The University provides information on scholarships and bursaries, giving you a list of available sources of funding. The following are more specific sources of funding for Law postgraduates.
Funding Available to All Law Postgraduates
The British Chevening Scholarships
These scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council. These awards enable overseas students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. There are three types of scholarship: Type A scholarships (tuition fees only), Type B scholarships (tuition fees, monthly stipend and various one-off allowances), and Type C scholarships (part/full stipend and/or allowances).
Applications are to be made on-line: E-Chevening. Remember though that you should first read your country listing page to see if there is any country specific information relevant to your application.
For further information, please see the British Chevening Scholarship website.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US$25,000 or its equivalent for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies.
Applications are to be made through your local Rotary club. Use the Club Locator to find contact information for Rotary clubs.
Funding Available to Postgraduate Research Students
To be considered for any of the funding opportunities below you will first need to apply for the appropriate research degree in Law. Prospective applicants should discuss their research proposal with a possible supervisor before submitting a formal application. The deadlines provided are for submission of the online application and all supporting documents.
- Information on applying for a research degree can be found here.
- Information on prospective supervisors can be found on individual staff pages and on the potential areas supervision page.
(1) Durham Doctoral Studentships
International students across all of the Faculty's Departments and Schools can apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.
Additionally, Home/EU students in fields not supported by Doctoral Training Partnerships will also be considered for these awards.
The Faculty's Durham Doctoral Studentships are tenable for three (3) years and provide award-holders with the following package of financial support:
- A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £14,553 - the exact sum is announced annually by RCUK);
- Full payment of tuition fees
Part-time award-holders are funded for six (6) years and receive a maintenance grant and research expenses allowance at 50% of the full-time rate.
Eligibility & Requirements
We are looking for candidates with the following:
- A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
- An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as through the publication of journal articles and other publications; and
- Be planning to conduct a high-quality research project.
In addition, candidates will usually hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or related discipline.
Applications are considered according to their academic merit. Factors such as your financial status and nationality are not taken into account.
How to Apply
To apply for a Durham Doctoral Studentship you need to complete the University's online application form and state that you wish to be considered for the award when the form asks you how you intend to fund your studies. In addition to completing an online application form, you will also need to provide the following documentation to your prospective department or school:
- Current CV;
- A research proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography);
- Two references; and
- Transcripts of your previous degree(s).
If you have already submitted your online application form and not added that you want to be considered for an award, please contact your prospective Department/School to inform them that you wish to be considered for a Durham Doctoral Studentship.
The deadline for submitting your application is Friday 23 February 2018.
If you have any questions about applying for a Durham Doctoral Studentship please contact your prospective Department or School in the first instance.
(2) AHRC Studentships
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 January 2018. AHRC Studentships will be available for October 2018 entry.
The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2018. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including in Law.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offers the high-quality supervisory expertise and exceptional resources of Durham University, Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers. The awards cover tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant of £14,553 national rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students.
Northern Bridge provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:
- fees and maintenance at the UK Research Councils’ national rate
- a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
- financial support to attend our cohort-building events
- financial support to incorporate short-term placements, international study visits and specialist training events in order to develop your skills.
The scheme welcomes applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. This generally means a first-class or very good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a Masters degree. Applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the AHRC (institutional funds permitting, maintenance awards may be offered to successful EU applicants).
If you wish to be considered for Northern Bridge AHRC funding for a PhD in Law, you must have made an on-line application for a PhD place at Durham by 5pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018. On the section of the form that asks you how you intend to fund your studies, state that you wish to be considered for an AHRC NBDTP and insert the code AH18.
For full details see Northern Bridge: http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/studentships/apply/
Please note that there are specific requirements listed on that website and in the Applicant Guidance Notes to which applicants must attend. These includea requirement that the research project proposal be no longer than 750 words in length (excluding bibliography).
(3) ESRC Studentships
ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre Scholarships: Deadline Friday 12th January 2018. ESRC Studentships will be available for October 2018 entry.
The NINE DTP is an exciting new collaboration between seven universities producing world-class research across the full range of social science disciplines. NINE DTP builds upon the previous North East Doctoral Training Centre. It is offering 50 studentships funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which offer £4,195 towards fees and a maintenance grant of £14,553 national rate for UK applicants. Only UK and EU citizens are eligible. EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award (but institutional funds permitting, maintenance awards may be offered to successful EU applicants).
The scheme welcomes applications from outstanding candidates who can demonstrate evidence of academic excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as evidence of sufficient research skills to undertake the project. This generally means a first-class or very good upper-second undergraduate degree and performance at or around distinction level in a Masters degree.
These studentships require use of a social science methodology, e.g. an element of empirical research.
For full details, please see the NINE DTP website: https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/ and in particular the document here and the section on how to apply: https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/making-your-application/
Please note that there are specific requirements listed on that website with which applicants must comply. These include a requirement that the research project proposal be no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography).
Durham Law School will be providing three or four 3-year PhD scholarships for those accepted onto its full-time PhD programme. These will consist of a fee waiver at the home/EU rate, together with a stipend of £10,000 p.a. For students who are required to pay tuition fees at international level, this will be only a fee waiver without stipend.
Candidates for these scholarships must be willing and able to offer up to 40 hours’ teaching a year on one or more of the following core areas of the undergraduate law degree:
Legal Skills/Legal System of England and Wales, Contract, Tort, EU Constitutional Law, UK Constitutional Law, Individual and the State, Criminal Law, Trusts, Land Law.
Full details, including a person description, are available here:
(i) apply, online, to our PhD programme in the normal manner (see https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/apply/); and
(ii) send a separate email to the Postgraduate Support Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org), indicating a preference as to teaching area(s), as specified above. If you have already applied for a PhD place in Durham Law School,
commencing in October 2018, simply send the email; you are permitted to attach a revised Research Proposal to it, if you wish.
(iii) Full details of how to apply and what to include in your application are available at the link in (i) above, but your application should comprise:
- Online application form
- Transcripts of previous degrees
- Two references
- A Research Proposal. For a standard law PhD (i.e. one investigating legal doctrine and/or legal theory) this need be no more than 750 words. If your proposal involves a social sciences methodology (e.g. empirical research in the form of data-gathering, interviewing etc) then you must give a full explanation of this methodology; in this case your proposal may be up to 2,000 words.
The deadline for applications is TBC.
Enquiries should at first instance be sent to email@example.com
Funding Available to Taught Postgraduate Students Only
Durham Santander Scholarships
In partnership with Banco Santander, Durham University will be awarding 5 postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from Latin America. Each scholarship is worth £5000 and will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (such as an LLM).
The full details can be found on the International Office website. Those meeting the criteria will automatically be considered for the scholarship.
For more information please contact the Postgraduate Secretaries.