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Postgraduate 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.

Find out more:

Funding available to Postgraduate Research Students

Funding available to all Law Postgraduates

Funding available to Taught Postgraduate Students only

Post-doctoral funding

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.

  • Further information about applying for a PhD place is available here
  • Information on prospective supervisors can be found here.  

Durham Law School PhD Studentships

Closing date: 31 March 2021, 17:00 (UK time)

Durham Law School will be providing a number of 3-year PhD scholarships for those accepted onto its full-time PhD programme. 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 scholarships will consist of a fee waiver at the Home rate, along with an obligation to provide up to 80 hours of teaching, for which a £15,000 taxable rate will be paid. Note that this is not 80 hours contact time, but is inclusive of preparation time, contact time, office hours and marking. 

For students who are required to pay tuition fees at International level, the scholarship will be a full fee waiver only without an additional payment of £15,000. However, you will be paid for any additional teaching you undertake above the required 80 hours. Extra teaching will be determined on the need of the law school and is not guaranteed.

Candidates for these scholarships must be willing and able to offer teaching 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.

They must also attend the University’s training courses for postgraduate students teaching in the University in early October 2021, and may be required to attend further relevant training.

Successful applicants will have obtained a first class or a very good upper second class honours degree. It would ordinarily be expected that applicants would also have a recognised taught Master’s degree (average grade of at least 65%, or equivalent) or a Master's degree by research. Exceptional applicants without a master's degree are expected to provide alternative evidence of ability to successfully undertake high quality written research. Please note that the selection panel may determine a higher threshold than the usual entry requirements at shortlisting stage. 

We embrace excellence in all its forms and invite all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the university. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their fit with our supervisory strengths and research environment as well as their academic strengths and the quality of their Research Proposal.

How to apply

Applicants should:

(i) apply, online, to our PhD programme in the normal manner (see guidance on the required documents and how to apply here); and

(ii) send a separate email to the Senior Research Administrator, 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 2021, simply send the email; you are also permitted to attach a revised research proposal.

Any enquiries should at first instance be sent to the Senior Research Administrator.

Durham Law School MJur Studentships

Closing date: 31 March 2021, 17:00 (UK time)

Durham Law School will be providing a number of MJur scholarships for those accepted onto its full-time MJur programme. Funding is subject to satisfactory completion of the Law School's processes for the monitoring of postgraduate research students. The scholarships will consist of a fee waiver at the Home rate, along with an obligation to provide up to 20 hours of teaching, for which a £4,500 taxable rate will be paid. Note that this is not 20 hours contact time, but is inclusive of preparation time, contact time, office hours and marking.  Unfortunately students who are required to pay tuition fees at international level are not eligible for this studentship.

Candidates for these scholarships must be willing and able to offer teaching 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.

You will be paid for any additional teaching you undertake above the required 20 hours. Extra teaching will be determined on the need of the law school and is not guaranteed.

Candidates for these scholarships must attend the University’s training courses for postgraduate students teaching in the University in early October 2021, and may be required to attend further relevant training. Participation in the Gateway to Legal Research module is an essential component of the MJur programme.

Successful applicants will be outstanding academically and will have obtained, or be on course to obtain, a very strong honours degree. As a result of this, the selection panel may determine a higher threshold than the usual entry requirements at shortlisting stage. 

We embrace excellence in all its forms and invite all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the university. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their fit with our supervisory strengths and research environment as well as their academic strengths, quality of their Research Proposal, and interest in progressing to a PhD programme.

How to apply

Applicants should:

(i) apply, online, to our MJur programme in the normal manner (see guidance on the required documents and how to apply here); and

(ii) send a separate email to the Senior Research Administrator, indicating a preference as to teaching area(s), as specified above. If you have already applied for a MJur place in Durham Law School, commencing in October 2021, simply send the email; you are also permitted to attach a revised research proposal.

Any enquiries should at first instance be sent to the Senior Research Administrator.

Durham Doctoral Studentships

Closing date: Closed February 2021

The Faculty’s Durham Doctoral Studentships scheme is targeted towards applications from high calibre home and international candidates. Further information about Durham Doctoral Studentships

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Closing date: Closed January 2021

The Law School invites applications for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. Further information about Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership schemes.

NINE DTP ESRC Studentships

Closing date: Closed January 2021

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. 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 and in particular the section on how to apply.

China Scholarships Council

Closing date: Closed January 2021 

These important scholarships are available thanks to a partnership with the China Scholarships Council. The scholarships are open to applicants from China wishing to study for a PhD at Durham. Further Information about scholarships from the China Scholarships Council.

Commonwealth Scholarships

Closing date: Closed January 2021 

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. Further Information about Commonwealth Scholarships

Funding available to all Law Postgraduates

The British Chevening Scholarships

These awards enable overseas students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Further information about The British Chevening Scholarships

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

The Ralph Whitell Waggett Bursary Fund

The Ralph Whitell Waggett Bursary Fund has been gratefully bequeathed and awards funding biennially from 2022 onwards. This fund will be open to applicants from Summer 2022 for students preparing to study on an LLM programme.

Post-doctoral funding

ESRC NINE DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Closed: February 2021

The fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.Further information about the ESRC NINE DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Closed: February 2021

The scheme is expected to open in January 2021 for early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post. The expectation is that fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. They are available for up to 3 years full time. For more information please see full guidance on the Leverhulme website 

For enquiries on these schemes contact law.researchofficer@durham.ac.uk.