Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic AHRC Studentships for 2016-2017 in History, Literature, Music, Creative Writing, Film and Cultural Studies, Law and Philosophy
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-1

Keele University is pleased to announce a major investment in Postgraduate Research Studentship opportunities across the Humanities, including AHRC studentships, to attract outstanding candidates to join its vibrant research environment.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 94% of work in the Humanities at Keele was judged to be of at least international standard, with between 67% and 82% in the top two categories, denoting Internationally Excellent and World Leading research (3* and 4*).


Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here:  We are also offering a number of University Scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships and fee waivers.


For 2016-2017 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:


  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Law
  • Philosophy


The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is proud of its postgraduate research community, which we see as a vital part of the broader research culture within the University.  Our students enjoy high quality office space within a building dedicated to Humanities & Social Sciences research, the Claus Moser Research Centre, which brings together space for conferences and events, workshops, video conferencing, postgraduate research symposia, research projects, and a Faculty Research Office support team dedicated to making your experience at Keele run as smoothly as possible. To get an idmpression of our intellectual and physical evironment, please see this recent video.


For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:


Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:


  • Fully funded AHRC studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
  • The NWCDTP consortium also offers a small number 1 + 3 Studentships to provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level
  • MRes (Masters in Research) in History fee waivers and bursaries


A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee, currently set at £14,057 stipend and £4,052 tuition fees.  If you are considering applying for an AHRC studentship from outside the UK, please check your eligibility to apply under section 9 of this document:   


The closing date for applications is Friday 22 January 2016.

Please note that candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.  


Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Kate Cushing ( and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point:; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.


Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,052
Stipend £14,057
Closing date Friday 22 January 2016. Candidates will be informed of the final decision by 29 April 2016.

Apply online here