What about funding?


shree420The Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews invites applications for September 2019 entry to our PhD programme. Situated in Scotland’s most prestigious university—and one of the UK’s most beautiful university towns—our department maintains a vibrant and comprehensive research programme in global film cultures, with staff expertise ranging from early cinema to digital media and transnational film.

Our department, which earned first place for Film and Media programmes in the 2017 National Student Survey, also maintains one of the most robust Film Studies PhD communities in the UK, with approximately 21 students working a range of exciting topics and hailing from five continents. Our PhD students gain valuable experience through a number of initiatives such as the organization of an annual PG research conference, the editing of Frames Cinema Journal, and participation in numerous departmental and interdisciplinary events. Many PhD students also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in our subhonours tutorials.

The following funding opportunities are available for PhD applicants to Film Studies at St Andrews:

Carnegie PhD Scholarships

The Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. Candidates put forward for nomination by the department of Film Studies at St. Andrews should be of outstanding quality. Overseas applicants are also eligible, and if successful the difference between Home and Overseas fees will be met by the University.

Apply for a PhD place at St Andrews as soon as possible, and then complete the Carnegie PhD Scholarships application form available in the Scholarships & Funding catalogue (Fund) by the internal application deadline of 7 January 2019 and external deadline of 15 February 2019. Instructions for potential applicants are available on our Carnegie PhD Scholarships webpage: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/scholarships/carnegie-caledonian/

Full details about the scholarship are available on the Carnegie PhD Scholarships webpage: http://www.carnegie-trust.org/schemes/postgraduate-schemes/carnegie-caledonian-scholarships.html#background.

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of St Andrews is part of a block grant of AHRC studentships run in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). A select number of studentships will be available for PhD applicants living the UK and the European Union. Successful UK applicants will benefit from fees, stipend and significant maintenance funding. For successful EU applicants, the AHRC covers fees only. Full details and the application form are available on the SGSAH website http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/studentships/. Students wishing to apply for AHRC-SGSAH funding must first be accepted into our doctoral programme and pass an internal review before being put forward. Please note that in order to be eligible, applicants must have two academic co-supervisors. If you wish to apply for one of these awards through Film Studies at St Andrews, please consult our application instructions online and contact potential supervisors as soon as possible.
The internal deadline for applying is 14 January 2019 and the external deadline is 13 February 2019.
For further details, please visit: http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/prospective/dtp/


Wolfson Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

The Wolfson Foundation is pleased to offer three fully-funded doctoral scholarships for outstanding students looking to commence their doctoral degree in September 2019. Each scholarship is worth £84,000 covering both fees and maintenance costs for three years (full time registration) or six years (part time registration). The 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. Since 2012 the Wolfson Foundation has committed some £13 million to support doctoral studies in the humanities at UK universities distinguished by their research excellence.

These scholarships are open to UK/EU and international applicants. Applicants must hold a UK first class honours degree (or an equivalent international qualification) as well as a Masters degree in a field of study relevant to their proposed doctoral research. Applicants who have not at the date of application completed their Masters degree should be able to show evidence that they are on course to do before the start of the doctoral degree. Applicants must meet the standard English language entry requirements. Applicants must be able to start their doctoral degree in September 2019. Awards cannot be deferred to a later starting date. Scholarships are available in three disciplinary areas – broadly defined – that align with the Foundation’s interests: history, literature, and languages. It is expected that one studentship will be awarded in each of these three areas.

History: As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology.

Literature: As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory or film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). This does not include creative writing.

Languages: Research should be in applied languages other than English rather than linguistics. It may involve the study of literary or historical texts where these are in languages other than English. Students receiving scholarships under this stream may be based in non-languages departments – for example, history or anthropology departments.

The deadline for applying is 30 January 2019.

For further information, https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/scholarships/wolfson-postgraduate/


University of St. Andrews St Leonard’s College Postgraduate Scholarships

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarships: The St Leonard’s College Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarships are intended to promote interdisciplinary doctoral research and support cross-Faculty and cross-School collaborations.

International Doctoral Fees Scholarships: The St Leonard’s College International Doctoral Fees Scholarships are intended to support outstanding international students in any discipline who do not have sufficient funding to cover the international fee rate.

European Doctoral Stipend Scholarships: The St Leonard’s College European Doctoral Stipend Scholarships are intended to support outstanding European (excludes UK) students in any discipline who have been awarded a Research Council fees-only scholarship.

The deadline for applying is 30 January 2019.

For further details on these scholarship, including deadlines, please visit: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/stleonards/advice/staff/funding/


Pending funding

The Department of Film Studies might also offer a limited number of home/EU fee-waiver scholarships for PhD study starting in Fall 2018. These scholarships are open to all applicants. To be considered for internal scholarship funding, you must apply no later than 1 March 2019.


For enquiries about the PhD programme at St Andrews, please contact our Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr. Paul Flaig (filmdopg@st-andrews.ac.uk).

The best thing about doing a PhD in St Andrews is the ability to work closely with staff and get really involved in the department.

— Chelsea Wessels, PhD Student