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You never know until you apply, so don't give up hope.

If you have a good first degree and can sell yourself to the deciding panel, you might be in with a chance
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My biggest concern about the BGP scheme is that smaller and lower ranked universities that aren't funded by it will inevitably suffer.

Exceptional graduates may think twice about studying at a university that doesn't offer funding for their course, even if these institutions might have the best specialists for their fields.
That's one of my BIG problems :mad:
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There's always AHRC's open competition for students who want to study at these universities, but I wonder how many are willing to go through all that rigmarole?

I've seen a few new scholarships popping up here and there, but I have a feeling they're going to be just as competitive as the BGP scheme.
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Ugh, I know - I just wish it weren't so expensive ... I think I'm very unlikely to get funding!
How much does it cost to do an MPhil in ASNC?
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There's always AHRC's open competition for students who want to study at these universities, but I wonder how many are willing to go through all that rigmarole?
And if you read the small print, the chance of getting the AHRC to actually give the money to study at a 'lesser' institution is very very very low. I was told about 18 months ago before the BGP kicked in that it probably isn't worth the bother and that was from someone who's on the inside of the AHRC.

Have a look at this: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportu...e%20awards.pdf

That small tiny limited amount has to be spread across the other 80 odd universities in the country!
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Ouch!

Some of the figures made me laugh, though. Only one doctoral award for Creative Writing...must be lonely at the top...
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I am extremely p*ssed off with the way that funding is allocated. The cabal that gave out funding on my course gave it to people with lower marks than me and because there is nowhere else to apply to I am going to have to start selling drugs/kidneys/dreams. I feel like I'd have stood a better chance doing less work and more brown-nosing. Not that I'm bitter about it.....
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(Original post by tigermoth99)
You never know until you apply, so don't give up hope.

If you have a good first degree and can sell yourself to the deciding panel, you might be in with a chance
That's the thing, though ... my first degree marks weren't that amazing, though I did get a few pretty good scores in some of my essays corresponding to ASNC subjects (but not in all of them, and often they're not that apparent on my transcript as they only made up part of a module). So I don't know how much my marks will drag down my chances of getting in, let alone my chances of getting funding! I'm also doing an MA already though so I'm not sure if that will make a difference or make my undergrad marks slightly less relevant, as on the ASNC website it says you need a good undergraduate degree or a master's (although the master's isn't strictly related to ASNC, but it is in Scandinavia!).

I have done quite a lot of Norse-related extra-currics that will look good, like going to lectures by visiting academics and The Viking Conference and being part of Durham Old Norse Group, and I think I can get a few good references (and the world of Norse Academia is quite small so I think the people reading my application would know at least one of my referees). Also, I have some fairly good written work I can send in, that also corresponds to my research proposal. I wouldn't say I'm an outstanding candidate though! I just really love the course and I'm hoping that it's an obscure enough subject that they won't be too inundated with genius to even consider me :o: Maybe I'm just fooling myself ...

(Original post by Blátönn)
How much does it cost to do an MPhil in ASNC?
I don't recall the exact figure, but with the tuition and college fee and estimated living expenses it was somewhere around £13,500, I believe.
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It sounds like you're doing all the right things. You're applying for a niche area, which should make it easier to be successful in (in theory, anyway)
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That's the thing, though ... my first degree marks weren't that amazing, though I did get a few pretty good scores in some of my essays corresponding to ASNC subjects (but not in all of them, and often they're not that apparent on my transcript as they only made up part of a module). So I don't know how much my marks will drag down my chances of getting in, let alone my chances of getting funding! I'm also doing an MA already though so I'm not sure if that will make a difference or make my undergrad marks slightly less relevant, as on the ASNC website it says you need a good undergraduate degree or a master's (although the master's isn't strictly related to ASNC, but it is in Scandinavia!).

I have done quite a lot of Norse-related extra-currics that will look good, like going to lectures by visiting academics and The Viking Conference and being part of Durham Old Norse Group, and I think I can get a few good references (and the world of Norse Academia is quite small so I think the people reading my application would know at least one of my referees). Also, I have some fairly good written work I can send in, that also corresponds to my research proposal. I wouldn't say I'm an outstanding candidate though! I just really love the course and I'm hoping that it's an obscure enough subject that they won't be too inundated with genius to even consider me :o: Maybe I'm just fooling myself ...



I don't recall the exact figure, but with the tuition and college fee and estimated living expenses it was somewhere around £13,500, I believe.
Why don't you apply for 1+3 funding for doing a masters and PhD in ASNAC? If you give enough of a wang about your subject to do 2 masters degrees in it, I don't see why you'd rule a PhD out. Aren't there other places that offer it?
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Why don't you apply for 1+3 funding for doing a masters and PhD in ASNAC? If you give enough of a wang about your subject to do 2 masters degrees in it, I don't see why you'd rule a PhD out. Aren't there other places that offer it?
Ah, but my current MA isn't in the same subject, although I might force in a few overlaps where I can. Nottingham does Norse and Viking Studies, which sounds kind of awesome, and Aberdeen does Scandinavian Studies, but otherwise they're few and far between (as far as I can tell).

I've just tried searching for some info on 1+3 funding and I can only find ESRC stuff...? Do you know where I can find out more about it?

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Ah, but my current MA isn't in the same subject, although I might force in a few overlaps where I can. Nottingham does Norse and Viking Studies, which sounds kind of awesome, and Aberdeen does Scandinavian Studies, but otherwise they're few and far between (as far as I can tell).

I've just tried searching for some info on 1+3 funding and I can only find ESRC stuff...? Do you know where I can find out more about it?

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Well your MA is in English, so same discipline surely? Why can't you apply for a straight up PhD in the subject?
I'm no good on AHRC money but...
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Do AHRC do 1+3?
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Well your MA is in English, so same discipline surely? Why can't you apply for a straight up PhD in the subject?
I'm no good on AHRC money but...

Do AHRC do 1+3?
No, they fund them seperately so (s)he'd(?) be looking at the AHRC MA funding and there's not a lot of it. Stupid AHRC :p:
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Ah, but my current MA isn't in the same subject, although I might force in a few overlaps where I can. Nottingham does Norse and Viking Studies, which sounds kind of awesome, and Aberdeen does Scandinavian Studies, but otherwise they're few and far between (as far as I can tell).
What about Edinburgh and UCL? From what I gather in my department in Edinburgh, you can do pretty much anything you like during your masters and the staff have a fairly broad church of expertise. Same should go for UCL.
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Hi I've stuck the thread - would you mind linking to the funding wiki and such in the first post? That way we can have a bit of an FAQ or something first. Otherwise I can do that in a seperate post and we can postdate it and change the author to you if that would help, so that it doesn't get in the way of the more personal element of the thread. I figured that might be a good idea!
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Hi I've stuck the thread - would you mind linking to the funding wiki and such in the first post? That way we can have a bit of an FAQ or something first. Otherwise I can do that in a seperate post and we can postdate it and change the author to you if that would help, so that it doesn't get in the way of the more personal element of the thread. I figured that might be a good idea!
Oooo good idea Shall go forth and edit!
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Do AHRC do 1+3?
:no:

And like Ilex has said, MA funding is SO scarce. Have a look at the excel spreadsheet entitled 'summary of total studentships offered' on here: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportu...Pages/BGP.aspx

Then select the by year tab for RPM.

Just looking at that table makes me want to cry :puppyeyes:
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I was looking at it this weekend. Made me a little unhappy, so had to stop.
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Gah, I wish universities would update their websites for 2010 entry funding :banghead:
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I'm joining this thread. I've realised I really don't want to work yet and I really want to do a PhD (I always thought this, and now I know). There's no way in hell I'm going to get funding, although I'm going to try. I'm seriously considering looking at doing it part-time.
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