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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.

Funding available to Postgraduate Research Students

Funding available to all Law Postgraduates

Funding available to Taught Postgraduate Students only

Post-doctoral funding

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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.

Please note that your college may also have some scholarship or bursary options, so please also consult your college website.

Leverhulme funded PhD position: Outer Space as a Global Commons

Closing date: 3rd June 2024 5pm

This fully funded 3-year PhD position is part of the project 'The Making and Unmaking of Global Commons by International Organisations' led by Dr Rozemarijn Roland Holst and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. For more information, please follow this link.

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Closing date for applications to be made to Durham: 9th Jan 2024

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 for applications to be made to Durham: 22nd Jan 2024, 4pm

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 for applications to be made to Durham: 15th Jan 2024

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.

Commonwealth Scholarships

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.

MLR Scholarship

The Modern Law Review has financial support available for students engaged in doctoral research on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the Review; these scholarships are awarded by annual competition. 

Nominations are submitted by the Dean of Durham Law School. Please note that to be eligible for nomination, students must have completed the first year of their PhD research at Durham Law School and passed any necessary annual reviews at the time of the award (though not necessarily the time of application). Students who have not yet commenced their PhD at the time of nomination are not eligible for consideration.

Full details can be found here.

If any currently-enrolled students at Durham Law School would like to be considered for this scholarship, please send the nomination documents listed on the MLR webpage above to by 24th April 2024.


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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.

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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. Find out more here.

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.

The Hatfield Lioness Scholarship

Thanks to alumni generosity, Hatfield College offers a fully funded PGT scholarship (fees, stipend, travel etc expenses) for a woman from a developing country, the Hatfield Lioness Scholarship.

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Post-doctoral funding

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

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.

If interested in this scheme, please email

ESRC NINE DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Deadline: 4pm 5th April 2024

This scheme is for students that have recently completed their PhD and wish to consolidate their research through developing publications, their networks, and their professional skills. It provides one year of funding (two year if done part-time).

To be eligible students must have had their viva (and either passed or passed with minor revisions) no later than 16 May 2024, and they also may have had no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience.

Our internal Expression of Interest deadline is 4pm, 5th April 2024. Candidates will be expected to submit (1) their CV and (2) a one page summary of their research questions, methods/plans for the period of funding, and their proposed academic mentor. This must be sent to Vicky at

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Internal Closing date: 8th January 2024

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.

For enquiries on these schemes contact

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