Scholarships and Prizes

Following the success of the print Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, the editors decided to devote most of the royalties to enhancing research into English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. This was primarily achieved by the establishment of a range of postgraduate research scholarships, in addition to undergraduate research prizes and the annual Samuels and Kay Lectures. Funding for these scholarships was also boosted by a substantial legacy left after her death by Professor Christian Kay.

Historical Thesaurus Undergraduate Prizes

From 2014, there are two prizes available for excellence in an undergraduate dissertation in English Language and Linguistics:

  • The Michael Samuels Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research into Historical English Language and Linguistics
  • The Christian Kay Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research into Modern English Language and Linguistics

These prizes are awarded annually to Senior Honours students in the English Language and Linguistics subject area on the recommendation of the Historical Thesaurus Prize Committee. The prizes are funded by donations from Professor Samuels' and Professor Kay's family, friends, and colleagues. Further contributions to these funds are very welcome, and can be made here and here.

The following students have won Historical Thesaurus dissertation prizes:

2013-14:

  • George Hardwick (Michael Samuels prize): "'Harmless Drudgery'?: Deconstructing Eighteenth Century Notions of Standard Language, with reference to Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language and Francis Grose's A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue"
  • Colin Reilly (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Stakeholder Perceptions on the Need and Role of English in Malawi"
  • Helen Bradshaw (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Following the mobilization of women, how were feminine norms constituted, defined and controlled within issues of the women's magazines Woman and Woman's Own from the war year 1942?"

2014-15:

  • Thomas Robinson (Michael Samuels prize): "Samuel Johnson's Treatment of French in A Dictionary of the English Language"
  • Peter Joseph Stewart (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Psychic Equivocation: Grice and stage psychics"
  • Sonja Maria Hakala (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Birds of a Feather: The cross-cultural adjustment of Finnish international students in Glasgow"

2015-16:

  • Rachel Norris (Michael Samuels prize): "The Semantics of Suffering: A Study of the Vocabulary and Imagery of Portrayals of Suffering in Four Old English Elegies"
  • Christopher Miller (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Justifying a Sentence: A Critical Analysis of Prescriptive Methods of Interpretation in Legal Language"
  • Derek Henderson (Christian Kay prize, jointly awarded): "Message in a glottal: a sociolinguistic study of glottal replacement in Dundee "

Historical Thesaurus Postgraduate Scholarships

The postgraduate scholarships are named in honour of the four original editors of the Historical Thesaurus: Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels and Irené Wotherspoon.

For 2010-14, awards of full fees were offered to students undertaking PhD or MPhil research degrees in any of the subjects covered by Glasgow's English Language and Linguistics subject area. In 2014 onwards, awards will be made for full fees for MPhil degrees only. There is no maintenance element in the award.

Successful candidates must be accepted by the College of Arts. They will have a Master’s degree or a First or high Upper Second Class degree from a UK or equivalent university. They will be expected to apply for other funding which is open to them, such as the College of Arts internships. If they achieve a major award such as an AHRC studentship, the Historical Thesaurus scholarship will be withdrawn.

There is no special application procedure. All students accepted to undertake an MPhil degree in English Language before 1 July each year will be considered automatically.

We are pleased to note that many of the MPhil scholarship awardees have progressed to full PhD funding from other sources.

The following students have held Historical Thesaurus scholarships.

Year 1, 2010-11:

  • Leonie Dunlop (Wotherspoon scholarship): MPhil
  • Daria Izdebska (Roberts scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Namiko Kikusawa (Kay scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Thomas White (Samuels scholarship): MPhil (part time), Year 1

Year 2, 2011-12:

  • Katrin Goundry (Samuels scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Rachael Hamilton (Kay Scholarship): PhD, Year 1, Semester 1 (afterwards transferred to a full AHRC scholarship)
  • Daria Izdebska (Roberts scholarship): PhD, Year 2
  • Magdalena Leitner (Wotherspoon scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Francesca Mackay (Roberts scholarship): MPhil
  • Thomas White (Samuels scholarship): MPhil (part time), Year 2

Year 3, 2012-13:

  • Katrin Goundry (Samuels scholarship): PhD, Year 2
  • Daria Izdebska (Roberts scholarship): PhD, Year 3
  • Sadie Ryan (Wotherspoon scholarship): MPhil

Year 4, 2013-14:

  • ShouChun (Cheery) Chien (Samuels scholarship): PhD, Year 2
  • Jennifer Dornan (Roberts scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Katrin Goundry (Samuels scholarship): PhD, Year 3
  • Elina Koristashevskaya (Kay scholarship): PhD, Year 1
  • Miriam Krause (Wotherspoon scholarship): PhD (part time), Year 1
  • Ross McLachlan (Kay scholarship): MPhil

Year 5, 2014-15:

  • Jennifer Dornan (Roberts scholarship): PhD, Year 2 (on maternity leave)
  • Elina Koristashevskaya (Kay scholarship): PhD, Year 2
  • Miriam Krause (Wotherspoon scholarship): PhD (part time), Year 2
  • Colin Reilly (Kay scholarship): MPhil

Year 6, 2015-16:

  • Elina Koristashevskaya (Kay scholarship): PhD, Year 2
  • Miriam Krause (Wotherspoon scholarship): PhD (part time), Year 3
  • Viola Legény (Samuels scholarship): MPhil

Year 7, 2016-17:

  • Elina Koristashevskaya (Kay scholarship): PhD (part time), Year 3
  • Miriam Krause (Wotherspoon scholarship): PhD (part time), Year 3
  • Rachel Fletcher (Roberts scholarship): MPhil
  • Ewan Hannaford (Samuels scholarship): MPhil