PhD Funding Opportunities

AHRC | University funding | ESRC | Additional funding opportunities for international students | External funding providers | Practical information

The University of Manchester invites applications for PhD study with AHRC, ESRC or Manchester University studentships funding for projects in Jewish Studies with prospective supervisors associated with the subject areas of Middle Eastern Studies (Israel Studies, ancient Jewish Studies, modern Jewish philosophy) or Religions and Theology (Bible/Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish Studies, medieval Jewish Studies, Jewish/non-Jewish relations, modern Jewish thought and theology, Holocaust Studies).

(A) AHRC

The North West Consortium offers AHRC PhD studentships in Middle Eastern Studies or Religions and Theology through the following pathways: “Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Persian”, “Religions and Theology” and “Cultural Studies”. There is also competitive “Research Masters” funding available. For information on how to apply, see “How to apply” and “Our pathways” on the NWCDTP website.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact their prospective supervisors well in advance of the deadline.

Further enquiries may be directed to Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator (phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk) or to the co-director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Prof. Alexander Samely (alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk).

The deadline for PhD applications to Manchester for those intending to apply for AHRC funding is 15 January 2018, with the AHRC funding application deadline being 9 February 2018

(B) University funding

For additional sources of PhD funding relevant to Jewish Studies, including John Rylands Research Institute Scholarships, the President’s Doctoral Scholar Competition, and studentships of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, see the funding pages of the University.

(1) President’s Doctoral Scholar Competition Applications must be received by the School by 5pm 9 February 2018. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by 15 January 2018.

(2) John Rylands Research Institute Scholarships Applications must relate to to the Special Collections. The following priority areas have been identified for 2017/2018: "Revolutions in Print", "Science and Medicine", "World Literatures" and "Religions". 

(3) School Funding Applications must be received by the School by 5pm 9 February 2018. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by 15 January 2018.

(4) Faculty of Humanities PGR Studentships Applications for 2 fully funded PhD studentships. Closing date for applications 30 March 2018, applicants must have applied and received an offer by the 31 March 2018

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact their prospective supervisors well in advance of the deadline.

(C) ESRC

The Language-Based Area Studies Pathway of the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre offers MA + PhD (1+3 years) and PhD (3 years) studentships in Middle Eastern Studies in Manchester. More information on how to apply is available on the NWDTC’s website.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact their prospective supervisors well in advance of the deadline.

Further enquiries may be directed to Joanne Marsh, Graduate School Senior Research Administrator (phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk) or to the co-director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, Prof. Alexander Samely (alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk).

ESRC NWSSDTP applications must be submitted to Mrs Joanne Marsh by 5pm GMT, 5 February 2018. PhD programme applications must be submitted online by 22 January 2018.

 

(D) Additional funding opportunities for international students

(E) External funding providers

For further information about PhD scholarships, bursaries, prizes and grants from other funding bodies, see the following sites:

Individual students entering their first year of doctoral study can apply for grants of up to £17,000 per year for up to three years to prepare and complete their doctoral dissertation in Jewish studies at an academic institution in Europe. Students in later years of a doctoral programme may also apply, but their proposed period of funding will be expected to be shorter. Applicants must demonstrate that their application has the support of their proposed supervisor, who should provide one of the references. (See the academic interests of staff at Manchester).

The Posen Foundation invites applications for the Posen Society of Fellows 2017-2019 cohort of graduate students studying modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture. $20,000 stipend/year for 2 years & summer seminars with preeminent Jewish Studies scholars. Applications must be submitted by 15 January 2018.

 

Practical information

Current PhD Students:

Current PhD students in their first or second year of study (or part-time equivalent) are eligible to apply for the AHRC, ESRC and some School awards. As you already have a place, you only need to meet the funding application deadline.

Research Proposal:

As part of your Funding Application, you need to submit a Research Proposal, the requirements and word limits for which are explained in the relevant Guidance.

References:

You will also need two references to be submitted. You should inform your referees that you are applying for funding. References that do not provide a detailed appraisal of your academic development and suitability for your proposed programme of study, but are simply a general statement of support, may disadvantage even the strongest applicant.

Forms and Guidance available from the School's Postgraduate Research Funding webpage.