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The Department of English and Comparative Literature offer the following postgraduate funding opportunities.

AHRC Studentships

Goldsmiths, University of London, is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (alongside Birkbeck, University of London; the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; SOAS, University of London; the Open University; and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex).

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, now invites applications for October 2017 entry to our PhD programmes. Successful applicants for PhD study will be able to apply for studentship funding.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature – one of the largest at Goldsmiths – consists of some 50 scholars and creative writers, whose work is acknowledged and cited internationally. We offer a stimulating environment for undertaking research and scholarship in English (inc. American Literature and literary theory), Comparative Literature, World Literature; Translation; Linguistics; and Creative Writing. We welcome applications from students wishing to pursue research in any of these areas and we particularly encourage cross- and interdisciplinary research in emerging fields of study and creative practice. As well as working with scholars and writers of international standing, you will have the opportunity to play an active role in a vibrant research environment which includes the Richard Hoggart Lectures in Literature and Culture, the annual Goldsmiths Prize for bold and innovative fiction, and specialist seminars and colloquia offered by the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, the Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), the Goldsmiths Linguistics Seminar (GoldLingS) and the e-journal, GLITS-e.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature promotes an understanding of the value of human culture and creativity that is central to the CHASE vision of postgraduate research and professional development. Our research and training environment encourages our doctoral students to develop interdisciplinary methodologies. In addition, our network of partnerships with leading arts and humanities organisations and creative industries provides an outstanding resource for future CHASE scholars.

Applications for funding will be considered by Goldsmiths, University of London, with the best applicants put forward to four CHASE selection panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. The funding will cover professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of public engagement skills and placements with CHASE partner organisations in the UK and overseas.

To be considered for one of these awards, please note that you need to have applied to a PhD programme by 11 January 2017. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible to discuss your proposal.

For enquiries about the PhD in Creative Writing, please contact Stephen Knight (s.knight@gold.ac.uk). For any enquiries relating to our other PhD programmes, please contact Andreas Kramer (a.kramer@gold.ac.uk). To see staff expertise, please consult our website: http://www.gold.ac.uk/ecl/staff/. For full details of the subject areas covered, and how to apply, please see the CHASE website: http://www.chase.ac.uk/.

Fee-waiver bursaries (2017-18)

The Department of English and Comparative Literature will be awarding a number of competitive fee-waiver bursaries for the academic session 2017-18.

Read here the criteria and guidance for the fee-waiver bursaries competitions.

Deadline for all of the fee-waivers is 26 May 2017.

For new students

  1. A number of 50% and 33% fee waivers* will be awarded to students applying to the following MA programmes:

    *NB: These MA fee-waiver bursaries will be in addition to the Goldsmiths Excellence and Alumni 30% fee-waivers.

    Overseas students may apply for these fee waivers but should note that the value of each award will be equal to the fees applicable for home/EU students. Exclusions and adjustments based on other awards held may apply.

  2. The Isaac Arthur Green Scholarships (two full fee-waiver scholarships) for students applying to the MA in Creative and Life Writing

  3. Up to three fee waivers for full-time and/or part-time MPhil/PhD students, for the academic session 2017-18.

    Applications from students working in any field of creative writing, literary criticism, linguistics and translation are welcome. All other things being equal, the Department may give preference, in the case of one of the bursaries, to high-quality applications focussing on literature before 1830.

    Applicants for these fee waivers must also be applying for entry to the MA or MPhil/PhD programmes (application links can be found on the relevant programme pages), and must include with their application the name and contact details of two academic referees.

    Overseas students as well as home/EU students may apply for the fee waivers, but should note that the value of each award will be equal to the fees applicable for home/EU students. Students in receipt of AHRC funding for the same programme may not apply. Exclusions and adjustment based on other awards held may also apply.

For current students

  1. Up to three full-time or part-time fee waivers for the academic session 2017-18.

    (Current MPhil/PhD students now holding, or having held, fee waivers may re-apply for these awards, as appropriate. Students on completion or continuation status are not eligible to apply.)

Applying for the fee waivers

For all of the fee waivers above, applications consisting of a brief letter (see the fee waiver guidance and criteria) and a Curriculum Vitae should be sent by 26 May 2017 to the Postgraduate Coordinator, Mrs Maria Macdonald, at: m.macdonald (@gold.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about all of these postgraduate awards may be also directed to Maria Macdonald at the address above, or by calling 020 7919 7436.

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Support for current students

Including research funds, training & development and summer school bursaries.

As well as substantial research funding to present research papers at conferences, a number of bursaries will be made available annually to support research students' training and development activities (such as studying a language or training in a particular software necessary for a project).

Attendance to specialist advanced summer schools is also generously supported. We have an affiliations to, and support participation in

In recent years we have also supported attendance to:

For further information, deadlines, how to apply and level of bursaries, please inquire with Maria Macdonald at m.macdonald (@gold.ac.uk) or call 020 7919 7436.