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Funding opportunities for postgraduate students

There are a number of ways in which you can obtain financial support to help you through your postgraduate studies. The College Fees & Funding pages contain plenty of information about financing your postgraduate studies, including Scholarships that may be open to you. Many of these competitions are open to students across the Faculty, but there are also a number of awards specifically for students in the Department of Philosophy. 

Follow the links below for details of funding opportunities for current or prospective postgraduate students in the Department. You should also look at the list of Academic staff in the department as it organises staff by (broad) areas of interest.

If you are a current or potential graduate student seeking funding for your studies you are strongly encouraged to consult the Centre for Doctoral Studies funding database for a complete list of the opportunities that may be open to you.

Prospective Graduate Research Students

M.Phil Stud

London Arts & Humanities Partnership

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 90 cross-institutional studentships per year available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (1st October 2019), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining (excluding the writing-up period).

Funding is also available from the second year of MPhilStud study, with the potential for a further 2 years of PhD funding. If you are applying for funding for the second year of your MPhilStud, you will not have to reapply for the two years of your PhD study, provided you proceed onto the PhD through passing the MPhilStud.

Applications to the LAHP Open Studentship Competition for 2019/20 academic year will open on Monday 26th November 2018.

For further details, please see here.

M.Phil PhD

U.K Students

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership has up to 90 cross-institutional studentships per year available for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, School of Advanced Study or University College London.

If you have already commenced doctoral study, you may apply for funding for the remainder of your study, providing that, at the start of the AHRC award (1st October 2019), you will have at least 50% of the period of study remaining (excluding the writing-up period).

Funding is also available from the second year of MPhilStud study, with the potential for a further 2 years of PhD funding. If you are applying for funding for the second year of your MPhilStud, you will not have to reapply for the two years of your PhD study, provided you proceed onto the PhD through passing the MPhilStud.

Applications to the LAHP Open Studentship Competition for 2019/20 academic year will open on Monday 26th November 2018.

For further details, please see here.

International Students

EU students

Up to 80 PhD studentships will be offered for postgraduate research students studying in the Arts and Humanities at LAHP’s three partner institutions: King's College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London) and University College London. Applications are invited from students who are due to commence their PhD studies in September and those who will have at least 50% of their period of study remaining as of the beginning of the academic year.

Non-EU students

The Centre for Doctoral Studies is pleased to announce that it will be offering 18 scholarships for international students who plan to undertake a postgraduate research degree (MPhil/PhD) at King's College London commencing in the 2018-19 academic year. More information can be found here.

 

Current Graduate Students

Hardship Fund

In order to help Graduate students who find themselves in acute financial difficulties due to a clearly identified financial emergency, the department has decided to introduce an Emergency Fund:

  • MAX £500 for a specific financial emergency (as opposed to medium to long term financial struggling);
  • only one claim possible over the duration of studies and on the understanding that other sources have been tried (e.g. College Hardship fund);  if granted, the student will not be eligible for that year for a departmental travel bursary;
  • claims to be assessed by the Head of Department, the departmental postgraduate research student lead and the Academic Resource Officer;
  • due to its nature of emergency fund there is no fixed deadline.

Please note that this is coming directly from departmental funds and that our budget is very limited. Moreover, this fund is in addition to our bursaries which are also directly financed by the department or by generous gifts by friends of the department.

Travel Bursaries

Departmental Bursaries

The Department is able to offer travel grants of up to a maximum of £250 to any research student (MPhilStud or PhD) who is invited to present a paper at a conference or workshop. There are also limited funds available to help research students attend conferences or workshops even when not invited to present a paper; applications under this heading will be assessed on their merits. 

Only one research trip per student per year can be supported.

In cases of PGR students needing more than this for eligible research purposes, their proposals will be considered together by a small sub-committee of the department in the Summer term if there is additional funding available at that time. 

The Department is able to offer this to PhD students up to six months after their viva.

Application for these grants should be made in advance to the departmental postgraduate research student lead, Professor Matthew Soteriou.

Non-Departmental Bursaries

Students seeking these grants must show that they have also applied for any alternative sources of funding which might support their travel. 

Named grants

 

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