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The School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Funding

The School of Modern Languages provides a number of awards to support postgraduate studies, at both Masters and PhD level. Information on how to apply to study a postgraduate degree at the University of St Andrews can be found here.

The School of Modern Languages is home to a lively international postgraduate community. At the moment around 50 students from all over the world are reading for taught or research degrees in an exceptional variety of areas, including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Comparative Literature, as well as Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies and Cultural Identity Studies.

Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests can be found at Enquiries about PhD supervision and funding may be made to Prof Mary Orr at

Applications should follow instructions given on the University website: and administrative contacts can be found on the School of Modern Languages pages:

PhD Funding Opportunities, 2018/2019

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews welcomes applications from outstanding PhD candidates in all areas of research currently offered by the School – from Medieval to the Contemporary and periods between – to join our vibrant international postgraduate community. Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests can be found at:

All applications to study for a PhD with us are made via the University portal:

For 2018-19 entry, we offer the following scholarships:

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities (History, Literature, Languages)

This scheme is open to International as well as EU/Home applicants. Full details of the application process here:

Applications must be submitted with all required supporting documents no later than 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

St Andrews belongs to the Scottish Graduate School, a consortium of Higher Education institutions which awards AHRC funding to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland:      

AHRC scholarships cover both fees and a stipend for successful applicants who satisfy the UK eligibility criteria.

There is an internal selection process leading to nomination by St Andrews to the SGSAH. The deadline for applicants in Modern Languages wishing to be considered for nomination is Friday 5 Jan. 2018, and you must also have made an application to study for a PhD with us by then.

Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships

The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honours undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. Further information is available at:

St Andrews conducts an internal selection process leading to nomination to the Carnegie Trust.  The deadline for applicants in Modern Languages wishing to be considered for nomination is Friday 26 Jan. 2018, and you must have made an application to study for a PhD with us by then.

School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarships

We invite applications for TWO fully-funded PhD scholarship (EU/Home fees plus £10k per annum maintenance) via the standard University application route at the link above. Please specify that you wish to be considered for these scholarships.

The closing date is Friday 5th January 2018.

International PhD student applicants to the School of Modern Languages Scholarships, and for PhD study independently of this scheme may also be eligible for the University’s St Leonard's Scholarships,covering the difference between home and international fees. The strategic fit of the proposed research to the School is a core selection criterion.

The closing date for St Leonard’s Scholarship applicants is 30 January 2018.

Additionally the School of Modern Languages proactively welcomes interdisciplinary PhD applicants – in the cross-cultural nineteenth century, in the literatures of science and medical humanities, in the contemporary among others.

The contact for enquiries for St Leonards Scholarships and Interdisciplinary PhD study is Professor Mary Orr, Director of Postgraduate Research:

We look forward to your application to study for a PhD with us.

St Leonard's Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship: The Politics of Literature (Social Anthropology & Modern Languages)

PhD Supervisors: Dr Adam Reed (Social Anthropology) & Dr Elodie Laügt (Modern Languages)

Funding status: PhD scholarship (3 years funding, full time, 100% UK/EU or Overseas fee waiver with maintenance stipend of approx.. £14,553/year (equivalent to a RCUK stipend); fourth years fees would also be paid if necessary, though no stipend for a fourth year.

Title: St Leonard’s Interdisciplinary PhD scholarship in Social Anthropology & Modern Languages with the theme of The Politics of Literature.

The start date is September 2018.

Deadline for application: Friday 16th March 2018.

The scholarship theme, entitled ‘The Politics of Literature’, offers an exciting and original opportunity for an outstanding graduate to develop an interdisciplinary PhD project between Social Anthropology and Modern Languages. Supervised jointly by Dr Adam Reed (Social Anthropology) and Dr Elodie Laügt (Modern Languages), the scholarship holder will participate in the conventional track for a PhD student in both Social Anthropology and in Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews. In considering the theme of The Politics of Literature, we invite applicants to propose a project combining an innovative critical analysis of literature with an anthropological fieldwork project that will locate the scholarship holder in a specific socio-cultural context where the politics of literature matters to people. Applicants should consider questions not just about language as medium of cultural exchange but also about the cultural acts of literary composition, the nature of reception and other social relationships drawn out and identified around the enactment of literature. How do the various ways of defining literature as ‘political’ function in relation to specific cultures in which texts sit? How do readers and other actors make sense of the gap that exists between the politics of the author and the politics of literature? These questions could be explored by examining a specific example of a contemporary literary culture for which the politics of the author have become identified as a problem, either because the politics makes popular readers feel uneasy or because the author has been publicly or critically identified as politically suspect. A typical example might be a literary society in support of a living or dead author with a biography attached to historical fascism, to slavery or colonialism; however, we welcome alternative approaches grounded in the choice of a particular fieldsite (applicants might consider, for instance, working not just with societies of readers or writers, but with publishers, critics, journalists or even campaigners or activists invested in the politics of literature). Since this is an experimental inter-disciplinary project, the PhD student will also be asked to overtly reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of combining methodologies from Social Anthropology and Modern Languages (such as conventional forms of critical analysis and literary theory with an ethnographic study and conventional kinds of anthropological questioning), and in particular to reflect on what each discipline may gain from adding a new repertoire of questions to its methodology.


The successful candidate will normally hold a first-class undergraduate degree and a merit at Masters degree level in either Social Anthropology or Modern Languages, or related fields (we will consider applicants with a wider background in English or Comparative Literature and in Cultural Studies, Cultural Geography or Sociology).

Candidates should have strong communication and organizational skills with a passionate interest in carrying out ethnographic research on issues clearly identifiable as relating to the politics of literature. They should also be willing to participate in the wider activities of PhD and research life in Social Anthropology and Modern Languages at St Andrews. While it is not required that candidates have an existing background in both academic disciplines, they should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the scholarship theme and a willingness to learn from both disciplines.


Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact either Dr Adam Reed ( or Dr Elodie Laügt ( for further information about the interdisciplinary theme of The Politics of Literature in advance of submitting applications.

Applications should be sent to or before Friday 16th March 2018 with the message title ‘Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship application: The Politics of Literature’. The following documents must be attached to the applications in three separate files:

1)     A research proposal that explains how they would carry out the PhD project and address the theme of The Politics of Literature. The proposal will include information on the proposed location or site of fieldwork, on mixed-methodology strategies, possible theoretical developments for Social Anthropology and Modern Languages and relevant literature (maximum 3000 words).

2)     A full curriculum vitae with detailed information on degree results and language skills [where relevant], with the names and contact details of two academic referees familiar with your work available to be contacted.

3)     A writing sample (e.g. essay or MA dissertation chapter) showing the applicant’s ability to explore lines of questioning from Social Anthropology or Modern Languages and/or to address issues around the politics of literature.

Short-listed candidates will be expected to make a university PhD application (at before being interviewed remotely via Skype at the beginning of April 2018 and results will be notified by mid-April.

Successful candidates will be expected to start in September 2018.

Masters Level 

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews warmly invites applications from outstanding graduates wishing to pursue a one-year taught (MLitt) or research masters, MSt (Res) programme, in one or more departments of the School.

The MLitt Modern Languages degree is a one-year programme and is awarded after successful completion of both the taught element (120 credits) and a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits). The following pathways are offered: 

The MSt (Res) in Modern Languages is a research-based Masters degree. You will engage in a full-time research project and write a supervised research dissertation of 30,000 words. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a shorter time in a research environment either for a standalone degree or as preparation for a PhD.

Masters Level Scholarships for School of Modern Languages Students, 2018-19 entry, for both MLitt and MSt (Res) degrees

4 FMLS Scholarships

These awards (covering fees only, up to £8,500) have been made available by the generosity of Forum for Modern Language Studies, 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.) 

  • Home/EU and Overseas students are eligible for this award.
  • Please note that no separate application is required for this scholarship.
  • If you wish to be considered for a Forum Scholarship, the deadline for applications is Friday 11 May 2018, 12 noon. 

2 Santander MLitt Scholarships (£5,000 each)

  • For residents in one of the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay, and USA.
  • There is no separate application form, but your application to study for an MLitt at St Andrews should reach us by Friday 11 May 2018, 12 noon.
  • A decision will be made shortly after this date. 

1 Santander-School of Modern Languages Mundus Scholarship (£8,000 + fees); 

This scholarship is for a student on the Master Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Programme: 

  • applicable to the year when the student is at St Andrews only
  • Fees for one year
  • Maintenance Mundus scholarship of £8,000 

A separate application is not necessary. Candidates who were unsuccessful in their application for an EU scholarship will automatically be considered for the above scholarship. The successful candidate will be notified by email following a meeting to consider the highest-ranking applications within two months of the decision to allocate EU scholarships.

Further information about postgraduate study in Modern Languages at St Andrews can be found at: 

Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests for MSt (Res) applicants can be found at:

Enquiries about these opportunities may be made to Professor Mary Orr at 

For information on funding opportunities which are not specific to the School please visit the pages on financing postgraduate studies provided by Postgraduate Recruitment and Admissions.

Paid Part-time Teaching

In the case of suitably qualified and/or experienced candidates, the Head of School will with appropriate consultation look carefully at the possibility of offering limited part-time paid teaching to doctoral students.