Funding for Doctoral Study at Royal Holloway

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is pleased to invite applications to its PhD programmes in and Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian.

The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership ( a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East led by Royal Holloway. TECHNE offers rich and diverse training for the contemporary doctoral researcher in a fully-formed programme for academic, professional and early career development with a focus on interdisciplinarity. Providing an environment for students who wish to be intellectually innovative and experimental, the training programme is enhanced by input, networking, collaborative engagement and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organizations in the cultural sector (including the BFI, Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London and Science Museum).

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway has a wide variety of recognized strengths in research. You can find out more about the research environment and range of expertise we offer on our research pages

Applicants for PhD are eligible to apply for both AHRC studentships and for Royal Holloway studentships through a single application process:

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is also able to recommend students for Royal Holloway studentships (which may consist of a stipend and fee waiver or just a fee waiver).  Approximately £380,000 is available for postgraduate studentships across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  In the main these will be awarded by a Faculty Panel to students who are unsuccessful in their application for a TECHNE scholarship.

How to apply:

Prospective doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Sarah Wright. The deadline for applications is 7 February 2015 (note that all references must also be received by this deadline).

Masters fee waiver

 Funding for Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Comparative Literature and Culture in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for Master of Arts by Research fee waivers  (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate).

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in literature, film, cultural studies or the visual arts.  You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis.  As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join an energetic research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies (

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary. For more information, and for guidelines on submitting a research proposal, visit:

Deadline for applications: 13th March 2015.