Published: 25 June 2014

Research Council funding allocated to Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduates

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Research Council funded studentships have been awarded to 28 students at the University of Liverpool to enable them to undertake postgraduate study in humanities and social sciences.

The studentships, which are granted in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council North West Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC NWDTC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC NWCDTP), give prospective Masters and PhD students the opportunity to fund their postgraduate studies.

The NWCDTP, which comprises the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music, is one of 11 new AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and offers postgraduate studentships across a range of arts and humanities disciplines.

This year students in English, Philosophy, Music, History, Modern Languages, Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology, and Cultural Studies have been awarded AHRC funding. Liverpool received 10 awards in total for students commencing their programmes in September 2014.

The NWDTC, which comprises the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster, is one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres created by ESRC has granted studentships to students within pathways including Geography and Environment; Planning and Environment; Health and Wellbeing; Psychology; Security, Conflict and Justice; Business and Management; Economics; Economic and Social History; Sociology; Social Work and Social Statistics. The University has received 18 awards for students commencing programmes in September 2014.

In addition to the Research Council studentships, a small number of students have received awards from Schools, Research Institutes and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, making a significant contribution to their postgraduate study.

Dr Jenny Rivers, Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “Research Councils provide the majority of postgraduate funding in the UK for these disciplines, and alongside the funding which the Faculty can offer to students, there is a good pool of resources for students to consider applying for. It’s great to see so many excellent students accessing this funding and embarking upon their research career at the University.”

Lucinda Kirby

Lucinda Kirby (pictured left) was granted funding by the AHRC for her PhD in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. Commenting on the award, she said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this studentship, which will allow me to further my research to PhD level. This award will not only launch my research on the Law and Administration of fourth century A.D. Egypt, but will enable me to develop and refine my skills to enter my professional field.”

The competitions for funding for 2015 entry will open in Autumn 2014. For more information, including subject areas covered by these studentships, please visit the Faculty Postgraduate Studentship pages. For queries about eligibility or the applications process please contact

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