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Hodgson Trust PhD Scholarship 2023/24

Liverpool Law School invites applications for a PhD Scholarship commencing September/October 2023, which will be fully funded by the Hodgson Trust.

The successful candidates will join the Law School’s vibrant PGR community, with exciting plans to complete a doctoral research project.

We welcome research proposals falling within the expertise of any staff member: for details of our expertise, see Research Expertise. We are keen to receive applications from candidates whose PhD proposal relates to the activities and the projects of our research clusters, details of which can be found on our cluster webpages.

The successful candidate will be based in our state-of-the-art building in the centre of campus and benefit from the Law School’s teaching, research and careers training, along with further training and professional development provided by the University’s Doctoral Training College

Person specification

Candidates should have completed (or be near to completing) a postgraduate degree in Law at Masters or an equivalent level. Exceptionally – applications will be considered from applicants who have an excellent first degree in Law.

Details of the post

The Scholarship will be funded over a three-year period (depending on successful progression) of full-time PhD registration. Over this period, the Hodgson Trust will pay all University fees at (UK-fees £4,682, international-fees £21,828 in 2023), plus a full maintenance grant per annum fixed at the UKRI level (£18,022 in 2023). The three years of FT PhD registration will be followed by an unfunded writing-up period of up to one year, should it be required. International students are welcome to apply for this Scholarship, ensuring that they comply with UK Immigration regulations regarding visa requirements. Full-time PhD registration will commence from October 2023.

Application process

Applications should be sent by email to Mrs Sharon Mealey ( and must include a CV, covering letter, the names and contact details of three referees and a PhD research proposal.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a prospective supervisor to discuss their proposal before applying. Staff academic profiles are available via the School’s website.

For queries or further information, please contact the Dr John Tribe (email:

The deadline for applications is 11.30pm (UK time) on Sunday 14th May 2023.

We will look to invite shortlisted candidates for a virtual interview, via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, to take place the week commencing 29th May 2023.

About the Hodgson Trust

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.


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