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Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarships 2016-17

Birkbeck School of Arts will award up to 12 fully funded Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarships beginning in 2016/17.

**please note the deadline for applications for 16/17 has now closed.

The competition for these awards will be decided on the basis of academic merit, with the results announced in Spring 2016.

We welcome applications from candidates wanting to conduct doctoral research in all areas of the following fields in the School of Arts:

  • Cultural Studies
  • English and Humanities
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Creative Writing
  • French and/or German Comparative Literature and Culture
  • Media, Film and Television
  • History of Art, Architecture, Photography and Museum Cultures
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Culture

We are also interested to hear from candidates whose proposed research may link to the work of one of our active research centres.


  • Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarships are open to Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time M.Phil/PhD place within the School of Arts, starting in the 2016/17 academic year. Applications from Home/EU students for part-time study will also be considered (at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration).

    Exceptional School of Arts students currently enrolled in their first year of full-time, or first and second year of part-time study are also eligible to apply.

    Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an M.Phil/PhD programme application within the School of Arts. Your programme application must be submitted either before (strongly encouraged) or at the same time as applying for funding.

    Details of other full awards, such as the competition for Bloomsbury Studentships and specific awards under named calls, will also be listed as they arise. Please check the website for notifications, application procedures and staff contacts.


    The Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarship awards will include a full fee waiver capped at the value of the full-time Home/EU rate for M.Phil/PhD degrees (currently £4,052), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £16,057; pro rata in the case of a part-time award)

Duration of Awards

    Scholarships will be tenable for up to three years (subject to satisfactory academic progress) for full-time students, and at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration for part-time students.

How to Apply

    Please consult the general guidance on applying for an M.Phil/PhD place. You can find the School of Arts Guide for Applicants here. Departmental online pages are full of information about staff and the research environment at Birkbeck that will help you develop your application. All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with a potential supervisor, and you are also welcome to contact the director of postgraduate studies (listed in the guide) in your chosen programme/department for advice.

    Once you have applied for an M.Phil/PhD place, please download the School of Arts Postgraduate Funding Application Form. The completed form should be returned to by 15th February 2016.

Funding application deadline: 5pm Monday 15th February 2016