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AHRC AWARDS

To be eligible to apply for an AHRC award you must be ordinarily resident in the UK or European Union.

The AHRC Doctoral Awards Scheme: LAHP

Doctoral awards provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or up to five years of part-time study, to enable students to pursue and complete a programme of doctoral research and gain a doctoral degree. 

The AHRC expects full-time award holders to submit their doctoral thesis within four years of the start of their award. Part-time students should submit their thesis within seven years.

To be eligible to apply for an award under the Doctoral Awards Scheme, you should normally have gained a first degree from a recognised HEI and it is normally expected of you to have, or be studying for, a Master's degree or similar postgraduate qualification. A full award covers both the cost of tuition fees, up to the Research Council maximum, and a maintenance grant.

Arrangements for 2018-19

 

The AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) brings together three leading UK research organisations: King's College London (King's), the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and University College London (UCL). 

The LAHP AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership will fund up to 80 research studentships per year across the Arts and Humanities in the three partner institutions. Under the scheme it is possible for research students to have their two supervisors in different LAHP institutions. 

Applicants: please look at the LAHP website for details. You may also subscribe to the LAHP Twitter account for news updates.

How To Apply

For applicants in

  • Greek and Latin literature, language, ancient philosophy, reception
  • Ancient History (the Greco-Roman world)
  1. You should be in the process of applying for doctoral research at your chosen institution and have established your supervisor(s) before applying to LAHP for funding. It is important to contact potential supervisors as early as possible.
  2. The application system for LAHP funding will open on 27 November 2018 and close 21 January 2019 at midnight. Applications are made via the LAHP website.
  3. Applicants for LAPH funding must submit their PhD application to UCL Admissions by 10 January 2019 at the latest. Applications will only be considered if the applicant has been in contact with the Department in the normal way to discuss the research proposal and potential supervisors. This is part of the PhD admission process, and you need to allow enough time for this prior to submitting your application. Last-minute applications that have not been discussed will not be considered for funding. 
  4. Applicants in Greek and Latin literature, language, ancient philosophy, reception: please contact the Department of Greek and Latin to discuss your research proposal.
  5. Applicants in Ancient History: please contact the Department of History to discuss your research proposal.

The LAHP will contact successful applicants in mid-March 2019.


 

UCL GRADUATE SCHOOL AWARDS

Research Scholarships and Awards for graduate students

The UCL Graduate School offers scholarships to UK/EU students and for oversees students. Up to 15 UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships (GSRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL MPhil/PhD students from any country.

  1. You must have submitted an application to UCL for full-or part-time MPhil/PhD research before you can apply. Your application to UCL will be used as the basis of your application for a scholarship.
  2. The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend of £17,050 per annum for full-time study. (Benefits are pro-rated for part-time students.) Scholarships are tenable during years 1, 2 and 3 of the MPhil/PhD programme, subject to annual review and renewal.
  3. Deadline: Friday 4 January 2019. Please send applications to Mr Robbie Macaulay in the Department of Greek and Latin. These awards are highly competitive and outstanding students only will be sponsored by the Department. Full details on how to apply are available on UCL Funding Page.
UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

UCL has set aside funding to provide around 40 research studentships for non-EU students annually (UCL Overseas Research Scholarships). As with the HEFCE scheme, the UCL-ORS will be available to overseas MPhil/PhD students and will cover the difference between the overseas and the current UK/EU tuition fees. UCL will cover the UK/EU fee element for UCL-ORS recipients who do not have any other fee funding.

Deadline: Friday 4 January 2019

Please send applications to Mr Robbie Macaulay in the Department of Greek and Latin. Full details are available on UCL Funding Page.


Wolfson Scholarships

With generous support of the Wolfson Foundation, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will be offering four fully-funded PhD studentships for students starting in September 2019. PhD research must be in a branch of history, literature or languages.

Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research.

  1. You must have submitted an application to UCL for full-or part-time MPhil/PhD research before you can apply. Your application to UCL will be used as the basis of your application for a scholarship.
  2. Studentships are open to UK/EU residents only. 
  3. Deadline: Friday 4 January 2019. Please send applications to Mr Robbie Macaulay in the Department of Greek and Latin. Referees should send references directly to Mr Macaulay. These awards are highly competitive and outstanding students only will be sponsored by the Department. You are advised to submit your  application for the PhD programme at UCL by mid-December 2017.
  4. Further details are available on the Faculty website.

UK Government loans

You may be able to get a Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609. (Students who take a loan are also eligible for any of the studentships listed below.)

  • Loans are generally available to UK nationals and residents only
  • Details are available here

Department of Greek and Latin Studentships

Please download a copy of the MA Greek and Latin Studentships application form. You need to return the application for a Greek and Latin department studentship by 30 June directly to the department MA Administrator, Alex Balciunas (a.balciunas@ucl.ac.uk) and to have applied by then through the central UCL admissions process for postgraduate study.

  • The Department of Greek and Latin is pleased to be able to support a number of MA students by contributions to their fees.
Stephen Instone Studentships in Classics
  1. Two annual awards of up to £4,000 may be granted to graduate students studying Greek or Latin literature.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate department studentship application both by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.

Stephen Instone (1954-2009) went to Westminster School and Balliol, and then Bedford College, London, where he completed a PhD on Pindar supervised by Martin West. His research interests varied widely over Greek religion, athletics, Homer and Pindar. He was a member of the department of Greek and Latin at University College London. Some of his publications included Greek Personal Religion: a reader (Aris & Phillips: Oxford 2009), Pindar: Selected Odes, ed. (Warminster, 1996), Some Divine Interventions in the Iliad', Eranos 99 (2003), 103-113, Essays for Theo Zinn, co.ed. (Leominster, 2006), 'Humour in Virgil', in Essays for Theo Zinn, co.ed. (Leominster, 2006),  'Origins of the Olympics', in Pindar's Poetry, Patrons and Festivals, edd. Hornblower and Morgan (Oxford, 2006), Pindar: The Complete Odes, co-ed. (Oxford, 2007), and Darkness my Light: Enigmatic Ajax', in Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M.L.West on his Seventieth Birthday, ed. P.Finglass (Oxford, 2007).

Stephen’s obituary in The Times Higher is accessible online. He was a much-loved colleague and teacher at UCL.

Bob Sharples Studentships in Classics
  1. Two annual awards of up tp £4,000 may be granted to graduate students studying Greek or Latin philosophy, language, or literature and its reception.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate department studentship application both by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.

Professor Robert William (Bob) Sharples (28 May 1949 - 11 August 2010) was a British educator and authority on ancient Greek philosophy. He was a member of the department of Greek and Latin at University College London for over 30 years, and won international distinction for his work in ancient philosophy, especially physics (or "natural philosophy") and in the Peripatetic tradition after Aristotle. His pioneering interest in previously under-studied figures such as Alexander of Aphrodisias led the way in the field. He was involved in the Theophrastus project directed by William Fortenbaugh and in running the series of Keeling Lectures and Colloquia in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy.

Lloyd and Hollier Studentships in Greek
  1. One annual award known as the Hollier Graduate Scholarship in Greek ( up to £4,000) may be granted to a graduate student studying ancient Greek; and one annual award (up to £4,000) known as the Lloyd Graduate Scholarship in Greek may be granted to a graduate student who is a citizen of Greece or Cyprus, and who is studying ancient Greek.  
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate departmental studentship application by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.
Bunnell Lewis Graduate Scholarship in Latin
  1. Two annual awards of up to £4,000 may be granted to an MA student studying Latin literature, language or philosophy and its reception.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate departmental studentship application by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.
Goldsmiths Graduate Scholarship in Greek
  1. Two annual awards of up to £4,000 may be granted to an MA student studying Greek or Latin literature, language or philosophy and its reception.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate departmental studentship application by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.
Malden Graduate Bursary in Greek
  1. One annual award of up to £4,000 may be granted to an MA student studying Greek literature, language or philosophy and its reception.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate departmental studentship application by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.
Otto Skutsch
  1. One annual award of up to £4,000 or two awards of up to £2,000 may be granted to an MA student studying any aspect of Latin.
  2. To be considered, students must have submitted centrally a completed application for admission to postgraduate study in the Department of Greek and Latin and a separate departmental studentship application by 30 June each year.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the departmental decision in July each year.
  4. Payment is made in October to offset fees.

Otto Skutsch (1906-1990) was an eminent Latinist and son of the classical scholar Franz Skutsch. Otto Skutsch has described himself as a 'specialist in the metre and language of Latin comedy, the fragments of early Latin epic, and the formal aspects of classical poetry'. Indeed he has published mainly on early Roman drama and epic as well as on metrical and linguistic questions. He is best known today for his edition of the fragments of the Annals of Ennius, Rome's first historical epic; this edition was published after many decades' work in 1985 and is still highly regarded. Otto Skutsch was born and educated in Germany, where he completed his PhD in Göttingen in 1932 (thesis published in 1934). Due to the changing political landscape he left Germany for the British Isles around 1933. He worked at the University of St Andrews, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Manchester before coming to UCL as Professor of Latin in 1951, a position he held until his retirement in 1972. Even after his retirement he continued to be an active researcher and held Visiting Professorships in the US. He became a British citizen in 1946 and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy in 1987.


OTHER SOURCES

 

British Federation of Women Graduates

The British Federation of Women Graduates gives awards annually to women in their third year of doctoral studies. The awards are given on the basis of evidence of academic excellence and are NOT expected to provide for financial need. The amounts offered range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000.

Funds for Women Graduates

FfWG offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and her academic calibre.

FfWG offers Emergency Grants to graduate women who face an unforeseen financial crisis (not with their fees) whilst engaged in study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. These grants will be offered twice a year, in May and November.

 

1) Postgraduate Studentships UK

A list of all MA funding in the Arts and Humanities.

2) UCL Hardship Fund

For current students experiencing difficulties.

3) UCL Postgraduate Studentships

A list of studentships offered by the College.