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Aaron Sims Scholarship: For Cultures and Languages PhD Students

Instituted under the will of Dr Aaron Sims, a former student of Birkbeck, University of London, the Aaron Sims Scholarship is a bursary covering the full- or part-time, home or EU enrolment fee for three three (full time) or five (part time) years of study.

Priority is given to applicants for part-time or full-time MPhil programmes offered by the Department of Cultures and Languages (currently: MPhil Comparative Literature, MPhil French, MPhil German, MPhil Iberian and Latin American Studies or MPhil Japanese).

ADVICE FOR APPLICANTS

VALUE AND LENGTH OF FUNDING

  • Funding covers tuition fees for either three years (full time) or five years (part time).
  • The overall length of the student's PhD will be up to four years (full time) or seven years (part time). 
  • The bursary is paid directly into the awardee's fee account after they have enrolled each autumn.
  • All payments are subject to confirmation of satisfactory attendance and progress.

START DATE

  • The preferred start date is 4 October 2021.
  • Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the department are supportive and can be flexible in this regard.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be UK/EU students.
  • Applicants should either:
    • Plan to apply to an MPhil programme, ideally starting in October 2021, offered by the Department of Cultures and Languages (programmes eligible currently: MPhil Comparative Literature, MPhil French, MPhil German, MPhil Iberian and Latin American Studies or MPhil Japanese). Please note the successful applicant will subsequently be required to complete an application for a place of study on one of the MPhil programmes above.
    • Be currently enrolled on a MPhil programme offered by the Department of Cultures and Languages in either your first year full-time or first or second year part-time (current eligible programmes same as the above).
  • Applicants will also need to demonstrate academic excellence (at least a 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree) and ensure they have made sufficient financial provision to meet the remaining costs associated with their studies.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS

  • 2pm, 2 July 2021.

HOW TO APPLY

References/supervisor statement

  • New applicants
    • Referees will be automatically prompted to upload their references when you submit your programme application.
    • Please note that all references must be uploaded by 11 July 2021. We strongly encourage you to contact referees as early as possible to ensure they are prepared to upload their reference following submission of your application.
    • Closing date for applications: Friday 2 July, 2pm
    • Deadline for references: Sunday 11 July, 2pm
  • Current students
    • Alongside your application, we require a supporting statement from your supervisor. This should be no more than 500 words and speak to your project, progress and development since registration.
    • Supporting statements should be  with the following subject line:
      • Your full name and student number 
      • The name of the award that the supporting statement relates to
    • Closing date for applications: Friday 2 July, 2pm
    • Deadline for supervisor supporting statement: Sunday 11 July, 2pm

FURTHER INFORMATION