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Postgraduate research funding

The School of Law receives money from a range of sources to help our postgraduate researchers fund their studies.

The following awards are all closed for research degrees beginning in 2016, but can be used as a reference for the types of funding that will be available next year.

This page will be updated with the 2017 entry awards towards the end of the year.

Faculty of Humanities School of Law PGR Studentships

Overview

  • The award will cover tuition fees plus annual maintenance grant of £14,296 (2016/2017)
  • Available to UK, EU and international students who have made application for one of our PhD programmes by 29th April 2016 (current students are not eligible for this funding)
  • You must hold a First Class Honours/ High 2.1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree and a distinction/high merit or equivalent in your postgraduate degree
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 29 April 2016      

Further information 

Successful candidates who have a suitable postgraduate qualification will register onto the PhD Law/Criminology programme and the Scholarship will continue for three years, on condition that they continue to reach the milestones required for progression to the following year.

Successful candidates who do not possess a suitable postgraduate qualification but wish to undertake postgraduate research in law/criminology/bioethics will register in the first instance for the MPhil and are expected to upgrade to PhD for two further years. 

Deadlines

An application for the research degree programme with all supporting documentation must be received in the School by 5pm on Friday 29 April 2016 at the very latest if you do not already hold an offer for a study place with us. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 29 April will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply 

Minimum entry requirements

  1. For PhD programmes the minimum entry requirements are an Upper Second Class Honours degree with minimum grade averages of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level with overall average marks of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, plus prior research training at postgraduate level. 
  2. Students whose first language is not English are required to hold a minimum overall score of 7 in the IELTS test with 7 in writing and no subsection below 6.5. 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships

Overview

  • Tuition fees paid plus approximately £14,057 per annum as paid in 2015/16
  • Available to UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements, have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent and who have applied for a place on one of our PhD programmes
  • Deadline for applications: Monday, 1 February 2016

Further information

As part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) established in 2011, The University of Manchester (along with the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster) is pleased to be able to forward for the consideration of the NWDTC applications for ESRC 1+3 (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD study) or +3 (3 years PhD study only) Studentships to commence in 2016-2017.

The awards cover the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (approximately £14,057 for 2016-2017), which is not subject to income tax or National Insurance deductions. Students wishing to undertake research involving advanced quantitative methods may be eligible for a higher stipend (an additional £3,000).

These studentships are for UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements and who have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent, as a minimum academic requirement. If your research involves advanced quantitative methods then there are no residency requirements to receive a full award and an additional award of £3,000. Please consult the ESRC's AQM guidelines to determine whether or not you think you would be eligible for this enhanced stipend. The guidelines indicate how to apply for the AQM stipend (by simply ticking a box on the ESRC Studentship application form).

Research council funding

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an ESRC Studentship or an AHRC Studentship. Candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wanting to conduct doctrinal or desk-based research should apply for an AHRC Studentship.

The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification:

AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRC supports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system.

The ESRC-funded NWDTC provides funding to enable students to study at the University of Manchester at both Master’s and doctoral level. These postgraduate awards programmes are administered the following different ways: 

  • 1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s+ Three Years Doctoral Study)
    This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme. 
  • 2+2 Scheme (Two Years Master’s+ Two Years Doctoral Study)
    This scheme is only available for students in Economics. It will provide support for students undertaking a two year MRes programme followed by a doctoral programme. 
  • +3 Scheme (Three Years Doctoral Study)
    This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. 
  • +2 Scheme (Two Years Doctoral Study)
    This scheme is as the +3 scheme, but for students who are already in the first year of their doctoral study at one of the three eligible universities. Such students may apply for support for two years of full-time study, or four years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Students who have completed more than one year full-time study (or two years part-time) are not eligible to apply for funding.

All applications for an ESRC studentship to commence in academic year 2016-2017 must be received in the School by Monday 1 February 2016. It is a condition of our funding awards that candidates have been offered a place to study on the PhD programme (or 1+3 programme). In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application before Friday 8 January 2016.

Please refer to the guidelines produced by the ESRC as you complete the application form. Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the ESRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). The ESRC guidelines include a section to indicate what your research proposal of 1,500 words should include.

Studentships will be awarded under the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) pathway of "Security, Conflict and Justice". Further details of this can be found on the NWDTC website.

How to apply

The application form and accompanying guidelines are available to download from the link below. The completed form should be submitted by Monday, 1 February 2016.

Deadlines

You must complete the ESRC application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to Ms Helen Davenport at the following address: law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm on Monday, 1 February 2016.

Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

Candidates whose applications have been forwarded to the final stage of consideration will be informed of the outcome of their application by 25 March 2016.

Please note that you are advised to submit your complete online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday, 8 January 2016. This is to try and ensure you are in receipt of an offer of a place by when the NWDTC committee make their selection. If you do not have an offer in place by the time the NWDTC committee meet, you will not be included in the competition.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

Overview

  • Tuition fees paid plus approximately £14,057 per annum as paid in 2015/16
  • Available to UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements, have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent and who have applied for a place on one of our PhD programmes
  • Deadline for applications: Friday, 12 February 2016

Further information

The School of Law is able to nominate applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentships from prospective PhD students.

These studentships are for UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements and who have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent, as a minimum academic requirement.

For UK students (or students who fulfil UK residency criteria), the studentship covers the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (approximately £14,057 for academic year 2016-2017) which is not subject to income tax or National Insurance deductions. EU students who do not fulfil UK residency criteria will be eligible for fees-only awards.

Research council funding

Students wishing to be considered for Research Council funding should apply for either an AHRC Studentship or an ESRC Studentship (see below).

Candidates wanting to conduct research in traditional legal subject areas or in healthcare ethics/bioethics should apply for an AHRC Studentship, whereas those candidates wishing to conduct criminological or socio-legal research should apply for an ESRC Studentship.

The two Research Councils offer the following statement for further clarification:

AHRC supports research into the content, procedures, theory, philosophy and history of the law. This includes studies of legal systems and legislation in all periods of history and in all parts of the world. ESRC supports socio-legal studies, which are concerned with the social, political and economic influences on and impact of the law and the legal system.

The AHRC provides funding to enable students to study at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK at doctoral level and their postgraduate awards programme is administered as follows: 

  • 1+3 Scheme (One Year Master’s + Three Years Doctoral Study) This scheme will provide support for students undertaking an eligible Master’s programme which focuses on advanced study and research training explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level, who will then progress to a doctoral programme. Please refer to Application Guidance, sub-section 9. 
  • +2 Scheme (Two years Doctoral Study – For current first year students only)
    This scheme will provide support for up to two years of full time study, or four years of part-time study for students who are currently registered onto the first year of a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Students in their second or third year will not be eligible for funding. 
  • +3 Scheme (Three years Doctoral Study)
    This scheme will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree.

To apply for an AHRC award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at one of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Friday, 22 January 2016.

Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the AHRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this).

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Manchester is one of seven institutions - the others being the Royal Northern College of Music, the Universities of Keele, Liverpool, Lancaster, Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University - to form the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC NWC DTP).  It is this Consortium that ultimately will be awarding the funding.

How to apply

The application form, accompanying guidelines and list of contacts for each institution are available to download from the links below.

Funding applications must be received by the School of Law by 5pm on Friday, 12 February 2016 in order to be considered. Funding applications along with references and transcripts should be emailed to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk by the deadline.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) DTP Studentships

EPSRC DTP studentships 2016-17 

The Faculty of Humanities is offering 3 full-time PhD studentships under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for candidates commencing PhD studies in September 2016. Each studentship comprises full-time tuition fees at RCUK approved rate, an annual stipend starting at approx. £14,300 (subject to confirmation) and £1,000/year research training support grant (RTSG) for the student. Projects aligned to EPSRC’s shortage areas (Engineering, ICT, Materials, Mathematics - particularly statistics and operational research) can be considered for an enhanced stipend of up to £17,000 per year. 

Eligibility criteria

  1. The awards are open to UK and EU candidates.
  2. Candidates must meet the specific requirements of the intended PhD programme and should have applied for the PhD course at the School of Law by 1 of April 2016.
  3. Depending on the candidate’s residential eligibility, the award can be made as full studentship or tuition fees only studentship. See eligibility guidance on the EPSRC website.
  4. The proposed research project must be within the remit of EPSRC’s research themes as follows:
    • Digital economy
    • Energy
    • Engineering
    • Global uncertainties
    • Healthcare technologies
    • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    • Living with environmental change
    • Manufacturing the future
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Quantum technologies
    • Research infrastructure 

Candidates and supervisors should consult the EPSRC website for further details of the eligible research themes and sub-themes

  1. Awards can be converted to CASE where the projects have non-HEI collaboration, although the collaborating partner is required to provide significant cash contribution.
  2. January starters are eligible but they must meet the applications deadline below.
  3. Students who have started the PhD are not eligible.

Expression of interest in EPSRC funding and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by 1 April 2016.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 1 April will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered. 

To apply, e-mail the following documentation to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk:

  1. Degree certificate and transcripts.
  2. Research proposal maximum of 1,500 words excluding reference. Over-length proposals will be automatically excluded from the Faculty consideration.
  3. A separate statement of fit to EPSRC research themes (maximum 250 words).
  4. Two academic references.

President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards 2016

Overview

  • Approximately  £15,057 per annum plus cost of tuition fees
  • Available to UK, EU and international students who have a first class honours and/or distinction at Masters level, and who have applied for a place on one of our PhD programmes. Current students are not eligible to apply
  • Candidates in receipt of AHRC/ESRC fees only studentship are not eligible unless they are also in receipt of maintenance grant from the School or other source at RCUK minimum stipend rate (for 2015-16, the RCUK minimum stipend rate was £14,057 per year).
  • Candidates in receipt of ESRC 1+3 studentship can be considered for PDS award during their registration on the doctoral programme only.
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 18 March 2016

Further information

The University of Manchester launched a further £2.5 million investment in 2012 for PhD training with the creation of the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards. These prestigious awards are open to all nationalities and research areas.

Approximately £15,057 per annum plus cost of tuition fees is available to UK, EU and international students who have a first class honours and/or distinction at Masters level or outstanding equivalent professional experience, and who have accepted a place on one of our PhD programmes.

PDS award-holders will also have the opportunity to:

  • Be invited to attend a series of exclusive events, meet The University of Manchester President and Vice Chancellor, interact closely with our academic community and network with other PDS award-holding students;
  • Benefit from international research leadership under distinguished scholars;
  • Become a PDS ambassador for the University;
  • Receive a President's Doctoral Scholar medal at graduation;
  • Benefit from the University's extensive transferable skills training for PhD researchers.

Applications for PDS funding and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday 18 March 2016.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 18 March will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

In order to ensure that you are ready to apply for the funding, please submit your PhD application by Friday 19 February 2016 at the very latest. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

How to apply

The application form is available for download via the link below:

E-mail your completed funding application form to:

N8 Policing Research Partnership Collaborative Studentship

Overview

  • One studentship is available for this unique opportunity
  • Tuition fees paid plus annual stipend of approximately £14,057
  • Applicants must have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years, have a first class or upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree at Merit level or higher
  • Experience and/or interest in conducting ethnographic research is advantageous

Further information

The N8 Research Partnership has established the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP), an exciting new five-year programme of research and knowledge exchange that will pioneer an innovative collaboration between police forces and universities in the North of England. This will foster and enable research collaborations that will help address the problems of policing in the 21st century and achieve international excellence in policing research and impact. Further details of the N8 PRP can be found on the N8 research website.

The University of Manchester is pleased to be the awarding body for an exciting new N8 PRP PhD studentship project entitled ‘Developing a Human Rights Based Approach to Football Policing in England and Wales.’ Working in close partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the successful applicant will conduct desk based research and extensive field work into the policing of football in England and Wales, and how this intersects with the Rights of Assembly and Freedom of Expression of non-violent fans, within the broader context of the UK’s Human Rights legal framework.

Project summary

Football crowds pose a regular public order challenge to police forces in England and Wales, with a number of incidents of serious violence and disorder occurring each season. Football policing must have the capacity to respond to, and prevent, such incidents. However, there have been a number of instances where policing has been criticised as disproportionately restricting the rights of non-violent fans.

The Human Rights framework places positive obligations upon police forces to protect rights of Freedom of Expression and Assembly/Association, as well as an obligation not to disproportionately infringe the Rights of Liberty, Privacy and the Right to a Fair Trial. This is recognised in HMIC’s 2009 Report Adapting to Protest and the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice guidelines. Furthermore, the European Court of Human Rights case of Friend v UK expands these rights to groups expressing socio-cultural identity, probably including football fans.

This project has been developed in partnership with Greater Manchester Police who have the responsibility for regularly managing numerous large football events.

The research will entail:

Desk-based analysis focussing on:

  • The UK’s Human Rights framework, including European treaties and conventions, domestic legislation, case law, and legal and academic commentary.
  • Academic and policing literature, including Home Office and College of Policing guidelines, relating to POPS policing and the management of football crowds.
  • Academic literature on football crowd behaviour and disorder.

Fieldwork based in Manchester with possible visits to other UK cities focussed on:

  1. Interviewing GMP officers responsible for football policing about their role and views on the most effective POPS strategies and tactics for football crowd management.
  2. Carrying out ethnographic observations of football policing operations conducted by, or engaged in by, GMP.
  3. Questionnaires, surveys, or interviews with football fans about their experience of policing.
  4. Interviews with other relevant stakeholders (e.g. clubs, security personnel, fan organisations, civil liberties organisations).
  5. Court observations where relevant and appropriate.
  6. Completion of the University of Manchester’s doctoral training programme.
  7. Participation in the Law School’s bi-annual internal review procedure.
  8. Meetings with internal supervisors at least once a month.
  9. Completion of a PhD thesis that satisfies University of Manchester regulations for full-time PhDs.

The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to:

1. Develop an excellent understanding of the human rights and civil liberties framework in the United Kingdom.

2. Develop an excellent understanding of the development of policing of football crowds in the UK and the current public order functioning of the police.

3. Use ethnographic methods including observations and interviews to gain an understanding of how GMP police football events in order to identify:

  • Areas where GMP may be falling short of their legal obligations.
  • Good practice in terms of human rights-compliant football policing strategies, tactics and operational decisions.
  • Ways in which GMP can develop their strategies and tactics in order to police football more effectively, efficiently, and compliant with their obligations under human rights law.

These can be supported by quantitative methods as appropriate.

How to apply

Before applying for this studentship, potential candidates must first secure a place on a PhD programme in the School of Law. See our application pages for further details of our application process.

To apply for the studentship applicants must then submit:

  • A personal statement outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience make you an exceptional candidate for this opportunity (maximum 600 words).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Two academic references.
  • Copies of undergraduate and postgraduate degree transcripts, and any other relevant academic qualifications.

Send completed applications to law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk.

Deadline to apply

Friday, 1 April 2016 by 5pm.

Research Impact PhD Scholarship 2016/17

Overview

Two PhD scholarships are available in the Faculty of Humanities for candidates who are currently pursuing a masters degree at or a recent graduate of The University of Manchester for doctoral studies commencing in 2016/17. The funds are made available through the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) from donation to the University of Manchester (please see your.manchester.ac.uk for more information).

The scholarship value is £18,000 per year for three years to cover tuition fees and maintenance allowance.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be currently pursuing a masters degree at or have graduated from The University of Manchester within the last 4 years
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and residency status
  • Students who have already started their doctoral degree are not eligible
  • Their proposed research project must be related to one of the following of the University’s philanthropic research themes:
    • Energy and sustainability   
    • Enterprise and innovation
    • Prevention and screening for a healthy future
    • Global poverty and humanitarian assistance

Further information on these can be found on www.manchester.ac.uk/collaborate/support/priorities.

Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday 1 April 2016.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 1 April will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply

As part of your funding application, please include the following documents:

  1. Research Impact application form (MS Word, 131KB)
  2. Degree certificate and transcripts
  3. Research proposal
  4. References

E-mail your completed funding application form with supporting documentation to:

In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application by Friday 4 March 2016. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

School of Law scholarships

Overview

  • Tuition fees at Home/EU student rate, plus a maintenance stipend of that of the RCUK studentship £14,057 as paid in 2015/16
  • Available to UK, EU and international students who have accepted a place on one of our PhD programmes
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 18 March 2016

Further information

The School of Law offers a number of Graduate Scholarships for research degrees beginning in 2016/17. These awards cover tuition fees at EU/Home student rate and provide a maintenance stipend equivalent to that of the RCUK studentships £14,057 for 2016/17. They are open to all new students both overseas and home/EU students in all research areas within the School.

Competition is intense, but we welcome applications from well-qualified graduates.

  • You must hold an offer for one of our PhD/MPhil programmes
  • You should have accepted your offer by 18 March 2016
  • You must hold a First Class Honours/ High 2.1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree/ and a distinction/ high merit or equivalent in your postgraduate degree
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored

Successful candidates who have a suitable postgraduate qualification will register onto the PhD Law/Criminology programme and the Scholarship will continue for three years, on condition that they continue to reach the milestones required for progression to the following year.

Successful candidates who do not possess a suitable postgraduate qualification but wish to undertake postgraduate research in law/criminology/bioethics will register in the first instance for the MPhil and are expected to upgrade to PhD for two further years.

Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received in the School by Friday 18 March 2016.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm on Friday 18 March will not be included in the competition. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

How to apply

The application form is available for download via the link below:

E-mail your completed funding application form to:

In order to ensure that you hold an offer for a place on the programme by the funding deadline, you must submit your PhD application by Friday 19 February 2016. If you are not in receipt of an offer you will not be included in the competition.

School of Law bursary scheme

In this scheme, graduates of The University of Manchester's School of Law who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible to receive a 20% Loyalty discount towards their annual tuition fees for postgraduate research study.

Separate applications do not need to be made for these Alumni Bursaries – the information concerning previous study will be picked up from the application form for study received by the School, and the discount applied accordingly to tuition fees upon registration. Please note that this discount is only available to the graduates of the School of Law.

How to apply for funding

In order to apply for funding you must first have applied for a place on one of our PhD degree programmes. We recommend that an application for PhD study is made at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

After applying for a place, please email your completed funding application form to: law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk.

Further funding opportunities