London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

The Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, School of Advanced Study, is a member of the AHRC-funded consortium LAHP, together with King’s College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal College of Music, and University College London.

Up to 90 studentships are available for postgraduate research students wishing to pursue doctoral study in the arts and humanities within the partnership, commencing October 2024.

The studentship will cover:

  • Tuition fees for full-time and part-time students, at the Home rate. International students may apply, but only the Home fees rate will be awarded
  • Annual maintenance grant or allowance/stipend (£20,622 for 2023-24)

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Applications are invited for qualified candidates in the field of languages, cultures and societies. The strength of the ILCS lies in its established expertise in the language fields of French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and in the study of the mobility of people, practices, and ideas. The academic staff of the Institute specialise in the study of literature, culture and societies in a comparative and transnational perspective, in the history of ideas, in digital humanities, and in multilingualism. 

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Applications for 2024-25 entry will open on 27 November 2023. Students wishing to apply for a LAHP studentship must submit their applications for a place to study on their chosen PhD programme before the closing date.

More information for applications for postgraduate research at the School of Advanced Study can be found here.

PhD Bursary (Germanic Friends)

The Friends of Germanic Studies have made available a scholarship at the ILCS for the MPhil/PhD programme in the Literature and Culture of the German-speaking Countries. 

The scholarship provides a fee waiver of up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time). It is open to any applicant interested in the field of German-language literary and cultural studies. 

The next award is available for entry in January 2024. Applications must be received by 30 November 2023.

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Applicants should have a good honours degree in German (Upper Second or First). They should apply for the MPhil/PhD programme at the ILCS in the first instance having discussed their project with Professor Godela Weiss-Sussex first. Once accepted on to the programme, they will be eligible for the studentship. 

Deadline for applications for entry in January 2024: 30 November 2023 (applications open on 1 October 2023).

How to apply

PhD Bursary (Bithell)

The PhD bursary, made available by the Bithell Bequest Fund, is designed to support a student who who has been accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree in German literature and culture at the ILCS.

The scholarship provides the successful applicant with a fee waiver of up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time).

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Applicants should have a good honours degree in German (Upper Second or First).

The scholarship provides the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), beginning in January 2024.

Deadline for applications for entry in January 2024: 30 November 2023 (application opens 1 October 2023).

How to apply

In the first instance, please contact Professor Godela Weiss-Sussex.

German and Austrian Exile (Miller Studentship)

A Martin and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust doctoral studentship has been made available by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust to support graduates wishing to focus their research on German-speaking exile, preferably in the UK. Relevant disciplines are: history, politics, socoiology, migration, the arts. The Miller Studentship provides a fee waiver of up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home tuition fee, tenable for three (full-time) or five years (part-time), plus maintenance. 

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Applications for research based on the archival holdings of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at ILCS, such as the papers of the Anglo-Austrian Society or those of the writer and broadcaster Robert Lucas, would be particularly welcome. A working knowledge of German is necessary.

The award provides the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), plus maintenance equivalent to that offered by the AHRC LAHP doctoral consortium. The successful candidate will register at the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of London School of Advanced Study) for the MPhil/PhD degree of the University of London and will be able to draw on the expertise of the Institute’s Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies.

Candidates should hold a Masters degree or equivalent. Professional qualifications are also accepted.  Applications are considered once the candidate has been offered a place to study for the MPhil/PhD at the Institute. As a first step, application should be made on the School of Advanced Study application form. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for interview. 

It is anticipated that the next bursary will be available for entry in October 2024. 

Queries regarding possible research proposals may be directed to Professor Godela Weiss-Sussex.

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