Funding Opportunities


Masters Bursary Scheme

The Philological Society is pleased to offer a limited number of annual bursaries for students embarking on a taught postgraduate programme in the areas of linguistics or philology.  The intention is that the bursaries will make a contribution to maintaining and furthering the breadth and diversity of language-study in the UK by providing support for outstanding young scholars in the field. As one of the bursaries, the Council of PhilSoc decided in December 2014 to establish the Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary which would be given normally to someone working on Ancient Languages (including non-Indo-European ones). Each bursary is valued at £5000 p.a., which may be used for either fees or maintenance.  A bursary will not be granted to anyone who has full fees and maintenance from any other award but it may be used to supplement another award which covers only fees.  The application forms for the current competition are available on the right hand side of this page.


Travel and Fieldwork Bursaries

Student associate members who are enrolled on a doctoral programme are eligible to apply for bursaries to cover the cost of: (a) giving a paper at a conference in the UK or overseas, or (b) carrying out fieldwork (of long or short duration) in the UK or overseas. In 2015 PhilSoc awarded approximately £11,400 in bursaries to student members to support conference attendance and fieldwork. Members may apply for both, but one application only may be made in each category. Successful applicants will be expected to provide an illustrated report for posting on the Philological Society Blog  within two months of the completion of their conference or fieldwork. Applications should be supported by a letter from the member's supervisor and should be addressed to the Society's Hon. Treasurer, Prof. Peter Austin (

Previous reports on travel and fieldwork supported by the Philological Society can be found here.


The R. H. Robins Prize

Every other year the Philological Society offers a R. H. Robins student Prize for an article submission on a linguistic topic that falls within the area of the Society's interests as defined by present and past publications in the Transactions of the Philological Society. The Prize will be awarded in open competition. The competition is open to any individual or individuals who was/were both:

(i) registered students (at the time of submission); and,

(ii) Members or Student Associate Members of the Society (membership can be applied for at the time of submission).

The author(s) of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of £500 (shared equally between the authors of a jointly authored submission); the author(s) of the runner-up essay will receive a cash prize of £250 (again, shared equally as appropriate).  Additionally, the prize-winning and runner-up submissions, revised where appropriate in line with referees' comments, will be accepted for publication in the Society's journal, the Transactions of the Philological Society.

For further details see the link above to the page relating to the current competition.


The Martin Burr Fund

The Martin Burr Fund was established as a result of a generous bequest from the estate of Mr Martin Burr. It is intended that the Fund will be used generally to provide small grants to support activities by members of PhilSoc who do not have an academic affiliation and do not have access to other sources of funding. For example, it may be used to support a Masters bursary for a mature student, or a member of the Society attending a PhilSoc meeting which is of particular interest to them. The PhilSoc welcomes proposals from members.


Public Events and Outreach Fund

The Philological Society has established a fund to support public events and outreach events which promote interest in the structure and history of languages, or public support for the teaching and study of languages in the UK. Please click here for details.

Examples of supported events: Please find below a film of the English Grammar Day 2016, which was sponsored, among others, by the Philological Society.