UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


PhD Research Funding for UK, EU and International Students

10 November 2020

SSEES Library

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London is welcoming applications to AHRC and Wolfson Trust-funded PhD positions in the history, languages and cultures (including literature, film and other media) of Russia and East-Central Europe. UCL SSEES has unrivalled expertise in humanities studies of the region, with over 40 full-time academic staff dedicated to this endeavour. We invite outstanding applicants to join our research community in London, in a funded capacity. 

In particular, we would like to invite prospective students to apply for a funded Humanities PhD with us via the following schemes: 

  • The AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). This scheme supports researchers across eight London-based institutions. LAHP-funded PhD positions are open to UK and International applicants and cover tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the UK (Home) rate and an annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend). Up to 90 studentships are awarded across the eight institutions per year. 
  • The Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship. This scheme supports students working in the disciplines of history, literature and languages who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson-funded fellowships are open to UK and International applicants, and cover tuition fees, a stipend and a research allowance.
  • The UCL Research Opportunity Fellowship. This scheme supports students from certain BME groups to pursue postgraduate study at UCL. It is open to UK permanent residents from the designated BME groups and covers UK (Home) fees, a maintenance stipend and a research allowance. 

We invite applications from prospective PhD students whose research plans overlap with our expertise in early modern and modern Russian and East-Central European History, Russian language and literature, East European languages and literatures, film and other visual studies. 

Applicants are expected to have prior knowledge of the language(s) relevant to their research. PhD students are eligible for support to improve their language abilities through access to our MA Language modules in Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Slovene and Ukrainian. 

Please send expressions of interest to Dr. Seth Graham and Dr. Philippa Hetherington by 11 December 2020. Expressions of interest should include a CV and a two-page document outlining your educational background and preparation for PhD-level humanities study in Russian and East European Studies and describing your proposed research topic. 

If your proposal is selected, you will then receive extensive feedback to prepare a full application for LAHP, Wolfson and/or Research Opportunity Fellowship funding. The deadline to apply for these funding opportunities is 13 January 2021, and you will be supported to work on your application in December and January in order to maximise your chances of success. You will then submit your final application via the relevant LAHP, Wolfson or UCL portal; you will receive detailed instructions on this process from us after selection. 

Further information on studying a PhD with us can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/prospective-students/graduate-research/mphil-phd-slavonic-east-european-studies