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Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Social Sciences: Law

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: 12 February 2016

The Faculty of Social Sciences Research PhD Studentships may be offered to prospective candidates from the academic year 2016/7. UEA Law School was ranked 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2016 league table for law and 14th overall in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the School was ranked 21st in the UK with a GPA of 2.97 (out of 4). Two-thirds of the research output produced within the School and 80% of its research impact was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*).

The Studentships will be available under the Scheme to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the Law School. We invite applications in any area of Law in which the School has supervisory capacity – in particular, Competition Law; Commercial Law and International Dispute Resolution; Media Law, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law; Human Rights, Freedom of Speech & the Law of Public Protest; and International Law, broadly conceived.

Please see our Law Research Areas for further details, and Academic Profiles for the research (and supervisory) interests of individual members of staff.

The Studentships will cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,057 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees. However, in exceptional cases the School may consider providing a “top up” grant covering the international component of tuition fees if a student’s research topic is closely aligned to the strategic interests of the School.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

To be considered for this award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner (, indicating in section 12 of the application form (‘Financing Your Studies’) that you wish to be considered for an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Please see for information about what ought to be included in a PhD research proposal. For any further queries concerning your proposal, please contact the Law School’s postgraduate research director, Professor David Mead.

External Scholarship Schemes

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Home and EU research students may apply to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for graduate studentships, normally through the institution awarding their first degree. Details of these studentships can be obtained from theArts and Humanities Research Council website.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSUK) offers scholarship for applicants from Commonwealth countries. For further information please see Postgraduate Study in the United Kingdom and theCommonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme.

Chevening Scholarships

The Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) Chevening programme provides funding opportunities for overseas students studying in the United Kingdom. For further information please see the Chevening website.

Fulbright Scholarships

Applicants from the United States are eligible to apply for Fulbright Scholarships. For further information please see the Graduate Study section of the Fulbright Commission website.

Scholarships for International Students

A database of funding opportunities may be accessed from the University of East Anglia's International web pages.

Contact Us

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.