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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.

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.

New taught postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews will receive an email with instructions on how to access the catalogue, and using study application login details via the My Application portal you can also access 'My Scholarships and Funding'. Applicants to postgraduate research courses will instead receive an email containing a unique link to scholarships and funding, although current and returning St Andrews students can access scholarships and funding through MySaint.

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


Masters Level Scholarships for School of English Students

FMLS Scholarship

This £7,500 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.

The Urquhart Scholarship

This award covers a UK tuition fee waiver equivalent (worth £7,500 in 2017-18). It is open to Home/EU and Overseas students.

Research Scholarships for School of English Students

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. One award is available for an entrant in 2018-19.

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 2018-19.

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. Up to four awards will be made available for 2018-19 entrants.

The Professor A F Falconer PhD Scholarships

One UK fee waiver equivalent award (£4,195 in 2017-18) will be available under this endowment scheme for an entrant in 2018-19. 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 £1,500 per annum over 3 years, plus a £500 research trip allowance. Applicants 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.

Berry Scholarship in Renaissance Studies

The School of English at St Andrews is pleased to invite applications for this PhD scholarship. The Berry Scholarship in Renaissance Studies covers home tuition fees (currently around £4200) and a living allowance of approximately £20,000 per year, over the course of three years (up to a total of £80,000). Highly qualified applicants with previous studies in early modern literature are eligible to apply; applicants from Scotland are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will begin study in September 2018 or September 2019. Further information can be found here: Berry Scholarship in Renaissance Studies (PDF, 517 KB). Please note the earlier deadlines for this award.

SGSAH (AHRC) Doctoral Awards

The University of St Andrews is part of a consortium of 8 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, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art - 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 urgently, 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 25 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 1 November in order to meet the later separate scholarship application deadline date of 15 November. Further information can be found at:

St Leonard's Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The School of English and the School of Psychology and Neuroscience are pleased to announce this St. Leonard's Scholarship for a fully-funded PhD on "Literary and Social Representations of Intimate Violence in Contemporary Scotland". Interested candidates with a strong track-record in English and Psychology are invited to apply. The project will be supervised by Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri, a Lecturer in the School of English who specialises in cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict; and Dr Kate Cross, a Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience who specialises in sex/gender differences in risky and aggressive behaviour.

Please read and follow the application procedures for the School of Psychology but do note that your application needs to demonstrate ability and experience in both English and Psychology.

More details can be found at:

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.