School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Research Funding Schemes

Research Funding Schemes

We are committed to developing the postgraduate community in the School. This is reflected in the generous research support available to our postgraduate students.


In addition to free printing, computing facilities and Interlibrary Loans, the School provides a series of competitive support funds every semester.

All postgraduate research students are notified by email and are invited to apply for this funding twice a year. The applications are considered by a committee chaired by the PG Director and funding is awarded accordingly.

Postgraduate Conference Fund

This fund aims to support students wishing to organize a conference within the School.

Writing-up fund

Up to £2,000 per student is available to assist postgraduates in the final stages of their PhD in circumstances of financial hardship.

Postgraduate Research Support Fund

To support research trips, archive visits, and conference attendance outside Newcastle.

Postdoctoral Research Support Fund

To support the ongoing professionalisation of SELLL postdoctoral students supporting research activities such as library visits/research trips that are linked to the production of key CV-building publications and activities that involve establishing regional links with potential partners in the North East.

Placement Fund

To support external placements that are of mutual benefit to the postgraduate researcher/School and the host institution/organisation. The bursaries are worth up to £500 each. It is normally expected that these placements will be with the school's existing partners (eg Dove Cottage, Seven Stories, Egmont Publishing).

Postgraduate Forum

Through the Postgraduate Forum we offer a series of informal sessions that support your career development at all stages of postgraduate study. Sessions are led by:

  • staff
  • students
  • early career researchers
  • alumni
  • the Careers Service

They provide invaluable training and advice for current and prospective postgraduates, from building a CV and applying for funding, to how to get published or organise a conference.

The forum is organised by the Chair and Secretary of the Postgraduate Staff-Student Committee