School of European Culture and Languages

Postgraduate scholarships 2018/19

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) offers a range of funding opportunities for taught and research postgraduate study. We are pleased to announce the following funding opportunities for Master’s and Doctoral study commencing in the 2018/19 academic year.

Please be aware that funding levels, eligibility and deadlines vary for the different funding opportunities. Candidates are welcome to apply for a variety of taught and research funding opportunities if they wish to do so. For other possible funding opportunities, please see the University postgraduate scholarships and funding pages.

PhD Scholarships

The School of European Culture and Languages is pleased to offer the following scholarships for those studying at doctoral level.

Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships

The School of European Culture and Languages is delighted to be able to offer three Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships for new PhD students starting in the academic year 2019/20:

  • The scholarships cover full home/EU fees plus a maintenance grant and a salary which will total an amount equivalent to that offered by the Research Councils for 2019;
  • The scholarships will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance;
  • The scholarships are administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scheme, further details of which can be found at: Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to undertake four hours of teaching per week over the three years of the award.


  • The scholarships are only open to new doctoral students, studying in the following fields: Classical and Archaeological Studies, Comparative Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian), Philosophy and Religious Studies;
  • The competition for these scholarships is open to UK, EU and overseas fee-paying students. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found at:


Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants able to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, excellent communication skills, and the potential to make a strong contribution to their chosen field of research. Candidates must:

  • Hold a good honours degree (First or 2.1) and a Master’s degree at Merit or Distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent;
  • Hold an offer of a place on a full-time doctoral research degree in the School of European Culture and Languages for the academic year commencing September 2019;
  • Have a high-quality research proposal;
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, suited to undergraduate teaching.

How to apply

  • Candidates must make a formal application to study on a SECL doctoral programme – deadline Friday 1 March 2019
  • Candidates must also complete the SECL GTA application formdeadline Friday 1 March 2019
  • The completed form should be sent to the SECL Postgraduate Coordinator at;
  • Interviews will be scheduled at a time to be confirmed;
  • For full terms and conditions of these awards, please see the University of Kent's scholarships webpages.

School of European Culture & Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email the School of European Culture & Languages

Last Updated: 08/11/2018