Postgraduate research scholarship - European culture and language

Updated: over 3 years ago
Location: Canterbury, ENGLAND
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Paris (MA scholarship)

A scholarship fund worth over £15,000 was available to applicants wishing to study a taught MA at the University of Kent at Paris starting in September 2013.

  • View full details and how to apply on the Paris Scholarships page [1]

The deadline has now passed for 2013-14 but please check this page again in early 2014 for information about funding opportunities for 2014-15.

Heritage Management, Athens (MA scholarship)

The following scholarships are specifically applicable to this programme:

  • Fulbright Foundation Grant for US students.
  • Bodossaki Foundation scholarships - one half scholarship for non-Greek students and two full (or four half) scholarships for applicants of Greek nationality or descent.
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholarship, a variety of half-fees, full-fees and comprehensive scholarships designed to support students from the developing world.

For further details on these awards, see MA in Heritage Management programme information [2].

Arts and Humanities Research Council- CHASE (PhD scholarship)

The School of European Culture and Languages, as part of the Faculty of Humanities, is proud to be part of the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). For further information about the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England please visit the CHASE website [3].

Full AHRC funding for Home/EU students is available from the new consortium. There will be 75 AHRC-funded CHASE studentships available in 2014/15 across the entire consortium. Candidates will have to apply for a place on one of our PhD programmes as early as possible and no later than 31 January 2014 to be considered for a CHASE studentship. Contact details for and information about potential supervisors can be found via the School of European Culture and Languages [4].

The CHASE selection process has three stages:

  • Stage 1: All applications for PhD study received by the School before 31 January 2014 will be considered for submission to the CHASE selection process. Please note that while 31 January is the official deadline, you need to have received an offer from Kent before you can be considered for CHASE funding. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to apply earlier, ideally before 15 January 2014
  • Stage 2: Candidates longlisted for the CHASE competition by the School will be interviewed by a Kent selection panel in February (dates to be advised). The exact format and timeline for the interview and the selection process are currently under review. Details will be published on this website as soon as they are available. After the interview, a Faculty panel will take a decision on a final Kent shortlist of candidates for the overall CHASE competition involving all other institutions.
  • Stage 3: The final Kent shortlist will go forward on 28 February 2014 to the CHASE selection panel, which will be made up of members representing all seven CHASE partners. This panel will consider shortlisted candidates across the consortium. All candidates will be informed on 16 April 2014 about the outcome of their applications.

Further details, including the CHASE application form and a set of guidance notes on the application process (which will be made available to longlisted candidates only), will be available here shortly.

50th Anniversary Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarships (PhD)

In preparation for the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Kent has established an additional 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Known as Kent’s 50th Anniversary Scholars, successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.

The School of European Culture and Languages is delighted to be able to offer five SECL 50th Anniversary Graduate Teaching Assistantships for new PhD students starting in the academic year 2014-15:

  • The following fields are covered: Classical and Archaeological Studies, Comparative Literature, English Language and Linguistics, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
  • These scholarships cover full home/EU fees plus a maintenance grant and a salary which will total an amount equivalent to that offered by the Research Councils for 2014
  • The scholarships will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance
  • Recipients will be expected to undertake four hours of teaching per week over the three years of the award.


SECL Graduate Teaching Assistantships will be awarded to outstanding applicants able to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, excellent communication skills, and the potential to make a strong contribution to their chosen field of research. Candidates must:

  • Hold a good honours degree (First or 2.1) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent
  • Hold an offer of a place on a full-time doctoral research degree in the School of European Culture and Languages for the academic year commencing September 2014
  • Have a high-quality research proposal
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, suited to undergraduate teaching
  • The SECL GTA competition is open to UK, EU and overseas fee-paying students.

How to apply
  • Candidates must make a formal application [5] to study on a SECL doctoral programme, by 31 January 2014.
  • Candidates must then send a supporting statement, not exceeding 1,000 words, outlining why they feel they are suitable to be awarded a SECL Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
  • The supporting statement should be sent to the SECL Postgraduate Coordinator, Jacqui Martlew: Email: [6]
  • For full terms and conditions of the GTA awards, please see the University of Kent's scholarships [7] webpages.

Note that these scholarships are only open to new students. Any current PhD students within SECL should check this website in June 2014 to see whether new scholarships for current students are announced.

All unsuccessful CHASE applicants will be automatically considered for the 50th Anniversary Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Language Lector Scholarships (Taught MA)

French, German, Spanish, Catalan and Portugese Lector Graduate Teaching

SECL is pleased to be able to offer Language Lector Graduate Teaching scholarships. These scholarships are offered in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) which will cover:

  • 100% of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for a postgraduate programme within the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL)
  • A combined maintenance grant and salary, for the 2013-14 academic year this was £6,643.84 for the 24-week teaching period from the end of September until early April
  • Language Lectors teach for at least 20 of these 24 weeks and will be expected to teach 10 hours a week.

  • The scholarship is open to candidates who have made an application for any one of the taught MA programmes (except programmes taught in Paris or Athens) in SECL in an area related to the language they will be teaching
  • Candidates must hold a first-class or upper second-class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (or have reached an appropriate point in their University education to be accepted onto a UK Master’s degree)
  • Candidates must be a native speaker of French, German, Spanish, Catalan or Portugese
  • Candidates must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral and ideally some experience of language teaching
  • The SECL Language Lector GTA scholarship is open to UK, EU and overseas fee-paying students.

How to apply
  • Candidates must make a formal application to study [8] on a SECL taught Master’s or PhD programme to commence their studies in September 2014
  • Candidates must also send a CV and a supporting statement, not exceeding 500 words, outlining why they feel they are suitable to be awarded a Language Lector GTA scholarship
  • The supporting statement and CV should be sent to [9]
The deadline for application will be in May 2014 (the precise date is to be confirmed). Candidates may be interviewed over the telephone as appropriate.

Other scholarships (PhD)

Alumni Research Scholarship

Funded by alumni and friends of the University, the scholarship is open to applicants from any subject. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, achievements to date in their chosen field, communication skills and contribution to the life of the University community.

  • Further information on the Alumni Research Scholarship [10].

European Jointly Supervised PhDs (Co-tutelles)

A scholarship for one full-time PhD student, who will spend two years at Kent and one year at a university in another EU member state or accession country, being jointly supervised by both institutions.

  • Further information on European Jointly Supervised PhDs (Co-tutelle) [11].

The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships

Scholarships of up to £10,000 each (to include tuition fees) will be offered for one year in support of a sustained period of research while in the USA. During this year, the scholarship holders must be registered on a full-time postgraduate research degree at the University of Kent.

In exceptional circumstances, the scholarship holders may be invited to re-apply for a further one year’s funding. These scholarships are aimed at full-time postgraduate students whose area of research has an American element and/or where the centre of expertise or an important source of research material is located in the United States of America.

  • Further information on The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarships [12]

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