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Funding for postgraduate applicants

The School of English offers a small number of awards for applicants to MLitt, MFA and PhD programmes. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit. For students who wish to be considered for funding, applications for study, including all supporting documents and references, must be received by 31 January each year, except where an earlier deadline is advertised. It is anticipated that awards will be allocated and results made known by the end of April.

Following submission of a study application, students should also apply separately through the Scholarships and Funding Catalogue for any available awards. Deadline dates and eligibility are separately listed for named individual awards within the catalogue, and students normally do not require to hold a study offer prior to application.

For enquiries relating to scholarships administered by the School of English, please contact:

The Postgraduate Administrator
School of English
The University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9AL


Accessing the Scholarship and Funding Catalogue

If you are a new applicant to the University of St Andrews, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the catalogue.

  • Applicants to postgraduate taught courses will be provided with login details for the ‘My Application’ portal with access to 'My Scholarships and Funding'.
  • Applicants to postgraduate research courses will receive a unique link directly to scholarships and funding.

If you are a current student at St Andrews, you can access scholarships and funding through MySaint, located under ‘My Applications’

Masters Level Scholarships for School of English Students

FMLS Scholarship

This £9,000 award has been made available by the generosity of the Forum of Modern Language Studies. Home/EU and Overseas students are eligible for this award. Please note that no separate application is required for this scholarship.

The Forum for Modern Language Studies is an academic journal owned by the University of St Andrews and published by Oxford University Press. Founded in 1965, the journal publishes articles on all aspects of literature, linguistics and culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day. It aims to reflect the essential pluralism of research in modern languages and to provide a forum for worldwide scholarly discussion. For more information on the journal, please visit the journal’s website.

St Leonard's Masters Widening Participation Scholarship

'There are also  Mlitt scholarships available from the university as part of our Widening Participation programme, for applicants with a Bachelor's degree from St Andrews and who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • been awarded a University of St Andrews means tested bursary at undergraduate level
  • been part of a widening access initiative at the University of St Andrews (such as a Sutton Trust Summer School)
  • joined the University of St Andrews under its contextual admissions arrangements

Preference will be given to applicants who meet two or more of the above criteria.

More information is available through:

Research Scholarships for School of English Students

George Buchanan PhD Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the School of English, in the sum of £5,000 per annum set directly against tuition fees. Home/EU and Overseas PhD entrant students are eligible for this award. Two awards will be made available for 2019-20 entrants.

The Professor A F Falconer PhD Scholarships

One UK fee waiver equivalent award (£4,260 in 2018-19) will be available under this endowment scheme for an entrant in 2019-20. All PhD entrants are eligible to apply.

Hargreaves Research Studentship

This award has been made possible by a generous donation from Mrs Jan Hargreaves, in memory of her husband, Geoff, former Rare Book Librarian and bibliographer, who also kindly donated a collection of early editions of the Brontës and other Victorian novelists to the University of St Andrews. The studentship covers a maintenance grant of up to £5,000 over the course of the study period. Applicants and current students from the UK, European Union and overseas are eligible to apply, but a stipulation of the award is that the student must undertake research in the area of Victorian bibliographical studies, which may include but not be limited to the Brontës.

Douglas Dunn MFA Scholarship

This £10,000 per annum award is funded by the School of English and will be set directly against tuition fees, with any remainder being paid as a maintenance award. Overseas, EU and Home MFA Year 1 entrant Creative Writing students are eligible. This award is not available in 2019-20.

Daniel Rutherford PhD Scholarship

A £10,000 per annum scholarship funded by the School of English which will be set directly against tuition fees, with any remainder being paid as a maintenance award. All entrant PhD students are eligible for this award. This award is not available in 2019-20.

SGSAH (AHRC) Doctoral Awards

The University of St Andrews is part of a consortium of 10 Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - composed of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

If you intend to apply for this award, please send an intimation of interest to by 15 December, confirming that you have checked your eligibility, noting whether you are applying as a UK or EU applicant, and listing the name of the potential supervisor with whom you have been communicating.

SGSAH application forms for all prospective School of English doctoral students should then be returned to by 10 January as nominees will be chosen from the pool of candidates who have submitted all necessary documentation and have supervisor support. A downloadable SGSAH application form, eligibility criteria, and further information about the application process is available at:

Completed PhD applications should be made via the University of St Andrews online application system by the earlier deadline of 4 January to ensure that assessments can take place within the short timeline available. However, you do not need to hold a study place offer prior to submission of the SGSAH application.

Applicants should also complete the internal SGSAH award registration requirement via the Scholarships and Funding Catalogue by 10 January.

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

These scholarships are funded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education, and the arts and humanities. We recommend that study place applications reach us by 15 December in order to meet the later separate scholarship application deadline date. Further information can be found at:

St Leonard's College Scholarships

Three university-wide scholarships are available for new doctoral students joining the university in 2019-20:

St Leonard's Research Widening Participation Scholarship

St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College is pleased to offer two fully-funded doctoral scholarships to support students who originally joined the University through one of our access schemes and want to continue to a postgraduate degree.

More information is available through:

External Funding

Recent School of English postgraduate students have been successful in obtaining funding from various external sources in order to study here, including AHRC, Carnegie, Commonwealth, Marshall, Ransome, Rotary, and Saltire to name a few. Additional opportunities are also available for eligible applicants.  Further information on some possible sources can be found here. Please note that external funding bodies will very often have different and often much earlier deadline dates for application.

For general information about any aspect of funding, please contact the Scholarships Office.