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MA Scholarship Scheme 2014/15

The deadline for the MA Scholarship Scheme has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

The Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy has launched two scholarship schemes to help the most talented students to study for an MA with us in the next academic year. One scheme is aimed at graduates who wish to boost their employability by adding an MA to their CV, and another is targeted at those who wish to develop their skills as professional researchers and go on to PhD study. Our current set of MA programmes can be viewed here.

Fee discounts

As you pursue your career, you may be thinking how you can make your qualifications stand out further in the increasingly competitive market. There is significant evidence that employers consider possession of a MA to be an advantage when considering applicants. So, if you are interested in boosting your qualifications in the job market, you can apply under the University PGT Scholarship Scheme for one of the £3,000 scholarships that have been reserved for the School. Further information is available here:  http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/funding/master-scholarships.html.

Full scholarships

Alternatively, have you thought about undertaking postgraduate research study? The Pathway to PhD scheme will offer full scholarships (fee waiver, plus a stipend worth £9,680) for outstanding graduates who wish to undertake an MA with us as a preparation for a bid for PhD funding from one of the two PhD training consortia in which Cardiff is involved. These are the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, suitable for students of English Language & Literature or Philosophy, and the Linguistics pathway of the Wales Doctoral Training Centre. Individualised assistance in developing your research proposal will form part of your training under the MA programme.

This is a great time to join our expanding research community. The ‘SWW-DTP’ is an exciting new initiative – one of only eleven consortia nation-wide funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It makes available to its students the combined academic resources of Cardiff and seven other leading Universities, along with an impressive network of non-academic partner organisations. The Programme offers an innovative opportunity for students to write their theses within the context of a Professional Researcher Training Programme. This will prepare you for careers not only within the academy, but also in the increasing number of sectors which value the exceptional skills to be gained from doctoral study. Visit the website at http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk for more details. The Wales Doctoral Training Centre is a well-established consortium, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, whose Linguistics pathway is based in Cardiff. More details are available  here: http://www.walesdtc.ac.uk/pathway/linguistics/.

How to apply

Applications for both schemes must be made through the University PGT Scholarship Scheme at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/funding/master-scholarships.html.

You need to complete one application form and email it to pgscholarships@cardiff.ac.uk.

If you wish to apply for a full ‘Pathway to PhD’ scholarship, you should in addition submit a short statement (up to two pages) to the School Postgraduate Manager, Ms Rhian Rattray, at encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk. This should detail:

Alongside your academic record, this will be an important feature of the selection process.

Feel free to consult the Director of PGR studies for your subject – Prof. Katie Gramich (English Literature), Dr Gerard O’Grady (English Language; Linguistics), Dr Laurent Milesi (Critical and Cultural Theory), Professor Richard Gwyn (Creative Writing), or Dr Peter Sedgwick (Philosophy). You do not need to have identified a future PhD supervisor at this point but you should take advice from your personal tutor or a subject specialist to guide you in preparing your supporting statement. Don’t wait until the last minute, but, if contacting a member of staff in the School, do be aware that we are in marking season, so you may need to be patient in obtaining a reply. You can also get in touch with me, directly, at KaymanM@cardiff.ac.uk for advice.

The deadline for has now passed. Information regarding the next round of applications will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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