Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities

A number of other opportunities for postgraduate funding are available at the Liverpool Law School. For those resident in the UK, competitive AHRC and ESRC studentships are available. Other non-AHRC/ESRC funding opportunities also exist, as does the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme which offers prospective researchers the opportunity to pursue a doctorate while teaching within the Law School.

Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC) and North West Social Science (ESRC) Funding

As one of the four leading UK universities involved in the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership we are keen to hear from talented prospective students willing to compete in the annual ESRC Studentship and AHRC Studentship competitions. Colleagues within our staff group are prepared to work with high quality applicants to develop their PhD research proposals and applications for submission to these annual competitions. If you would like to discuss your research proposals with a view to competing in these competitions, please contact the relevant AHRC and ESRC Pathway Lead for law Dr Robert Knox.


Other Funding Opportunities

Other funding opportunities at Liverpool Law School, beyond those offered through the AHRC/ESRC schemes, also exist. Many of these are restricted to applicants from a country, geographical area, or sex, while others may have a specific objective in mind.

For example, we have had students funded from a variety of sources including self-funded, government sponsorship, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (split-site PhDs) and via competitive Research Council studentships (see above). The University of Liverpool has several competitive Scholarship opportunities to fund postgraduate PhD research, including the Duncan Norman Scholarship (funding open applications), Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni Scholarship (funding returning University of Liverpool Alumni), and the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship (funding students from Merseyside).

To search for the possible funding opportunities best suited to you, the University funding tool gives you access to a comprehensive summary of relevant funding opportunities, scholarships, bursaries and awards being offered by the University and external awarding bodies.

From time to time, members of academic staff will also secure funding for studentships to support a larger project. These opportunities are advertised publicly here and on other platforms as and when funding becomes available.

If you need any further information on pursuing any of these funds, please contact the PGR Funding Lead for law, Dr Gregory Messenger.


Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme

The Liverpool Law School periodically invites applications to undertake fully funded doctoral research on our Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Scheme. This scheme provides an opportunity for prospective students with a good academic profile and strong commitment to research to combine doctoral study with gaining experience of Higher Education teaching.

Funded by the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, the GTA Scheme within the Liverpool Law School covers student fees for doctoral study (at the Home/EU rate) and a stipend in line with the UK Research Council allowances for living costs. In return GTAs will be expected to undertake a set amount of teaching on a variety of our undergraduate modules, in addition to completing preparatory training from our Centre for Life Long Learning. Mentoring will also be provided from a member of our staff group.