Humanities PhD Studentship for BME Applicants at Westminster

The University of Westminster has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UK, with a high percentage of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students. Yet BME students remain relatively under-represented at the higher levels of research, with a significantly lower proportion of BME doctoral students. As part of the ongoing effort to ensure equal access to research opportunities within our subject areas, the School of Humanities at Westminster, which houses the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, intends to fund a full studentship for a PhD student starting their studies in January 2021, which will be available to BME applicants only.

The successful candidate will have exceptional research potential in one or more Humanities disciplines: English Language, English Literature, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish), Translation Studies or Cultural Studies and Visual Culture.

The studentship will be open to students eligible for home fees and consists of a fee waiver and an annual stipend of £17,285 (for 2020/21, raising each year in line with UKRI increases) for three years. This includes London weighting. The studentship will include a comprehensive personal and professional development training and mentoring programme provided through the University of Westminster Graduate School. The researcher will also have the opportunity to join the University’s BME Network.

For queries about any aspect of the application process, or informal enquiries about areas of research, please contact the School of Humanities PhD Co-ordinator, Dr Helen Glew, at

Applications should be submitted by Friday 16 October. Interviews will take place in late October.

Full details on the studentship and how to apply here.

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