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Sykes Postgraduate Research Studentships in Italian (Masters and PhD)

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Sykes Postgraduate Research Studentships in Italian (Masters and PhD)

Sykes postgraduate research studentships in Italian with the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) at Cambridge are available to outstanding candidates applying for courses starting in the academic year 2019/20. As in previous years, a number of studentships will be available at both Masters (MPhil) and PhD level, for one year and three years of funding, respectively. The studentships are funded by a generous donation from the Keith Sykes Fund and are usually combined with matching funding from Cambridge colleges or from the Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's and International Trusts.

At Masters (MPhil) level, there are three courses with Italian pathways in MML: European, Latin American and Comparative Literature and Cultures; Theoretical and Applied Linguistics; Film and Screen Studies.

At PhD level, Italian at Cambridge supports a broad, interdisciplinary range of research under the general heading of Italian Studies.

Studentships will cover fees up to the standard UK / EU level and maintenance costs, either wholly or in ‘mosaic-funding’ combination with other grants. The overall number and distribution of awards between PhD and MPhil level will depend on the calibre of the candidates for each course of study and the availability of other sources of funding. It is a condition of application that candidates apply for all other Cambridge grants for which they are eligible ( All MML candidates with a predominant research interest in Italian will automatically be considered for a Sykes Studentship, subject to this condition.

Candidates should apply online for the relevant course in the normal way: All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Before applying, all potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact their potential supervisor and/or the current postgraduate coordinator in Italian: Prof Robert Gordon (


NOTE ON DEADLINES: Application deadlines vary:

- for US candidates also applying for Gates scholarships, the deadline falls on 10 October 2018;

- for other candidates seeking funding, the deadline falls on 3 January 2019 (

NOTE ON COLLEGES: All students at Cambridge are affiliated to a Department or Faculty and also to a college of the University.

This year both St Catharine's and Selwyn Colleges are supporting  Sykes studentships. See relevant college websites for further details; contact Dr Abigail Brundin,, for St Catherine's; and Dr Heather Webb,, for Selwyn.

Sykes studentships have also been hosted by Pembroke College and other colleges in the past.

In cases where studentships are hosted by a particular college, successful candidates may be required to move to a designated college in order to take up their studentships; but at this stage, they are free to indicate another college preference if they wish, as requested on the application system. College affiliations of the Professors and Lecturers in Italian are indicated on the following webpage:

NOTE ON BREXIT: The Studentships are intended to cover fees and maintenance costs for UK / EU students as currently defined. Cambridge University has undertaken to make every effort to maintain this level of fees throughout their course of study for all EU PhD students, unless new UK law at the point of Brexit expressly disallows it. See the following on this and for FAQs about Brexit and Cambridge: