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School of Arts Master's Bursaries and Studentships

School of Arts Master's Bursaries and Studentships

We are delighted to be able to offer up to twenty bursaries to Masters students coming into the School of Arts, Birkbeck. Please see details of each available award and application deadlines below. All applications should be made using the right application form which must be completed in addition to a College application. Please note the deadlines for applications.

If you are wishing to apply for any of the bursaries below and have not yet been accepted onto your chosen MA course, you can submit both applications at the same time, by the deadline indicated. Please note, however, bursaries will only be awarded to applicants who have been accepted onto an MA course of study for the next academic year.

School of Arts MA Bursaries

Dean's Awards

    Up to two MA studentships (partial fee awards, full-time or part-time, for Home/EU students) for those who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from Birkbeck College since May 2012. Candidates are likely to have received, or expect to receive, a first-class classification in their undergraduate degree from Birkbeck. Deadline is 30 April 2018, 12noon. Apply here School of Arts MA Bursary and Studentship Application Form

Aaron Sims Scholarship

    Up to six bursaries of £3500 each for excellent students admitted onto the MA Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies [Modern Languages]. Priority will be given to part-time applications related to French, German, Italian and Portuguese language pathways). Deadline is 12noon on 3 September 2018. Find out more and apply here.

Greta Dexter Exhibition Bursary

    One bursary of up to £1000 for students in employment and demonstrating financial hardship who are admitted to the MA Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies [Modern Languages] (French pathway). Deadline is 12noon on 3 September 2018. Find out more and apply here.

The Wallace Studentships

    • fees and a contributory stipend for two full-time places, starting October 2018

    In 2016, the History of Art department at Birkbeck was delighted to announce a three-year series of studentships for its Masters programmes, 2016-2019. These studentships are thanks to the generosity of Graham and Denise Wallace, who are kindly supporting our MAs in History of ArtHistory of Art with Photography, and Museum Cultures. This is in honour of the History of Art department's anniversary in 2017-18, celebrating 50 years of widening access to the discipline.

    In 2018-19, we will have two non-repayable studentships available for two full-time students, covering fees and a contributory stipend of £2000 pa.

    You must be a Home/EU student to apply for these studentships. They will be allocated on two criteria. The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate both academic excellence, and financial need. Priority will be given to those who can show strong promise as a Masters student, but who would be unable to progress to study at that level without financial support. Please see below for the income criteria.

    Applications should be made using the Wallace MA Studentship application form, which must be completed in addition to the online application process for the MA programme itself. If you are wishing to apply for these studentships, and have not yet applied to your chosen MA course, you can submit both applications at the same time, by the deadline of Sunday 30th April 2018. Please note that the bursary will only be awarded to a students who has already been accepted onto the MA History of Art,MA History of Art with Photography, or MA Museum Cultures for the coming academic year.

    Applications should be sent to Susan El-Ghoraiby, s.el-ghoraiby@bbk.ac.uk, History of Art Department, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD

    A fresh call will be made for  2018-19 studentships in early 2018.

    Income criteria

    You must have a gross annual household income (including partner's income, if relevant) for the 2016-17 tax year that falls into one of the below categories:

    • Single student, no dependent children: up to £28,065
    • Single student, one dependent child: up to £30,065
    • Single student, two dependent children: up to £31,065 (if you have more than two dependent  children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)
    • Married/partnered student, no dependent children: up to £30,065
    • Married/Partnered student, one dependent child: up to £32,065
    • Married/Partnered student, two dependent children: up to £33,065 (if you have more than two dependent children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)

    You can download the application form here.

    Course Listings for MA programmes in the History of Art department

Sophie Warne Fellowships

    One fee remission award of £1750 for an outstanding student admitted onto the MA Creative Writing for second year students or full time students ONLY. The award is based on the quality of the work and financial need. Deadline for admissions applications, with a 5000 word writing sample and a statement of financial need by 14 September 2018. Application form here.

Aitken Alexander Associates Scholarship

    One full fee remission for an outstanding student admitted onto the MA Creative Writing. This scholarship is open to Home/ EU part-time postgraduate students on the MA Creative Writing who would not otherwise be able to afford to take the course starting in Sept 2018.  Deadline for admissions applications, with a 5000 word writing sample and a statement of financial need by 14 September 2018. Application form here.

Grace Morris MA Scholarship in the Department of English & Humanities

    The Department of English and Humanities is delighted to be able to offer an MA bursary as part of the Grace Morris Learning Ladder. The Grace Morris Learning Ladder is funded by a gift from a Birkbeck alumnus and named in memory of his mother, an English teacher. The MA bursary is for a full-time Master's degree in Medieval Literature and Culture, MA Renaissance Studies, MA Victorian Studies, Modern and Contemporary Literature or Contemporary Literature and Culture. You must have been admitted to a place on one of the eligible degree schemes.

    A one-off bursary of £7,950 is available towards tuition fees only. It will be allocated on two criteria: the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate both academic excellence, and financial need. Please see below for income criteria.

    Applications should be made using the Grace Morris Learning Ladder MA Bursary application form. The form should be returned to Catherine Catrix (c.catrix@bbk.ac.uk) by 6pm on the day of deadline. The recipient should be willing to provide an update on progress throughout their studies and will be contacted by the Development and Alumni Office about this during the course of their studies.

    Deadline: The final deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April 2018, 12noon.

    Income criteria

    You must have a gross annual household income (including partner's income, if relevant) for the 2018-19 tax year that falls into one of the below categories:

    • Single student, no dependent children: up to £28,065
    • Single student, one dependent child: up to £30,065
    • Single student, two dependent children: up to £31,065 (if you have more than two dependent  children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)
    • Married/partnered student, no dependent children: up to £30,065
    • Married/Partnered student, one dependent child: up to £32,065
    • Married/Partnered student, two dependent children: up to £33,065 (if you have more than two dependent children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child)

MFA Theatre Directing awards

    There will be a number of bursaries towards fees awarded on the basis of financial need. It is not possible to apply for these bursaries in advance of being offered a place on the MFA Theatre Directing; successful applicants will be given further details once admitted to the programme.

     

Chevening Scholarships

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

    Deadline: 17:00, Monday 29 January 2018

    The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for up to three Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in MA Japanese Studies for 2018-19, with the generous support from the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF).

    Each studentship consists of £10,000 to be used towards a Master’s degree with a focus on Japanese Studies at Birkbeck, starting in October 2018. Candidates interested in various aspects of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society as well as comparative literature (19th-20th centuries) are especially encouraged to apply. The studentship is for one year only. Please note that, while the department will nominate candidates, it is the GBSF that makes the final decision.

    Application materials should be sent via email to Dr Nobuko Anan (n.anan@bbk.ac.uk). They should include the following items.

    MA:

    • CV
    • Academic record (transcript)
    • Two page (double-spaced) statement including dissertation research interests and future career plans

    Please note that candidates need to apply, in the first instance, to the Department of Cultures and Languages via the online application system, before they send their application materials to Dr Anan. It is highly advisable that interested candidates make initial enquiries with either Dr Akane Kawakami (a.kawakami@bbk.ac.uk) or Dr Anan, on the suitability of their application.

    Eligibility

    • A first class or a good upper second class undergraduate degree (or its equivalent for non-UK candidates)
    • Non-UK candidates are eligible only if they have been in the UK for at least 3 years before the beginning of their masters study.
    • Those who have already accepted full scholarships from other funding sources are NOT eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anan (n.anan@bbk.ac.uk).

The amounts of these bursaries are fixed regardless of fee level, please be aware that if there is short fall you will be liable for the remainder of your fees.