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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter January 2018

Funding your future

The deadline for some of our scholarships for MA and PhD students has now passed. However, there are still other sources of funding that may be available.

For UK taught students, a tuition fee loan through NEFirst Credit Union is now available.

For both international and UK students, there are various trusts and charitable bodies that offer support depending on your background and research interests. A full list can be found on the University's postgraduate site.

Our students also find it possible to take up part-time work alongside their studies, whether on projects within the Department or more widely. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre can help you find suitable jobs.

Meet international literary scholars in Durham

As one of the top 50 universities in the world for English Studies, we regularly play host to scholars from other institutions. As a postgraduate student, you will be invited to attend our research seminars, which will allow you to meet leading national and international critics and theorists as they discuss their new research.

Recent seminars, for example, have introduced speakers from three continents (Rebekah Sheldon from Indiana University in the USA; Grant Hamilton from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mario Aquilina from the University of Malta).

Durham's Institute of Advanced Study also hosts a number of Fellows every year to explore themes, including those linked to literature, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

An Interview with a Visiting Professor

Continuing the theme of international scholars, meet Professor Kathleen Cawsey, who is a visiting researcher from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia this year. Professor Cawsey is hosted by the Department of English Studies and St Cuthbert's Society.

Her research looks at the ways vernacular English writers in the Later Middle Ages thought language worked.

Professor Cawsey has already given one seminar in our 'Mothertongues' series, and will be contributing to other research and student activities during her stay.