UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws launches new Research Opportunity PhD Scholarship for underrepresented BAME groups

21 September 2021

The Faculty of Laws is committed to improving the representation, progression and success of underrepresented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students in the university sector.

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Certain ethnic minority groups are significantly underrepresented among academic staff at Law Schools at UCL and other Russell Group universities. As a PhD is a crucial gateway into academic careers at these institutions, the Faculty is taking positive action (relying on s 158 of the Equality Act 2010) to launch this new scholarship to promote greater diversity and race equality in higher education. 

This new scholarship is part of a package of measures that the Faculty is undertaking to address structural barriers that have negatively impacted the recruitment and progression of underrepresented BAME groups in academic careers. 

The scholarship will cover the full cost of PhD tuition fees plus provide a maintenance stipend for a maximum of three years full-time study. 


Candidates must be from BAME groups currently underrepresented as academic members of staff at Russell Group Law schools. 

Candidates must be in financial need, be domiciled in the UK and qualify for ‘UK fee status’. 

Full details about the scholarship are available here

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme. Details about the application process is available here.

Professor Prince Saprai (Vice-Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) has commented that: "We are delighted to launch the BAME Research Opportunity Scholarship. As a Faculty, we are absolutely committed to taking bold action to tackle structural barriers relating to race and socio-economic inequality which have for too long held back students from realising their potential. This new scholarship will play a vital role in ensuring that the Faculty attracts the very best students to our PhD programme and that the doors to academic careers in Law are fully open to all regardless of background”. 


•    Equality Act 2010, s 158
•    UCL Laws, MPhil/ PhD 
•    Faculty Statement in Solidarity with our Black Students, Staff and Alumni Around the World
•    Dean’s Race Equality Pledges 2020-2021 
•    Laws Race Equality Network
•    UCL Statement on Race
•    Race Equality at UCL  
•    B-MEntor Academic Mentoring Scheme
•    UCL Inclusive Advocacy Scheme
•    UCL Emerging Leaders Programme 
•    Widening Participation Summer School
•    Access UCL Contextual Offers Scheme
•    Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme
•    Support for Racial and Xenophobic Harassment
•    Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation
•    Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave Ownership
•    UCL African Caribbean Society
•    UCL BAME Attainment Project 
•    LLM Decolonizing Law module
•    Race Matters Network