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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 2016 entry. The closing date is Friday 19 February 2016.

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. Please click here for information on requirements, which include submission of a current CV and a proposal no longer than 2,000 words with the online application.

(2) AHRC Studentships

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 January 2016. AHRC Studentships will be available for October 2016 entry.

The 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 at the RCUK national rate for UK applicants. They cover tuition fees only for EU students. 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 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 Monday 11th January 2016.

For details, please see the Northern Bridge website: Please note that there are specific requirements listed on that website and in the Applicant Guidance Notes to which applicants must attend, these include a 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 Monday 1 February 2016. ESRC Studentships will be available for October 2016 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.

For details, please see the NEDTC website: Please note that there are specific requirements listed on that website to which applicants must attend, these include a requirement that the research project proposal be no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography).

(4) Durham Law School Studentships

Durham Law School invites applications for studentships for postgraduate research students, tenable from 1 October 2016. The successful applicants will register for a full-time PhD (three years) in the Law School. The funding is for one year in the first instance and renewable for up to three years. Funding is subject to satisfactory completion of the Law School's processes for the monitoring of postgraduate research students.

The successful candidates will undertake research on an approved topic under the supervision of members of the Law School's academic staff (for the research interests of academic staff, see PhD students are expected to submit their theses within three years of supervised study plus one year of continuation.

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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.