Funding Opportunities

PhilSoc offers funding for (1) Masters Bursaries; (2) Travel and Fieldwork Bursaries for PhD students; (3) unaffiliated members via Martin Burr awards. and (4) Public Events and Outreach. The scope of each and application procedures are described below.

Masters Bursary Scheme

PhilSoc offers a limited number of annual bursaries for students embarking on a taught postgraduate programme in the areas of linguistics or philology (MA, MSt, MPhil).  The bursaries are intended to make a contribution to maintaining and furthering the breadth and diversity of language-study in the UK by providing support for outstanding scholars in the field.  One bursary, called the Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary is normally awarded for studies on ancient languages (including non-Indo-European ones). Each bursary is valued at £5000 for one year only, which may be used for either fees or maintenance.  A bursary will not be awarded 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.  Applications for 2021 awards will be announced on this website.

Travel and Fieldwork Bursaries

Student associate members who are enrolled on a doctoral programme can apply for bursaries to cover the cost of travel and subsistence when: (a) giving a paper at a conference in the UK or overseas, or (b) carrying out fieldwork and data collection in the UK or overseas. The maximum such award is £1,000, and associate 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. For information about how to apply please contact  the Society's Hon. Treasurer, Prof. Peter K. Austin (

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

Unaffiliated member awards (Martin Burr Fund)

The Martin Burr Fund was established as a result of a generous bequest from the estate of Mr Martin Burr, 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 conference travel and accommodation costs for an unaffiliated member of the Society to present a paper at a conference or carry out fieldwork, data collection or archival research. For further information contact the Society's Hon. Treasurer, Prof. Peter K. Austin (

Public Events and Outreach

PhilSoc has 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.  For more information please contact the Society's Hon. Treasurer, Prof. Peter K. Austin (