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Postgraduate language training

How to obtain funding for postgraduate language training

The following information is about languages other than English

However, we do have a comprehensive programme of Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) support also available for English.

For Postgraduate students in the Schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) only

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The following provision is available:

  • CULP Languages for Academic Purposes (LAP) Courses delivered by the Language Centre. The Schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have agreed to provide funding to ensure this area of language training is free for postgraduate students within the two Schools.

For Postgraduate students in all Faculties or Departments

  • Supported self-study in the John Trim Centre and Language Advice sessions are free of charge.

  • CULP Languages for All Courses to help you develop your direct communication skills for fieldwork, research collaboration and employability purposes. Fees are payable for these courses. See Bursary Schemes for support which may be available for Doctoral students.

  • Enrolment on CULP Languages for Academic Purposes (LAP) Courses may be possible for students in other schools if spaces are available. A fee will be chargeable.

  • Colleges may, at their discretion, provide support for language courses.

Researcher Development Language Training (RDLT) Bursary

Please read the following carefully before applying:

    • The bursary scheme is only available to students engaged in doctoral/PhD studies, or MPhil students on a PhD track

    • Bursaries awarded will only cover half of the full course fee (for a CULP Languages for All Course, currently £285 per course), or £142.50 or up to half the full course fee, whichever is the lower (for external provision)

    • Bursaries must be used during the academic year of award; it is not possible to carry an unused bursary over to the next academic year and a fresh application will need to be made

    • Bursaries will not normally be awarded to PhD year 4+ students

    • ADTIS In-Sessional provision or other English tuition are not eligible for a bursary under this scheme

Bursaries will only be awarded for CULP courses or external provision starting, or due to start in Michaelmas term (Cycle 1), and Lent / Easter terms (Cycle 2).

Please do not apply for a bursary in Cycle 2 if you started your language training in Michaelmas term.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how the language training proposed will benefit their research and/or career development.

To apply for a RDLT bursary please complete the online application form for the relevant cycle below.

    • Bursary applications will be considered in 2 cycles each year:

        • Cycle 1: Michaelmas Term – application period from 09:00 on Monday 4 September to 09:00 on Monday 2 October 2023;

        • Cycle 2: Cycle 2: Lent Term – application period from 09:00 on Monday 12 February to 09:00 on Monday 11 March 2024.

Any bursary awarded must be used in the academic year in which it is awarded. It cannot be transferred to the next academic year if it cannot be used.

Read the questions checklist to successfully complete your application.

N.B. The Researcher Development Language Training Bursary Scheme is competitive, with a fixed annual pot of funding. Not all applications will therefore be successful. Priority will be given to those applicants who evidence their requirement for language training and the benefits they will derive from it.

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For Postgraduate Students in Science-based disciplines

  • The AJ Pressland Fund, administered by the Language Centre, provides bursaries for students of any science based discipline to take intensive language training in other countries during the Long Vacation. Priority is given to students who have already demonstrated a commitment to language learning, taking advantage of provision delivered by the Language Centre and/or the Department of Engineering Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication (CLIC). For more information go to the Pressland Fund pages.

Postgraduate Students may also be able to request a financial contribution towards language study from their College. Please note that any such contribution will be at the discretion of the College concerned. You should also enquire if there is any additional financial support available from your Faculty/Department. The application form asks you to include an indication of the financial support you expect to obtain from other sources so please enquire before applying to this scheme.

Please note that bursary applications to cover funding for courses taken in previous academic years will not be considered. For any further clarification, please contact Jocelyn Wyburd:

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