Funding for postgraduate research programmes

PhD Funding Opportunities, 2022-2023 entry

Doctoral projects in Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews

The School of Modern Languages welcomes PhD applications in a wide range of research areas across its seven language departments (Arabic & Persian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) and Comparative Literature programme.

With research active members of staff, the School of Modern Languages has a vibrant research culture which spans a wide range of national cultures and cross-disciplinary themes including:

  • creativity and performance
  • history, politics and society
  • medieval and early modern studies
  • medical humanities and cultures of science
  • postcolonial and transnational studies
  • translation studies and linguistics
  • gender and sexuality studies
  • memory studies.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 the School was ranked first in Scotland in terms of its publications with over 83% of its outputs rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Funding opportunities

The School offers a limited number of PhD scholarships and fee waivers and supports applications to a number of funding schemes.

We warmly welcome expressions of interest from students planning to apply to the Scottish Graduate School in Arts and Humanities.

Early application is essential so if you would like your proposal to be considered for submission to the SGSAH AHRC PhD scholarship competition you should apply by 25 November 2022. The application process involves several stages and we recommend that you contact us as early as possible to discuss your ideas. Please request the pre-selection template from the School of Modern Languages (modlangs@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Other sources of support include Carnegie PhD Scholarships. To view all scholarships currently available please visit the University of St Andrews Postgraduate funding pages.

School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarships

The School of Modern Languages offers a limited number of PhD scholarships (covering tuition fees and an annual stipend paid at the standard UKRI rate) to new entrants based on academic merit and financial need for the full tuition fee-paying duration of their postgraduate study programme. Please note that you must have applied for external funding in order to be considered and have submitted your PhD application by the deadline of 6 January 2023.

How to apply

You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.  Please note that you must have applied for external funding in order to be considered. Applicants should apply online as per the normal University application process. All eligible applications submitted before 6 January 2023 will be considered for the award.

The School is also pleased to invite applications for the following scholarships in Hispanic Studies

Luciano Miller Handsel Scholarship

The Luciano Miller Handsel Scholarship is a three-year award, paying £17,000 per year towards maintenance costs incurred by the award holder and is accompanied by a tuition fee waiver.

The Scholarship will be available to students wishing to undertake a PhD in Latin American studies within the School of Modern Languages and, if possible, preference will be given to students wishing to work in Argentinian studies. 

The award is open to entrants commencing PhD studies in September 2023, or January 2024. Preference will be given to students commencing in September 2023.

Eligibility:

Students of any nationality wishing to undertake a PhD in Latin American Studies within the School of Modern Languages are eligible to apply. Postgraduate students undertaking a PhD in Latin American studies within the School of Modern Languages are also eligible to apply. The award is open to entrants commencing PhD studies in September 2023, or January 2024.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial need or demonstrated merit as determined by the School of Modern Languages.

How to apply

You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship. Applicants should apply online as per the normal University application process, and indicate interest in the scholarship in their personal statement. Applications submitted before 16 May 2023 will be considered for the award.

LJ Woodward Memorial Scholarship

The LJ Woodward Memorial Scholarship is a three-year award, paying £1,500 per year. The successful applicant may also be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.

This postgraduate scholarship is awarded in memory of L J “Ferdy” Woodward, who initiated Spanish at the University of St Andrews in 1949.

The Memorial Scholarship is available for the 2023-2024 academic year for postgraduate students in the Department of Spanish.

Eligibility:

Postgraduate students in the Department of Spanish (2023/24 entry) are eligible to apply.

Applications will be assessed on the strength of their research proposals and academic merit.

How to apply

You do not need to submit a separate application for this scholarship.  Applicants should apply online as per the normal University application process. All eligible applications submitted before 1 February 2023 will be considered for the award.

To find out more about funding opportunities, please go to the University of St Andrews Scholarships for research postgraduate programmes web page.

Paid Part-time Teaching

School's PhD candidates may be offered part-time teaching opportunities once they have completed the in-house teacher training programme.

To discuss potential applications and find out about the support we can give applicants, as well as for advice on expertise available in the School and enquiries about self-funded projects, please contact Professor Derek Duncan at langsdopgr@st-andrews.ac.uk