Postgraduate Studies at SECL

Postgraduate scholarships 2015/16

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 2015/16 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.

University PhD Scholarships

The deadline for this scholarship for 2016-17 has now passed. Full details for 2017-18 will be published here when available.

The School of European Culture and Languages is delighted to be able to offer three Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships and two School of European Culture and Languages Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarships for new PhD students starting in the academic year 2016/17:

  • Both 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 2016
  • The scholarships will be offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance
  • Recipients will be expected to undertake four hours of teaching per week over the three years of the award.


  • New doctoral students studying in the following fields are eligible to apply: 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.


Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships and School of European Culture and Languages GTAs 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) or 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 2016
  • 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, by 4 March 2016
  • Candidates must also complete the SECL Scholarship application form by 4 March 2016
  • The completed form should be sent to the SECL Postgraduate Coordinator at
  • Interviews are scheduled to take place during the week beginning 04 April 2016
  • For full terms and conditions of these awards, please see the University of Kent's scholarships webpages.

Note that these scholarships are only open to new students. Any current PhD students within SECL should check this website in June 2016 to see whether new scholarships for current students are announced.







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

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

Last Updated: 18/10/2016