Awards and scholarships

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

AHRC Studentships

Fee-waiver bursaries

Study in Brazil

Additional support for current students

CHASE AHRC PhD Studentships

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, invites applications for Autumn 2019 entry to our PhD programmes. Goldsmiths, University of London, is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art, the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex, Birkbeck, University of London and SOAS University of London. The strongest applicants for PhD study will be invited by the Department, if they are also otherwise eligible, 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 in English (including American Literature and literary theory), Comparative Literature, World Literature; Irish Studies; 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, the e-journal GLITS-e, and specialist seminars and colloquia offered by the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, the Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), and the Goldsmiths Linguistics Seminar (GoldLingS), in addition to seminars and symposia at the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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. Given the intensity of the competition, potential applicants to CHASE should normally expect to have achieved First Class Honours at BA level and a Distinction at MA level. Other relevant factors, such as an exceptionally strong portfolio in the case of creative writing students, may be taken into consideration, but the above standards are otherwise a sound indication of baseline expectations. For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fee-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, you must have formally applied for entry to a PhD programme by Friday 11 January 2019. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible to discuss your proposal. You are strongly encouraged to make initial contact with the Department of English and Comparative Literature by Thursday 12 December 2018.

For enquiries about PhD programmes in the department please contact Uttara Natarajan.  For enquiries about the PhD in Creative Writing, please contact Stephen Knight and consult

To see staff expertise, please consult our website. For full details of the subject areas covered, and how to apply, please see the CHASE website: 

Fee waiver bursaries (for 2019-20)

The Department of English and Comparative Literature will be awarding a number of competitive fee-waiver bursaries for the academic session 2019-20.

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

Deadline for all of the fee-waivers is 31 May 2019.

For new students

1. A number of 30% fee waivers* will be awarded to students applying to the following MA programmes:

    • MA in Literary Studies (pathways in: American Literature and Culture; Caribbean Literature and Its Diasporas; Comparative Literature and Criticism; Critical Theory; Modern Literature; Romantic and Victorian Literature and Culture; Shakespeare; Early & Modern)
    • MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education
    • MA in Sociocultural Linguistics
    • MA in Translation (pathways in: Translation Studies; Cultural Tourism, Hospitality and Cultural Heritage; and English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting)

*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 an equivalent of two full time fee waivers for full-time and/or part-time MPhil/PhD students, for the academic session 2019-20.

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 have formally applied 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 MPhil/PhD students

Up to an equivalent of 1.5 full-time fee waivers, which might take that form or the form of up to three part-time fee waivers, for the academic session 2019-20.

(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 31 May 2019 to the Postgraduate Coordinator, Mr Nick Campbell, at: nicholas.campbell (

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

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Study in Brazil

As part of the MA Multilingualism, Language and Education, there are three places available for students to spend a minimum of two months at our partner institution the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil).

Students can apply for this opportunity through Goldsmiths once they have enrolled on the MA. Successful students will not have to pay tuition fees, and will receive a grant for living expenses while in Salvador provided by Erasmus+ and the UK National Agency. Students will be able to conduct their research projects as well as take a range of modules at the host institution.

Additional 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 affiliation 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 Nick Campbell at n.campbell ( or call 020 7919 7436.