School of Law

PG Scholarships


PhD funding


Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS)

Two fully funded PhD scholarship opportunities. Further information is available from here. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm, Monday 26 June 2017.


PhD Studentship (Fixed Term, Full-time): two fully funded 3 year PhD Studentships are now available for an October 2017 start

This is being offered jointly by the School of Law and Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The proposed topic for research must relate to ‘Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies’. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 at the latest. Further information is available from here.

International students

Several funding opportunities are available for international students commencing the PhD programme in September 2017. For details please visit

QUB-China Scholarship Council Joint Awards 2017
A maximum of ten studentship places for the joint QUB-China Scholarship Council awards for PhD research will be funded for 2017-18.  Under the agreement with CSC, Queen’s funds tuition fee costs, and CSC provides a maintenance/subsistence grant.
For details please visit Queen’s University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2017
In addition to a PhD study application to Law via the Admissions portal, candidates are required to complete a QUB-CSC scholarship application form available from the above Scholarships link by the specified deadline of 31 January 2017.
UK/EU students

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for PhD Studentship Awards commencing in 2017 which students in the School of Law are eligible to apply for.  Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Graham Ellison ( or the Postgraduate Administrator, Denise Toner ( for further information.

Please note that these awards are highly competitive and only the most highly ranked proposals will stand any chance of being funded. 

Studentships are available through the following schemes:

AHRC Northern Bridge Studentships

If you are interested in applying for a studentship in the Arts and Humanities, please complete the application process in line with the AHRC's Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership's studentship competition.

Please note that because this scheme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) proposals must be in an area of doctrinal law, legal theory, legal history or some variant of law that is NOT primarily socio-legal in orientation.  Proposals in the areas of criminal justice and criminology are not likely to be funded under this scheme.  If you wish to check your eligibility please contact Dr Graham Ellison.  Students submitting a proposal under this scheme are expected to identify a member of staff in the School that they can collaborate with in writing the proposal.

The closing date for Northern Bridge applications is Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.


49 studentships are available and they will be allocated to outstanding students undertaking PhD study across the broad range of disciplines within the Faculty.

These awards are available for the study of any topic in the broad domain of law, criminology, criminal justice or regulation and governance.  Again if you wish to apply it would be helpful to contact a member of staff in your subject area in advance.

The closing date for DfE applications is Friday 17 February 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.



This ESRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) focuses on the provision of exceptional postgraduate social sciences training.

The closing date for NINE applications is Monday 16 January 2017 at 5pm.

These awards are available for proposals that have a strong socio-legal orientation as well as those proposals that fall into the subject areas of criminology and criminal justice.  There are three types of awards under this scheme:

  • +3 years for students who have completed a masters
  • 1+3 years for students who have not yet completed a masters
  • +3.5 years for students who have completed a Masters but lack the required core research methods training.

A substantial part of the NINE studentship programme involves each student undertaking a substantial core of research training which be one year for the 1+3 scheme and six months for the 3.5 scheme. 

More information is given here.

Leverhulme (LINCS) PhD Scholarship Opportunities

The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) at Queen’s University Belfast has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science.

LINCS brings together the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to develop a distinctive cohort of doctoral students working across the boundaries of their disciplines who will open up new avenues of enquiry centred initially on the priority themes and specific PhD projects.

This scheme is aimed at those students who wish to study the interface of law and any aspect of technology and the digital economy.   Further information can be obtained from Professor John Morison (

More information is given here.

Cybersecurity: Technology and Ethics Studentship

(full uk fees and stipend)

Exploring the legal implications of evolving AI from driverless cars to the smart home this studentship may suit a researcher with a background in either law or technology.

Primary Academic Discipline: This would suit EITHER

  1. a law (or possibly social science) graduate who wishes to apply existing legal background to new technical area


  1. A computer science graduate with background in machine learning who wishes to explore the legal and other implications of the technology

Further details available here.

Before applying, you may wish to consult with Professor John Morison (  For full information on the Scholarships criteria and how to apply, please consult the LINCS Information and Guidance Notes 2017.

Application deadline: 5.00pm Monday 16th January 2017


Note that these commence in early 2017

Three fully-funded research studentships are available which reflect the Centre’s commitment to tackling key social problems in West Belfast. The studentships will begin in January or February 2017 and will run on a full-time basis for three years.

This scheme is aimed at those proposals that have a socio-legal orientation or that fall within the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice. 

The closing date for CESI applications is Friday 16 December 2016 at 4pm.

More information is given here.

Please note: funding opportunites for JD (Juris Doctor) applicants can be found here.

Taught Masters funding

The Kyle Scholarship

James MacQuitty Law Scholarship

County Antrim Grand Jury Bursaries

Stephen Livingstone Scholarship

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan * new for 2017 entry *

External Funding Opportunities


Please follow each link for details on application and deadlines