UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes

Funding and Scholarships for Research Students

We continue updating the website and adding information as confirmations as confirmations of scholarships available in 2015/16 come in.


1. UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarships (FRS) 2015/16
2. UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) 2015/16 tbc

3. Joseph Hume Scholarship 2015/16 tbc
4. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2015/15 tbc .
5. The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships 2015/16
6. Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship 2015/16 tbc
7. IBIL Industry-Supported Scholarship 2015/16 tbc

8. Modern Law Review 2015 tbc

For the academic year 2015-16, UCL Laws is offering research scholarships for graduate research students. In addition, the Faculty of Laws supports eligible applications from well-qualified students to University College London scholarship schemes and to external funding bodies. Details of UCL funding opportunities administered outside the Faculty of Laws can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/scholarships/graduate/

Please note that each scholarship has its own deadline and application procedure. It is your responsibility to ensure you have submitted the appropriate materials for each scholarship application, by the relevant deadline.


For the academic year 2015-16, UCL Laws will be offering four prestigious Research Scholarships for graduate research students.

Eligibility Requirements

UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarships are open to anyone who wishes to pursue study leading to a degree of MPhil/PhD; one may be reserved for Home/EU students.

Current students in the Faculty of Laws may also apply if, at the time of application, they are not in receipt of any other studentship, scholarship or other significant external financial support.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Candidates must meet the minimum entry criteria for admission to the MPhil/PhD, but should note that competition for the scholarships is very high. Candidates should preferably have the highest standard of degree qualification. For example, successful candidates in previous years have held a First Class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) and/or a Distinction in an LLM/Masters degree.

The quality of the applicant’s research proposal and any publications will be taken into consideration. The application should also be strongly supported by referees. Referees are expected to provide support and evidence of relevant academic achievements together with a comment on research potential.

Scholarships are awarded to the strongest applications in any field of law in which the Faculty can provide supervision. Before you apply, you should consult the areas of research specialism at UCL Laws and profiles of academic staff.

Value: Benefits and Duration

Faculty of Laws Research Scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend (TBC, stipend for 2014-15 was £15,863) per annum for full time study. Benefits are pro-rated for part-time students.

Awards are made initially for one year but will be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory completion of studies during the first year. They will be renewed for a third year, provided the student has been upgraded to full PhD status. Scholarships may be held with a Teaching Assistantship or other salaried position in the Faculty.

Application Deadline and Procedure

All students applying for entry in September 2015 will automatically be considered for the FRS scholarship and will not need to submit a further application.

Students already enrolled to the programme who wish to apply, will need to submit a completed appliction by Friday 12 December 2014, 12pm GMT.

Please download the FRS Application Pack below. Applications can be sent by e-mail to phd-law@ucl.ac.uk or hard copy letter to: Graduate Office, Faculty of Laws, University College London, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG, UK. We aim to notify successful applicants by the end of March 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for students applying for a place on the PhD programme:
To be considered for these scholarships we must receive a COMPLETE application for ADMISSION to the MPhil/PhD programme by midnight on Friday 14 November 2014. Details about how to apply to the MPhil/PhD programme can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?application

FRS Application Form for students already enrolled to the programme
Application Form

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If you have any queries regarding the above scholarships, please contact Jane Ha (jane.ha@ucl.ac.uk) in the Graduate Office, Faculty of Laws.

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Last updated 26 September 2014