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Durham Law School

Funding Opportunities

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 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.

(1) Durham Doctoral Studentships

A limited number of Durham Doctoral Studentships will be available for October 2015 entry. The closing date is 26 January 2015.

These studentship are highly competitive and aimed at stellar students who are not eligible for studentships (2) or (3). This means that only international students are eligible, because home and EU students can apply to one of the other two schemes.

Applicants are expected to have 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. The Law School will nominate in appropriate cases.

(2) AHRC Studentships

The closing date for applications is 26 January 2015. AHRC Studentships will be available for October 2015 entry.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2015. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Creative Practice disciplines.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast. Our aim is to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities, and successful applicants will join a thriving cohort of almost fifty Northern Bridge PhD students recruited through last year’s studentship competition. Northern Bridge offers exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, vibrant research environments that promote interdisciplinary enquiry, and research training and career development opportunities tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Northern Bridge students benefit from our close partnerships with prestigious local and national organisations in the cultural, heritage, broadcasting, and government sectors. Our partners provide a wide range of placement, research, and training opportunities, and currently comprise: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust.

We 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.

For further details, please see the Northern Bridge website:

(3) ESRC Studentships

ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre Scholarships: Deadline 16 February 2015. ESRC Studentships will be available for October 2015 entry.

The North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC) will be offering studentships funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Only UK and EU citzens will be eligible.

These studentships require use of a social science methodology. Law applicants will be considered within either the Social Policy pathway or the Politics and International relations pathway.

(4) Durham Law School Studentships

The deadline for applications for October 2015 entry is 01 April.

Durham Law School invites applications for scholarships for postgraduate research students, tenable from 1 October 2015. The successful applicants will register for a full-time PhD (three years) in the Law School. These studentships will provide funding for a fee waiver at home/EU rate, together with a stipend. (More information here).

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 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.