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Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities

If you are planning to undertake a postgraduate research degree you may need to seek financial support from a variety of sources, such as loans or scholarships. The University is able to offer a range of PhD scholarships and awards to home and international students.

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 Danielle Griffiths.

Hodgson Trust PhD Scholarship

The Hodgson Scholarships owe their origin to the Will of Elizabeth Hodgson, widow of the Liverpool Solicitor Joseph Hodgson, who expressed a wish to advance the education and training of lawyers who might work for the benefit of Merseyside. The Trustees wish Hodgson Law Scholars to benefit from education in Liverpool with a view to encouraging the intellectual growth of promising law students and the nurturing of close links with the City of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region.

The Liverpool Law School's Hodgson Trust PhD Scholarship has closed for 2023 entry.

Graduate Teaching Fellow Scheme

The Liverpool Law School's Graduate Teaching Fellowship Scheme has closed for 2023 entry.

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 or geographical area, 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) and the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship (funding students from Merseyside).

To search for the possible funding opportunities best suited to you, visit the Universities PhD fees and funding page for a comprehensive summary of relevant funding opportunities, scholarships, bursaries and awards being offered by the University and external awarding bodies.

If you need any further information on pursuing any of these funds, please contact the PGR Funding Lead for Law, Dr Andrea Gideon.

We have a diverse and thriving PhD community at the School of Law and Social Justice. We are delighted that we can financially support some of our PhD candidates through specialised sponsored scholarships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships. We also offer advice to the candidates applying for the nation-wide PhD scholarships. We believe that ground-breaking legal research deserves support and nourishing.

Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Associate Dean for Research and Impact, School of Law and Social Justice

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