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, namely the Master of Jurisprudence or Doctor of Philosophy. Prospective applicants should discuss their research proposal with a possible supervisor before submitting a formal application. The deadlines provided below are for submission of the online application and all supporting documents relating to the relevant funding scheme.
Durham Law School PhD Studentships - please note that this studentship is not available for academic year 2023-4
Durham Law School MJur Studentships - please note that this studentship is not available for the academic year 2023-24
Durham Doctoral Studentships - please note that this scheme is not available for academic year 2022/23, and offers will not be made for an October 2023 start
The Faculty’s Durham Doctoral Studentships scheme is targeted towards applications from high calibre home and international candidates. Find out more information here.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Closing date: 10th January 2023
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 is available here.
NINE DTP ESRC Studentships
Closing date: 20th January 2023
The NINE DTP is an exciting 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: 15th January 2023
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 is available here.
Closing date: TBC
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. Further Information about Commonwealth Scholarships is available here.
Funding available to all Law Postgraduates
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 2023 onwards. This fund will be open to applicants from Summer 2023 for students preparing to study on an LLM programme.
The British Chevening Scholarships
These awards enable overseas students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Further information about The British Chevening Scholarships is available here.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Department expressions of interest: TBC
Final closing date: TBC
This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. For more information, including eligibility, please see full guidance on the British Academy website.
The Law School asks for applicants to submit an expression of interest, including a draft application, to email@example.com by 16 September 2021. Applicants who fail to meet this deadline may not receive institutional approval for a full application.
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 is available here.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships
Opening date: 1 January 2023
Closing date: 23rd February 2023, 4pm
The scheme is expected to open in January 2023 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.