relevant to all applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences, regardless of subject area.

Candidates for the BAME studentships must make an additional application to be considered for these awards. This will consist of:

  1. Your ID number from your application to a PhD programme at QMUL
  2. Diversity monitoring information (via a questionnaire)
  3. short statement of no more than 500 words detailing the challenges you have experienced pursuing your research

All these elements should be entered or uploaded to an online application tool administered by Queen Mary's Doctoral College, by 17:00 on 19 January 2020.

If you have already applied to QMUL to begin a PhD programme in September 2020, 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 appropriate School, giving the ID number from your application.

If you have already begun your PhD programme, you should email the Director of Graduate Studies in the appropriate School, 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 Faculty panel will evaluate applications on the basis of the following criteria and weightings:

  • Quality of proposal (40%) – 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 (20%) – 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 (20%) – 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
  • School ranking (20%)

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 2020, 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 (£17,009 p.a. full-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.