UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes

Funding and Scholarships for Research Students

We will continue to update this page with new funding opportunities as they arise so we advise that you check back occasionally to see what's new.

Scholarships

1. UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarships (FRS) 2014-15 All successful and waitlisted applicants have now been contacted.
2. UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) 2014-15
All successful applicants have been contacted by the Graduate School.
3. Joseph Hume Scholarship 2014-15 All successful applicants have been contacted.
4. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2014-15 All successful applicants have been contacted by the DTC.
5. The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships 2014-15 All successful candidates have been contacted by the LAHP Committee.
6. Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship 2014-15 Deadline passed
7. IBIL Industry-Supported Scholarship 2014-15 There were no successful applicants for this year's scholarship

8. Modern Law Review 2014-15 All successful applicants have been contacted.

For the academic year 2014-15, 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.

1. FACULTY OF LAWS RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS (FRS)

For the academic year 2014-15, 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 2013-14 was £15,726) 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

The deadline to apply for this funding is Monday 3rd February 2014, 16:00 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. They will be acknowledged by e-mail within a week of receipt. We aim to notify successful applicants by the end of March 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
To be considered for these scholarships we must receive a COMPLETE application for ADMISSION to the MPhil/PhD programme by midnight on Friday 31st January 2014. If we only receive the scholarship application and no programme application, your scholarship application will not be considered. 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 Pack (3 documents)
Application Form
Application Guidance Notes
Reference Guidance Notes

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2. UCL GRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS (GRS) ***All successful applicants have been contacted by the Graduate School***

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 17 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country.

Complete applications along with required documentation as detailed in the form must be submitted to the applicant's academic department. In order to be shortlisted, you must make sure that your scholarship application is complete.

The deadline to apply for this funding is Friday 17 January 2014, 16:00 GMT.

Details on the application procedure can be found on the Scholarships and Funding website here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the GRS we strongly advise you to submit a COMPLETE application for ADMISSION to the MPhil/PhD programme by 1st January 2014. If we only receive the scholarship application and no programme application, your scholarship application will not be considered. 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

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3. JOSEPH HUME SCHOLARSHIP

One scholarship worth £1,600 is available for prospective LLM students or prospective and current MPhil/PhD research students in Laws.

The deadline is Friday 28th February 2014, 16:00 GMT.

The application procedure is as follows for prospective and current MPhil/PhD students:
You need to submit an updated CV, covering letter and reference letter to be submitted by the deadline date. Please send these by email to phd-law@ucl.ac.uk If you are a prospective student, you MUST have submitted an application for the MPhil/PhD first.

The scholarship will be awarded based upon academic merit using the application form for the MPhil/PhD programme and supporting documents as requested above.

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4. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL ***All successful applicants have been contacted by the DTC***

A number of ESRC Studentships is awarded annually by open competition to prospective UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students. Applicants who wish to be considered for one of these studentships must first submit a complete application for admission to the PhD programme. For information on how to apply for the PhD programme including deadline dates, see here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?application

Once you have submitted an application for the PhD programme, you can apply for the ESRC studentship. To apply, you must complete the ESRC Studentship Application Form below and either email it to phd-law@ucl.ac.uk or post it to the following address:

ESRC Studentship Applications
UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
London
WC1H 0EG

Deadline for submitting the ESRC Studentship Application Form is Monday 3rd February 2013 at 16:00 GMT.

General information on Research Council Studentship Awards including eligibility can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/researchcouncils/Applicants
The scholarship consists of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate (2013/14: £4,400) plus a maintenance stipend and an annual research expenses allowance and London allowance.

For more detailed information, please visit the research council website. http://www.esrc.ac.uk/

Download ESRC application form
ESRC Studentship Application Form


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5. LONDON ARTS AND HUMANITIES PARTNERSHIP (LAHP) AND ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) STUDENTSHIPS

The LAHP AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership are funding up to 80 research studentships in 2014-15. Details on the partnership and how to apply for this funding can be found at http://www.lahp.ac.uk/studentships.

The deadline for LAHP AHRC applications is 31st January 2014, 17:00 GMT.

If you wish to be considered for LAHP AHRC funding you are strongly advised to submit an application for admission to the programme by Monday 6th January so that your admissions application can be processed to meet the funding deadline. Please also note that you need to give your referees time to complete their reference letter. Your application for the MPhil/PhD programme will not be processed until both references have been submitted and your application is complete. Your application for the LAHP AHRC funding will be void if you have not submitted an application for admission to the MPhil/PhD or if the application for admission is incomplete.

For information on how to apply for the PhD programme see here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?application

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6. FREDERICK BONNART-BRAUNTHAL SCHOLARSHIP

Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship 2014/15 – deadline 28th April 2014 (Deadline has been extended)

• There is 1 scholarship worth £25,000 pa available, which will be awarded in competition with the London School of Economics.
• The scheme is aimed at research students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them.
• Applications from Law, Geography, Political Science, DPU and Life Sciences are encouraged, particularly where a candidate can demonstrate practical application of their analyses to current problems of intolerance, always bearing in mind the interest of the Founder of the Trust (details at www.fbbtrust.org.uk) not only in the nature of intolerance but in identifying “a means to combat it”.
• Applications need to be submitted to the Scholarships and Funding Office (not the Faculty of Laws) – further information and application form can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/frederick

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IBIL INDUSTRY-SUPPORTED SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are invited for a generous industry-supported scholarship from the UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, commencing September 2014.

Applicants will be prospective MPhil/PhD students admitted or having applied to the Faculty of Laws at UCL. They will have they following qualities:
• relevant private practice, industrial or commercial experience; and
• a good undergraduate degree (with the classification of upper second or above (or equivalent) in Law or a related discipline; and/or
• a relevant Master’s at Distinction level (or equivalent).

Applications will be considered for research projects that consider the law, policy, practice, use and / or function of patents in high-tech industries where technology standards are prevalent (those relating to Information Communications Technology (ICT) are particularly encouraged).

Proposals for multi-disciplinary studies are welcomed, as are those that deal with one or more of the following issues:
• Patent policies in standards-setting development organisations
• FRAND
• Patent pools

Willingness to engage with competition law and / or the economic literature on patents may be of benefit. Successful applicants will be expected to engage with industry, and accordingly preference will be given to projects that seek to explore practical aspects of the area of study over those that are purely theoretical.

UCL and IBIL
The Faculty of Laws at UCL is a recognised centre of excellence for intellectual property teaching and research. It hosts the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL), founded by the late Professor Sir Hugh Laddie in 2007. IBIL has, since April 2011, been directed by the Right Honorable Professor Sir Robin Jacob, who until his retirement from the bench was the senior IP judge in the Court of Appeal. Members of IBIL have both practical and academic experience and are assisted by an advisory panel, consisting of judges, practitioners and members of the intellectual property institutions. IBIL also benefits from the sponsorship of a number of industrial partners, city law firms and IP chambers and is the UK’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on IP issues between academics, legal practitioners, the judiciary, IP owners, NGOs, and governmental bodies.

Value
The award will cover fees for the degree of M.Phil./PhD and an annual stipend of £30,000. The award is tenable for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and upgrade from M.Phil. to PhD by the end of the first year of study. In normal circumstances awards will be made for the academic year starting in September 2014. However, in exceptional circumstances applications may be entertained for a January 2015 start. Prospective students awarded a scholarship and starting their studies in January 2015 will receive pro-rated fees for the period of enrolment within the academic year 2014/15.

Deadline
The closing date for receipt of applications for this scholarship is Friday 31 January 2014. Please note that you must have submitted an application for the PhD BEFORE you submit an application for the scholarship. The deadline for application for the PhD programme is also 31 January 2014 and information on how to apply for the PhD programme can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?application.

Applications should indicate a wish to be considered for the IBIL Industry-Supported Scholarship by listing it on the admissions application form along with any other funding which is being/has been applied for. You must also email phd-law@ucl.ac.uk to inform us that you wish to be considered for the funding by the deadline date.

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8. MODERN LAW REVIEW SCHOLARSHIPS

The Modern Law Review is making up to £90,000 a year available in financial support for research students engaged in doctoral research on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the Review. We have been invited to nominate two students who are currently registered as research students. Those who have not yet commenced their PhD at the time of nomination are not eligible for consideration.
While the amount of any award made will be at the discretion of the Review; it is envisaged that awards will generally be £5,000. Awards will normally be made renewable for up to one year.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for nomination, students must have completed the first year of their PhD research and passed any necessary upgrades to PhD status at the time of the award (though not necessarily the time of application). Those who have not yet commenced their PhD at the time of nomination are not eligible for consideration.

Application Procedure
You must submit ALL of the following:
1. Full curriculum vitae and proposed registration period.
2. A detailed statement of the subject, or proposed subject of research written by yourself, of between 1,000-1,500 words. The research statement must make clear what original and substantial contribution to the field you are aiming to produce and how it fits with the aims of the Review.
3. An academic reference from your supervisor.
4. Details of financial need and any other forms of financial support which you have secured or, where a decision on an application for support is outstanding, have applied for.

Deadline
All four documents must be submitted to the Graduate Office by 12NOON Monday 28th April 2014.

Alternatively they can be sent by email. If you are emailing the documents, please make sure attachments 1, 2 & 4 are sent in the SAME email and NOT in separate emails. Your referee is welcome to send the reference directly to the Graduate Office but it must also be received by the deadline time and date and clearly state your full name and the scholarship name. Any documents submitted after 12noon on Monday 28th April will mean the application is late and therefore it will not be considered for nomination.

The email address is phd-law@ucl.ac.uk

Further information on the Modern Law Review can be found here: http://www.modernlawreview.co.uk/scholarship.asp


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 09 April 2014