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Postgraduate study

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 97% of staff submitted, 74% of our work graded world-leading or internationally excellent, ranked 10th out of 89 English Departments in terms of Research Intensity (THES)


To apply for any of our MA or PhD programmes, please select the relevant degree title within the tabs and click the 'Apply' button. Fee information can also be found on the individual programme pages.


The following information relates to postgraduate funding opportunities within the School of English for 2016/17 at both at Doctoral and at MA level. Please note that the deadlines vary for the different awards.

Please don't hesitate to email with any queries:

PhD scholarships: CHASE (AHRC)

AHRC CHASE Scholarships

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) which was awarded a £17million Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in October 2013. Our partners include The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths College, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, and Sussex. SOAS and Birkbeck College joined the consortium as associate members in 2014.

CHASE is one of only 11 UK AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and the partners have committed an additional £10million in studentship funding which will allow CHASE to provide AHRC awards to over 375 PhD students in the arts and humanities across the partner institutions over five years.

CHASE will offer students a wide range of exciting opportunities to gain professional experience, work across institutions and disciplines, and acquire advanced research skills. Further information is available from the CHASE website.

How to apply
New students wishing to be considered for these scholarships must apply for a PhD place at the University of Kent by 13th January 2016 at the latest. Applicants are advised to discuss their research project with academic members of staff in the School of English as soon as possible. Any current PhD students wishing to be considered for AHRC funding should contact their School Director of Graduate Studies (with responsibility for research programmes) to advise them of this as soon as possible or by 13th January 2016 at the very latest. CHASE will fund up to 75 doctoral studentships for admission in 2016.

What happens next?

  • Stage 1: School level
    All applications for PhD study received by relevant schools by 13th January 2016 will be considered for AHRC funding. Candidates shortlisted for the CHASE competition by academic schools will be invited to complete a CHASE application form* by 12noon on Monday 1st February 2016 and attend an interview within the academic school on Friday 5th February 2016. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their interview as soon as possible. Candidates successful at school-level interviews will have their applications submitted to a Faculty of Humanities CHASE Studentship Selection Panel.
  • Stage 2:  Faculty level
    A Faculty of Humanities CHASE Studentship Selection Panel will meet on 24th February 2016 to decide which applications will be submitted to the consortium-level stage of the competition.
  • Stage 3: Consortium level
    The final Kent shortlist of applications will go forward to the consortium stage of the competition at the beginning of March. Applications will be considered by CHASE selection panels comprising academic colleagues representing all seven CHASE partner institutions. All candidates will be informed by 11th April 2016 about the outcome of their applications.

* Please note that access to the CHASE application forms will only be made available to short-listed candidates. Guidance on completing the CHASE application form is available here. Candidates should ensure that they are readily contactable via email during January and February 2016.

Please click here to read the CHASE Studentship selection criteria for 2016.

PhD scholarships: University

The Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships
Kent has established 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Scholarships will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate and administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme, further details of which can be found at:

The School of English at the University of Kent is pleased to offer two PhD scholarships for applicants starting in September 2016.


  • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. 
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
  • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:

The deadline by which all eligible research doctoral applicants are guaranteed consideration for funding is 31 January 2016.

Submit a formal application for postgraduate research study at the University of Kent.

For full GTA terms and conditions see the main university scholarship webpages.

School of English MA scholarships 2016/17

New Scholarship Fund
The School of English highly values its postgraduate community. Over the last few years the School has continued to invest in its students with a range of scholarships and opportunities that have supported exceptional research from awarded students. To further support the postgraduate community the school will be increasing the MA scholarship fund for 2016/17.

What this means to MA applicants
Successful applicants in 2016/17 will be eligible for the following scholarships, all of which aim to support one student on each of our specialist MA programmes. The scholarships will be in the form of a fee waiver, but with an additional maintenance bursary of £1500. Part-time students and students applying for programmes with a term in Paris are also eligible. These scholarships are:

  • The Woolf scholarship (for students on the MA in English and American Literature)
  • The Dickens scholarship (for students on the MA in Dickens and Victorian Culture)
  • The Burney scholarship (for a student on the MA in Eighteenth Century Studies)
  • The MA in Postcolonial Studies scholarship
  • The MA in Critical Theory scholarship
  • The MA in The Contemporary scholarship
  • The Creative Writer’s scholarship

In addition to these new scholarships the school will continue to offer the following:

  • One fully funded School of English MA scholarship – a fee waiver plus an additional stipend at AHRC rate
  • One international scholarship (to cover fees at the international rate)
  • One fee-waiver scholarship for part-time students
  • Two departmental awards. The Ian Gregor Scholarship, which pays home fees and a £500 bursary for one year’s full-time study, and the Sasha Roberts Scholarship, which is an award of £2,000.

PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of the scholarships is to award candidates with the strongest academic records. The School of English reserves the right to distribute the scholarships amongst candidates in a way that will honour that commitment.

All students wishing to be considered for any of the above scholarships must have applied to their MA programme of choice by Friday 25th March 2016.

The University of Kent, Paris taught MA scholarship fund

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016–17.

Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply.

Conditions and Criteria

  • The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.
  • It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time. 
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.
  • Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • Paris Scholarships to the value of £5,000 will be awarded to outstanding applicants able to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, clear intellectual ambition and the potential to make a strong contribution to their chosen MA programme.

How to apply

  • Candidates must have received a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on one of the Kent, Paris programmes.
  • Candidates must send a letter of motivation, not exceeding 500 words, stating why they wish to join their chosen Kent, Paris MA programme and how this fits into their longer term plans.
  • The letter of motivation should be saved with the following file name: “FirstnameSURNAME_application number_letter of motivation”, for example:

CatherineWOOD_123456789_letter of motivation.doc

  • The letter should be addressed to the Academic Director of Paris programmes and sent by email to with the subject line: “Scholarship application Firstname SURNAME application number”, for example:

Scholarship application Catherine WOOD 123456789

  • The opening date for accepting applications is Friday 1 April 2016.  Please do not send scholarship applications before this date.
  • The deadline for applications is midnight, Friday 27 May 2016.

 Best wishes

Paris Administration Team

Other MA funding

  • Studentships for students studying their MA with the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS).
  • The Templeman Scholarship (for Kent graduates).
  • Applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent at Paris MA programmes may be eligible for a Kent at Paris Scholarship. For more information please visit the University of Kent at Paris funding page.
  • For a full list of University postgraduate scholarships please click here.






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Last Updated: 31/08/2016