Category Archives: Competitions, Prizes, Bursaries

PhD Scholarships, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews invites outstanding PhD Candidates to apply for two School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarships, commencing in September 2017.

Each scholarship covers home fees and a stipend of £15k per annum for three years.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2017 5pm.

The School also invites the strongest applications to two Forum for Modern Language Studies Scholarships (£7,500 each), open to students in any field of Modern Languages who have been admitted to one of the School’s MLitt programmes.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2017 5pm.

The application forms and process for these awards is found here.

Decisions on applications will be made by mid-June.

The School of Modern Languages is home to a lively international postgraduate community. Around 50 students from all over the world are currently reading for taught or postgraduate degrees in an exceptional variety of areas, including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Comparative Literature, as well as Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies and Cultural Identity Studies.

Information on potential supervisors and staff research interests can be found here

Specific enquiries about these scholarships/particular fields of study should be addressed to

Arabic and Persian Studies – Catherine Cobham (

Comparative Literature – Prof Margaret-Anne Hutton (

French Studies – Dr Elodie Laügt (

German Studies — Dr Andrew Cusack (

Italian Studies – Dr Rossella Riccobono (

Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies – Dr Claire Whitehead (

Spanish and Latin American Studies – Prof Gustavo San Roman (

BCLA – John Dryden Translation Competition

British Comparative Literature Association

The John Dryden Translation Competition

 Annual competition with February closing date; enter at any time of year

 Any genre

 Any language into English

 A maximum of 20 pages

 One entry £7; two entries £12; three entries £16

 First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100

Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website. All entries received will go forward to the competition at the next closing date. Use the form provided on the website even if the current deadline has passed.

Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to:

Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London, London – EC1V 0HB. Email:

Masters by Research Fee Waivers at Royal Holloway, University of London

Masters by Research Fee Waivers in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies or Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is in a position to offer two Masters by Research fee waivers (full Home/EU fee waiver) for applications to its MA by Research for 2016-17.

In addition, the School is offering two MA by Research bursaries of £1000 for any of the programmes above (note that these may not be awarded concurrently with the fee waivers).

Applications received by the deadline of 13th July 2016 at 4pm will be considered, on a competitive basis.

“The Masters by Research offers a number of exciting possibilities to students who are interested in postgraduate study. Our Masters by Research is a flexible programme that allows students to undertake in-depth study (both full and part-time) on key areas of literature, visual or cultural studies or comparative topics. We offer a tailor-made research focussed module to equip you with a range of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture whilst you refine your own approach to your topic for the dissertation. More information is available here.

Eligibility conditions apply. Please note that only candidates who have been offered, and who have accepted, a place to study at Royal Holloway will be considered for any available funding opportunities.

We will consider applications from any area of our research specialisms in French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian or on comparative topics which might include comparisons between the literature, film or culture of different language areas (including texts in translation) subject to expertise in the School or other comparative topics such as adaptation, reception, interpretation, performance, place and displacement or creative transfer amongst others: ( Subject to a waiver of regulations, dissertations may be written in languages other than English.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr Sarah Wright ( as soon as possible who will be able to offer further advice on making an application, the programme, the fee waiver award, and on the range of research themes/topics on which we are able to offer expert supervision.”

Deadline Approaching for the Next Round of BCLA Postgraduate Bursaries

In 2014, the British Comparative Literature Association has announced a new scheme of postgraduate bursaries, designed to support attendance at conferences or research trips by BCLA members registered for a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes, MPhil, or PhD). Bursary applications may be accompanied by applications for membership.

The application deadline for the next round is 31 May 2016.

See Postgraduate Bursaries for details.



Deadline:  March 31, 2016

Entry: £6 (online payment to Wales PEN Cymru)

The English-language winner will be awarded a prize of £250 in a special event at the Hay Festival in May 2016. The winning translation will be published in Poetry Wales.

The Welsh-language winner will be awarded a prize of £250 and a bardic staff carved from a single piece of wood in a special ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in August 2016. The staff was commissioned and sponsored by Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru (The Society of Welsh Translators). The winning translation will be published in O’r Pedwar Gwynt.
The Challenge this year is to translate the unpublished poem ‘El Conejo y la Chistera’ by the Mexican poet, Pedro Serrano, into Welsh or English. The competition is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange, Aberystwyth University, and sponsored by Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

The competition is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange, Aberystwyth University, and sponsored by Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

For more detail about the competition, please visit the website.