Department of English & Comparative Literature


Postgraduate funding for English & Comparative Literature students

The Department of English & Comparative Literature offer a number of postgraduate funding opportunities. Details of these funding options are available below:

AHRC studentships

Goldsmiths 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). Successful applicants for PhD study will be able to apply for studentship funding.

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 ( For any enquiries relating to our other PhD programmes, please contact Andreas Kramer (

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

Fee-waiver bursaries

The Department of English and Comparative Literature is offering a number of fee-waiver bursaries for the academic session 2016-17. The deadline for all of these fee-waivers is Friday 27 May 2016. 

Overseas students as well as home/EU students may apply for the fee waivers, although the value of each award will be equal to the fees applied to a home/EU student, subject to adjustment for any other awards also held.

Read our criteria and guidance for the fee-waiver bursaries

New students

MA courses

Two 50% and two 33% fee waivers* are being offered for the following MA programmes:

Priority for the 50% fee-waivers will be given to the MA in Translation and to the pathway in ‘Shakespeare: Early and Modern’ of the MA in Comparative Literary Studies.

*Note that these MA fee-waiver bursaries will be in addition to the Goldsmiths Excellence and Alumni 30% fee-waivers. Exclusions based on other awards held may apply.

MPhil/PhD courses

The department is offering up to three fee waivers for full-time and/or part-time MPhil/PhD students (for the academic session 2016-17)

Applications from students working in any field of creative writing, literary criticism, and linguistics are welcome. The Department will 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 and must include with their application the name and contact details of two academic referees.

Current students

The department is offering up to three full-time or part-time fee waivers (for the academic session 2016-17) for current students. 

(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.)

How to apply

Applications consisting of a brief letter and a Curriculum Vitae (see the guidance and criteria), should be sent to:

Maria Macdonald, Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW (email; telephone 020 7919 7436).

Read our criteria and guidance for the fee-waiver bursaries

Support for current students: Training & development & 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. In 2014-15, for example, we have supported or are supporting attendance to:

In addition, the Department of English and Comparative Literature has introduced in 2015-16 a scheme to offer a number of Research Assistantships and Research Associateships to recent PhD graduates.

For further information, deadlines, how to apply and level of bursaries please inquire with Maria Macdonald; telephone +44 (0)20 7919 7436.

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