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University doctoral funding and SMLC doctoral fellowships for 2018 entry

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications to the university’s annual funding competition for doctoral students, for entry in October 2018. We are also pleased to announce that, in addition to these university-funded awards, we shall make up to 4 further awards of Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding home/EU applicants: up to 2 for commencement of study on 1 July 2018 and up to 2 for entry in October 2018.

Awards available in the university’s annual doctoral funding competition include:

  • CADRE scholarships, for home/EU PhD applicants in the Arts and Humanities (13 available);
  • Chancellor’s International scholarships, for non-EU PhD applicants (25 available);
  • Wolfson scholarships for students embarking on PhD studies in History, Literature and Languages (3 available).

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures will select outstanding candidates to nominate for these awards. The application deadline for this year’s university competition is 23:59pm (GMT) on Friday 19 January 2018. All supporting documents (references and transcripts) must be uploaded by Friday 2 February 2018 at the latest. However, to allow us time to consider your application for any of these awards we expect you to have made contact with us by 1st December 2017. For more details on these and other university funding schemes, see here.

Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures Doctoral Fellowships envisage that the successful candidates will undertake some undergraduate teaching or equivalent departmental duties in their specialist language area, for which relevant experience may be an advantage. The Fellowships will be for full-time study over three years, commencing either on 1 July 2018 or in October 2018. Each Fellowship will cover full tuition fees for postgraduate research (at predicted home/EU student rates of £4,270 for full-time students in 2018-19) and provide a maintenance allowance (at £11,000 for 2018-19). A separate teaching contract worth up to £3,000 per annum will also be available (although acceptance of it is not compulsory), whereby the candidate may undertake up to six hours of teaching or equivalent work in term time each year as allocated by the Head of School (or her representative). Specific duties and hours will be determined according to the individual’s year of study and level of experience, and in consultation with the student, supervisor, and other relevant staff. Duties will be established when the Fellowship commences and will be reviewed regularly over the three years of PhD study.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick offers our graduate students a buoyant research culture, with over 40 students currently enrolled for PhDs in the School, alongside Master’s students and postdoctoral research fellows. Postgraduate researchers play a vital role in the research community, together with postdoctoral researchers and academic staff of national and international renown. In the 2014 REF, our research outputs were ranked 5th in the UK. 80% of our research and 80% of our 'impact' were ranked at 4* or 3*, and 100% of our environment was similarly ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our overall output ranking places us at the top of the Russell Group. The Times-Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2017 ranks all departments in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Warwick in the top 5 in the UK, and the Guardian places them collectively 7th. Details of research specialisms, projects and activities in the School of Modern Languages can be found here.

Individual staff specialisms can be viewed here.

You can also search for staff by specialism here.

Applicants who are interested in postgraduate study at Warwick are warmly encouraged to contact us as early as possible, and not later than 1st December 2017. Please include a brief outline of your proposed research project and a CV or short description of your academic qualifications and experience, including your degree classification or overall result at BA and MA level or equivalent. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for your language area, or for general inquiries please contact the School's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Oliver Davis (O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk):

  • French Studies: Dr Oliver Davis at O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • German Studies: Dr Linda Shortt at pggerman at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • Hispanic Studies: Dr Tom Whittaker at T dot Whittaker at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • Italian Studies: Dr David Lines at D dot A dot Lines at warwick dot ac dot uk