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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 2017 entry. The closing date is 5pm 24th February 2017.

These studentships, consisting of fee waiver plus a bursary of currently £14,296 p.a., are highly competitive and aimed at stellar students; only international students are eligible, because home and EU students can apply to the AHRC or ESRC schemes. So if you have been in touch with an outstanding overseas candidate, who is applying for a PhD with you, please draw this to their attention.

Applicants are expected to have an outstanding academic record and evidence of very strong research potential, such as through the publication of journal articles OR other publications, and be planning a high-quality research project. The Law School may nominate no more than two students for these awards.

For further details, see below: the students need to apply for a PhD on the online form and state on it that they wish to be considered for a DDS, or if they have already applied, they should notify the School using law.pgofficer@durham.ac.uk that they wish to be considered for it. Their application must be accompanied by:

1. Current CV;

2. A research proposal, which is no longer than 2,000 words in length (excluding bibliography);

3. Two references; and

4. Transcripts of previous degree(s).

See further

https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialsciences.health/research_postgraduate_programmes/funding/doctoralstudentships/


(2) AHRC Studentships

The closing date for applications is Wedneaday 11 January 2017. AHRC Studentships will be available for October 2017 entry.

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2017. 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 £14,296 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 11th January 2017. 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 AH17.

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 Monday 16th Janaury 2017. ESRC Studentships will be available for October 2017 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 cover fees and a maintenance grant of £14,296 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://community.dur.ac.uk/nine-dtp/studentships/ and in particular the document here and the section on how to apply: https://community.dur.ac.uk/nine-dtp/apply-now/

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).


(4) Durham Law School Studentships

Deadline: 15th March 2017

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:

Applicants should:

(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 (law.pgofficer@durham.ac.uk), 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 2017, 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 15th March 2017 at 5pm GMT.

Enquiries should at first instance be sent to law.pgofficer@durham.ac.uk

5) POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Durham Law School invites applications for a Postgraduate Research Student Scholarship, tenable from 1 October 2017. The successful applicant will register for a full-time MJur (one year) in the Law School.

The scholarship provides a waiver of tuition fees at Home/EU rates, a substantial subsidy towards the cost of living accommodation in Grey College, and a small personal stipend.

The Scholarship is generously supported by Bond Dickinson LLP.

Field of Study

The successful candidate will undertake research on an approved topic under the supervision of an appropriately qualified member of the Law School’s academic staff (for the research interests of academic staff, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/staff/).

The approved topic may relate to any aspect of the law relating to business. As examples, this could include legal areas such as: corporate law, including corporate social responsibility issues; partnerships, joint ventures and other business structures; dispute resolution; commercial and sales law; civil procedure and litigation; banking, finance and insurance; competition; employment, including diversity and discrimination issues; insolvency and corporate finance; intellectual property; commercial property and planning; business ethics; pensions; construction; and ­tax law.


Terms of the Scholarship

A: The Scholarship will be comprised of three elements.

  • Tuition fees payable for the MJur, at home/EU rates. If the successful candidate is liable to pay tuition fees at the level applicable to international students, the candidate will be responsible for paying the difference between the home/EU rate and the international level.
  • A subsidy to cover residence charges in Grey College for a part-catered (fully-catered term-time/self-catered vacation time) standard postgraduate let including meals during undergraduate term-time, all utilities charges and internet connection. This subsidy is only paid if the successful candidate chooses to live in Grey College. No alternative subsidy is paid if the candidate chooses not to live in Grey College, and in either case the successful applicant must still perform the obligations set out in B.2 and B.4 below.
  • A personal stipend of £2,500.

B: The successful candidate will be required:

  • To register for an MJur, and to submit their thesis within one year of supervised study plus one year of continuation. Funding is conditional on the student’s satisfactory completion of the Law School’s processes for the monitoring of postgraduate research students.
  • To become a member of Grey College.
  • To submit to Bond Dickinson such periodic reports on the progress and outcome of their research project as shall reasonably be requested by Bond Dickinson and, if so requested, to attend up to three meetings at the Newcastle offices of Bond Dickinson during the period of the Scholarship to discuss their research.
  • To undertake such tasks as are assigned to them by the Vice-Master of Grey College, in connection with the organisation and delivery of the College’s postgraduate seminar series; this will include giving a talk in College on a topic related to the student’s research, as part of the postgraduate seminar series or similar event;
  • To undertake such tasks as are assigned to them by the directors of whichever Durham Law School Research Institute most closely fits with the subject matter of the student’s research, in order to develop the activities and profile of that Institute.

Provided that the tasks assigned to the student in accordance with 4 and 5 above shall be limited to those which can reasonably be performed 150 hours of work.

Application Process

Successful applicants will have obtained, or be likely to obtain by September 2017, a first class or good upper second class honours degree in English law or the law of another common law jurisdiction. A completed or nearly completed LLM degree would be desirable.

Applicants should: (i) apply, online, to our M.Jur programme in the normal manner indicating in the finance and funding section that they are also applying for this funding; and (ii) send an email to law.pgofficer@durham.ac.uk asking to be considered for this scholarship, to arrive by midnight on 14 June 2017.

Director of Postgraduate Funding

Durham Law School

gavin.phillipson@durham.ac.uk

Further information about Bond Dickinson can be obtained here: http://www.bonddickinson.com/


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.


Contact

For more information please contact the Postgraduate Secretaries.