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Sri Lankan Languages Fund

Sri Lankan Languages Fund

Sri Lankan Languages Fund

Administered by the Language Centre in collaboration with the Centre of South Asian Studies, the Sri Lankan Languages Fund offers bursaries to support the study of Sri Lankan languages either in the UK or in Sri Lanka.

Awards are likely to be made for a maximum of £2,000 for any one course of study, though individual circumstances and the merit of the application will be taken into account.


Any current staff or student member of the University (excludes visiting students) whose academic work concerns Sri Lanka may apply for funds to support course fees, accommodation and travel as required. (If the language study is to be combined with fieldwork then only the language-learning component will be supported from this Fund.)

Application Period:

Applications may be made on a rolling basis.

Applicants should demonstrate that the following criteria are met:

For all language training:

    • Demonstrable benefit to your studies, research

For language training undertaken in Sri Lanka:

    • That you will be completing intensive language training (i.e. minimum of 20 contact hours per week)
    • That your chosen course will last for a minimum of one week and a maximum of four

For language training undertaken in the UK:

    • That you will be completing at least 20 hours of training in total

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Applications can be made for:

    • Course fees
    • Travel costs *
    • Accommodation **

* Travel costs will only be partially met if you will be combining language training with fieldwork
** Accommodation costs will be met only for the duration of the language training component of any trip combing language training and fieldwork

Applications should be submitted via the online system, which can be accessed here:

Further information is available from the Language Centre Administrator.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief project report on completion of their language training, focusing primarily on their experience and whether they would recommend the institution / trainer with whom training was undertaken.

Application Guidance

The following document can be downloaded here:

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