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Complete this form to apply for a Difficult Language Training Extension. See pg 11 of your Handbook ( for guidance on what expenses are allowable - contact Dr. Stockall before submitting the form if you are unsure.  Please read the +more info guidance for each field below.

Extensions are additional periods of funded time that are added to your studentship, extending your award end date but not your final submission deadline.  They recognise the fact that if you are undertaking activities such as an overseas institutional visits, difficult language training or an internship you will have less time during these periods to undertake your doctoral work.

Language training: Up to one extra year’s extra support may be considered if a student needs to acquire or develop working ability with a language in order to carry out fieldwork (including UK fieldwork) or other parts of their research; this is over and above the funded length of the studentship. Students following a pre-described Masters course are not eligible to apply during this training.  Any anticipated language training should have been mentioned in the student’s application and project summary or be discussed with the Deputy Director, Training & Cohort Development as soon as possible upon commencing the studentship.

Language training extensions beyond six months will only be allowed if the student needs to spend an extended period of time overseas in order to obtain these language skills.  If the student has already undertaken a pre-described Masters course, it is expected that some progress with language acquisition will have been made and therefore it is not expected that extensions beyond six months will be made.  Extensions for language training do not automatically attract overseas fieldwork costs.  Overseas fieldwork costs should only be considered alongside an extension where it is not possible to learn the language outside of the fieldwork site.

Please see Annex 3 for guidance on the ‘groupings’ of languages (p. 42 of ESRC funding guide).

Extension applications will be reviewed on the first working Monday of January, April, July and October each year. Decisions may take up to 2 weeks to announce, depending on volume of applications. Applications must be approved at least 3 months BEFORE the start date.

Specify the Department or other Academic Unit (Institute, etc) where you are registered as a student

Enter the date your PhD studies commenced, or, for 1+3 students applying for an extension to occur after you complete your masters year, the date your PhD studies will commence. Note this is not necessarily the date your PhD studentship commenced if you were awarded funding after you began your studies. 

Dates need to be in the format 'DD/MM/YYYY', for example 27/03/1980.

Please make sure the date is between 01/10/2017 and 01/10/2022.


Enter the date your stipend is currently projected to end. For full time +3 students starting Oct. 1, 2017, this will be Sept. 30, 2020, but of course this will vary if your initial award was for a different duration, if you are studying part-time, if you have interrupted your studies, or if you have already received another stipend extension under a different scheme. Consult with LISS DTP admin staff to confirm the exact date if you are uncertain.

Dates need to be in the format 'DD/MM/YYYY', for example 27/03/1980.

The date should be on or after 30/09/2019.


Indicate your current target submission date. This must be within 48 months of the start date of your PhD for full time students. This date should be the same date confirmed by your supervisor in their support statement. NB: the OIV extension extends your studentship, NOT your submission date.

Dates need to be in the format 'DD/MM/YYYY', for example 27/03/1980.


Name the supervisor who is supporting your application - does not need to be the official 'primary' supervisor, but they must be named as a supervisor in our files. Format: FirstName LastName, e.g. Linnaea Stockall

Please provide us with the language group of the language you intend to study.  Please refer to Annex 3 for guidance on the 'groupings' of languages (p. 42 of ESRC funding guide).  

Please write a statement in support of your Difficult Language Extension application, describing how this language training is relevant to your research and will be beneficial to the completion of your funded research studies. Note that an extension to study a language intensively needs additional justification for why the language can not be learned through taking classes in London, along with your other training. This is especially critical for languages in Group D.


Max 1000 words

Please provide the start date and end date of the language training

Dates need to be in the format 'DD/MM/YYYY', for example 27/03/1980.

The date should be on or after 01/01/2019.


Dates need to be in the format 'DD/MM/YYYY', for example 27/03/1980.


Enter the total amount of associated costs support you would like to request here, in £s. 

Please provide screenshots of course costs, flight quotes, etc.

Please provide a breakdown of the proposed costs for which you are seeking support.

Note that while we may be able to provide some support to defray travel costs (including temporary accommodation), we expect you to cover the costs of living abroad through your stipend (this may entail finding a subletter for your London accommodations whilst you are away). 

Provide links to hosted files (eg. in a dropbox folder or similar) containing evidence of expected costs such as screen grabs/emails showing fare quotes, etc. Example:

Make sure the file sharing settings allow anyone with the link to view and download the link.

Ask the supervisor you named above to write a statement of support for your application. Paste the text in this field.

To the Supervisor: Please comment on the appropriateness and timeliness of the difficult language extension, whether the language training is necessary, and suitable/appropriate, and that the time allotted to the language studies will not prevent the student from completing their thesis on time.
[max 500 words]

You should also forward the email from your supervisor containing the text you paste here to (include: Difficult Language Extension Application support statement in the subject field) for confirmation.

You must provide documentation confirming you have a place on a course, or have confirmed arrangements with a private tutor.

You should also forward the email from your host containing the text you paste here to (include: Difficult language Extension Application support statement in the subject field) for confirmation. 

Obtain a short, but clear and specific statement of support from your Department, School or Institute's Director of Graduate Studies or equivalent (the title varies widely, but this is the person in your academic unit responsible for oversight of all PGR students - they'll usually be the person who leads your PhD induction, signs off on your annual progression reports, etc). If your supervisor is also your departmental DGS, please contact LISS DTP ( BEFORE submitting your application for guidance.

As with the other support statements, paste the text above, and forward the email from your DGS to The statement should make it clear the DGS is aware of the dates you will be away and how this will affect your plans to submit on time.