School of English Literature

  • Master
  • Up to ÂŁ5,000
  • 9 July 2021
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The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK, is seeking outstanding applicants for scholarships on our Masters programmes in Literature, English language, Linguistics and Creative Writing.  We are offering several bursaries worth up to £5,000 towards the cost of postgraduate study.
Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who, at the time the application is submitted, have accepted an offer of a place for 2021-22 entry on one of the following Masters programmes in the School:

Successful applicants will join our thriving School which was ranked third in the UK for English Language and Literature in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, sixth for research power in Linguistics. We have an energetic, creative and well-resourced postgraduate community within the School, and we hope successful applicants would contribute to this culture via participation in the Postgraduate Culture Group. Award holders will benefit from expert teaching and supervision, and have the opportunity to work with the University Library’s Special Collections, with the wide range of linguistic corpora created by the School and with our partner organizations, including National Museums Northern Ireland, Northern Stage, Wordsworth Trust, Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children’s Books and the Word: the National Centre for the Written Word.


Applicants should have an achieved or predicted first-class or high 2.1 undergraduate degree or, where relevant, a lower qualification with professional practice that provides equivalent academic and research skills. Applicants are expected to outline why the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University is the best place for them to undertake Postgraduate study and how Masters level study will lead to doctoral studyor otherwise support their future career aspirations.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholarly merit and awards are open to Home and International students starting one of our PG programmes at the start of 2021-22 academic year.


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Up to £5,000.


Applicants must submit the following documents to Scott Burdon ( by the deadline:
  • An up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages in length)
  • A transcript of undergraduate marks
  • A proposal of 750 words (excluding bibliographies/list of references)\*

Applicants must ask one academic referee to send a reference letter to Scott Burdon by the deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that referees meet this deadline.  Your reference should be from those who are best placed to comment in detail on your undergraduate work and potential for postgraduate study. Referees will be asked to comment on past performance, deservedness for funding, predicted results (if applicable), as well as their potential and preparedness for postgraduate study.
The proposal for funding should, where relevant, consider the following questions:
  • Why is the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University the best place for you to embark on postgraduate research (e.g. in terms of resources, research strength, research Centres and Institutes)?
  • How have your undergraduate studies – or equivalent professional experience – prepared you for your chosen Masters programme?
  • How do you intend to use the Masters programme to further your area of research interest? (e.g. What modules will you take? How will you structure MLitt assignments? What will be the focus of your dissertation?)
  • How will your chosen Masters programme aid your career development:
How do you envisage your Masters programme leading to an application for a Research Council funded PhD? If you are interested in a career outside of academia, how do you envisage your Masters programme supporting your future career plans? For example:
* What skills would you hope to acquire from PG study?
* How will you contribute to the School’s postgraduate community?
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