PhD Scholarships

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/EU/International applicants

Midlands4Cities is awarding up to 89 doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2021 entry.

Full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas, and for dates of our November application writing workshops.
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Deadline for applications is 13 January 2021 (12:00pm), by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

Previous Scholarships

These scholarships are now closed.

Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentships for BAME Applicants (closed 31 July 2020)

A number of Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant studentships are available for new BAME applicants within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, which includes Leicester Law School. These positions will be funded and salaried for four years (conditions apply). For informal enquiries, contact Dr Ed Bates, the Law School's Postgraduate Research Tutor.

Closing date: 31 July 2020
Start date: 28 September 2020
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AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK/EU applicants (closed 14 January 2020)

Leicester law School is inviting applications from students/scholars whose interests connect with our fields of expertise in our research and research degrees.

The funding will include fee payments, a maintenance grant and other funding opportunities. Please see Midland4Cities for details.

It is essential applicants contact a potential supervisor in the Law School in advance to discuss topics, refine ideas and potential methods/approaches. You can find staff research interests and research supervision on our academic staff pages. Please contact Ed Bates (Postgraduate Research Tutor) with any questions.

Deadline for applications is 14 January 2020 (12:00 pm). Applicants must have

  • applied for a place to study at Leicester
  • ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form
  • agreed a research proposal with a proposed supervisors

Full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas, CDA projects, and dates of our November application writing workshops (Leicester is due on 9 November), see or contact

Fee waiver scholarship for Home/EU applicants (closed March 2019)

The scholarship will pay full-time University UK tuition fees for three years. The scholarship is open to new postgraduate researchers only starting in July 2019.

Entry requirements: Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. The applicant should normally have completed a Masters course in a similar subject area to your proposed research, with an average mark above 60% in the course and at least 65% in the dissertation.

Informal enquiries should be made to the School’s postgraduate administrator, Teresa Rowe,, telephone: 0116 252 2370

How to apply: Applications must include a complete set of documentation as listed below at the time of application.

  • a research proposal, normally of 1000-1500 words.
  • writing sample in which an argument is made for a conclusion, rather than merely describing the facts or the law.
  • a personal statement which explains why you are interested in the studentship, and why you would be a good person to appoint.
  • all supporting documents, including proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements. (Supporting documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.)
  • two references from referees who are familiar with your academic work and who are able to comment on your ability to conduct research and to complete a PhD programme. We would prefer that you provide us with the names and contact details of these referees as part of your PhD application, so that we may obtain confidential references. In that case, please ensure that your referees submit the reference by the closing date set out above.