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 our ongoing effort to ensure equal access to research opportunities within our subject areas, the School of Humanities at Westminster intends to fund a full studentship for a PhD student starting their studies in January 2021, which will be available to BME applicants only.

About the studentship

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 our University of Westminster Graduate School. The researcher will also have the opportunity to join the University's BME Network.

*Minimum full-time enrolment before submission is 33 months. Fee waivers are in place for the three-year-studentship. Following that there is a six month no-fee period for writing up. Should a doctoral research student not have submitted by the end of the no-fee period then a £1,500 fee is applicable.

How to apply

For all information on entry requirements and how to apply for our research degrees, please see the following pages: 

For queries about any aspect of the application process, or informal enquiries about our areas of research, please contact the School PhD Co-ordinator, Dr Helen Glew, at [email protected].

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

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply. However, they will need to make up the fee difference between the Home/EU fee rate and the Overseas fee rate themselves. For information on fee levels see our Research degrees fees and funding page


These studentships are available to BME PhD applicants only. The following ethnic groups are considered as BME:

  • Arab
  • Asian - Bangladeshi
  • Asian - Chinese
  • Asian - Indian
  • Asian - Other
  • Asian - Pakistani
  • Black - African
  • Black - Caribbean
  • Black - Other
  • Gypsy or Traveller
  • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White/Black African
  • Mixed - White and Asian
  • Mixed - Other
  • Other - Any other Black or Minority Ethnic Group

About the School of Humanities

The School of Humanities, based in our historic Regent Street building, offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary research environment, at the centre of which are several innovative research groups and centres.

We have a well-established PhD programme and you can study with us in, or across, a wide range of disciplines, including modern languages, visual culture, English literature, history, linguistics and translation studies.

Read more about The School of Humanities