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Funding Opportunities

The School of Law at Birkbeck offers the following funding opportunities. For details of financial support offered across the college please see here.

New Bursaries for 2018/19: BSc Criminology, MA Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, MSc Criminology and MSc Global Criminology

  • The Department of Criminology is pleased to announce that for new students applying to study in 2018/19 we are offering up to 10 bursaries worth £2000 each. The bursaries will be in the form of a reduction in fees for one year only, though students can apply again for subsequent bursaries the following year. Five bursaries are available for undergraduate and five for postgraduate applicants. Please note that bursaries for part-time students will be awarded on a pro-rata basis.
  • Applicants must have a confirmed place on their chosen course and should submit a 600 word supporting statement along with evidence of academic achievement or the potential for academic achievement (for example, reference letters, a sample of writing and, for those applying for post-graduate courses, a transcript of grades).
  • Your supporting statement should cover why you want to study criminology, why you have chosen the programme that you have, how you plan to make use of your studies once you graduate, and what difference the bursary will make to you.
  • We encourage applicants from non-traditional routes in to study, and those who help fulfil the College’s widening participation and encouraging social mobility mission.
  • The closing date is 1 August 2018.
  • Applications should be addressed to Head of Department and submitted by email to:
  • Please use “Bursary Application” as the subject of your email.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of academics in the Department of Criminology, and candidates may be invited for an interview or asked for additional information as required.
  • Successful applicants will be notified in August.

School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards For Master's Students

  • Eligible Courses
  • LLM/MA Human Rights
  • LLM/MA Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development
  • LLM General
  • MSc Criminology
  • MSc Global Criminology
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to candidates with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School’s Master's programmes.
  • Awards may be made for full-time or part-time study and to Home, EU students or International students. Where an award is made to an international student the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
  • Candidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent and not normally have previously completed a Postgraduate Taught Programme.
  • The competition is open to new students only.
  • What Do These Studentships Offer?
  • The awards will cover the cost of fees only at the home/EU rate. Where an award is made to an international student, the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
  • There is no maintenance award.
  • How To Apply
  • Before you can apply for this funding, you must submit an application to the College for one of our eligible master's programmes. Candidates will be considered for admission first, and for the award only after they have been offered a place (at least conditionally) onto the programme.
  • Once you have been offered a place, you can apply using the relevant application form here.
  • Deadline For Applications
  • Deadline for applications is midnight 30th June 2019
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Awards are made for a maximum of one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students. The College may discontinue the award if the student’s progress is not confirmed or their attendance is not satisfactory.

The Patrick McAuslan Scholarship

  • This scholarship applies to the intensive LLM in International Economic Law (Justice and Development pathway) only.
  • Patrick McAuslan Scholarship flyer
  • Eligible Course
  • LLM International Economic Law (Intensive - Justice and Development pathway).
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • You have successfully applied for the LLM International Economic Law (intensive – Justice and Development pathway; there is a separate application process for the LLM at the link above). You need to have received at least a conditional offer for this LLM programme, and
  • You are from one of the following East African countries: Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • The competition is open to new students only.
  • What Does The Scholarship Offer?
  • The scholarship covers tuition fees of £14,775 for one full-time international student of the LLM in International Economic Law (Intensive - Justice and Development pathway). Additionally it includes a monthly contribution towards living costs in London for the duration of the course from March to July (Approx. £ 5000). The total value of the award is worth £20,000.
  • Application Form
  • To be considered for the scholarship you must complete the application form here.
  • Candidates must also apply separately to the LLM International Economic Law (Intensive - Justice and Development pathway).
  • Deadline For Applications
  • Deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 30th November 2018.

Ronnie Warrington Graduate Teaching Assistantships For MPhil/PhD Students

  • The assistantships are named to commemorate the contribution of Dr Ronnie Warrington to legal scholarship and education, and to the establishment of School of Law.
  • Eligible Research Areas
  • We are encouraging proposals that aim to build on the School's significant reputation for scholarly work in the following areas: the relationship between law and the arts, in particular literature, violence and aesthetics, and creativity; the intersection between law, migration and changing/evolving conceptions of the family; and criminology.
  • The Graduate Teaching Assistantships are aimed at supporting innovative research in critical legal studies. Candidates need to identify the contribution their research will make to their field of study.
  • Read about staff research areas.
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • The Ronnie Warrington Assistantships may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to a candidate with an outstanding academic record who shows high research potential. The award will be made for MPhil/PhD research study only.
  • The posts are for full-time study only and are open to Home, EU students or international students.
  • Candidates will normally possess at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent, in law/criminology and have an interest in degree-level teaching, perhaps with a view to an academic career.
  • Candidate should be willing and able to contribute to seminar teaching on one or more modules on the undergraduate or Qualifying Law Degree, Criminology degree or the Certificate in Higher Education.
  • Applications from those with a degree other than in law are also welcome but will need to satisfy the selection panel that they are able to undertake teaching in one of our programmes.
  • What Does It Offer?
  • The Ronnie Warrington awards will cover the cost of fees for two full-time students: one at the home/EU rate; and one at the overseas rate for the MPhil/PhD programme at Birkbeck.
  • Fixed term teaching assistantship for 3 years, part-time position (0.5 FTE) with a salary of £16,021 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.
  • Candidates will be required to undertake the College’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning. Tuition fees for this will be covered.
  • How To Apply
  • A PhD is the highest degree awarded by a university. We strive to maintain very high academic standards and only admit students who are likely to make a scholarly contribution to their field.
  • In order to ensure research excellence, we can only admit students where we have a capacity to provide adequate supervision, and when we are confident of the students’ capacities and potential.
  • We only offer supervision in areas where members of the School are actively working. Our academic staff are engaged in critical and interdisciplinary legal research in multiple fields. Candidates should be conscious of fitting this profile when approaching the Birkbeck School of Law to study for a PhD. Once your research proposal is ready, please submit an application to the College for the MPhil/PhD programme.
  • The Research Subcommittee reviews your application to ascertain whether it meets our threshold for promise of quality research, originality, and potential to make a contribution to research in the field. They will also liaise with prospective supervisors to determine whether the School has capacity to offer supervision.
  • Applicants must ensure they have applied for the MPhil/PhD programme before submitting their application for the Graduate Teaching Assistantship, otherwise their application for the GTA will not be considered.
  • Deadline For Applications
  • Applications for the Ronnie Warrington GTA scholarships close on 27th February 2018.
  • Award-holders are expected to complete their research degree normally within four years in the case of a full-time student, and within seven years in the case of a part-time student.
  • The School, the supervisor and the student should be fully aware of their responsibilities under Birkbeck’s Code of Practice for postgraduate training and supervision.

UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for six postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the DTP: University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.
  • Fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.
  • The PDF call forms part of ESRC’s strategy to supporting early career researchers and will be delivered through the national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).
  • The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who are within 12 months* of having completed their PhD. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.
  • All applicants must submit a completed proposal to the DTP along with the required attachments by 16.00 on 23 March 2018. The DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by June 2018.
  • For further details please see here

Bloomsbury Colleges Studentships

  • Applications are invited for Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships in 2019. The aim of these 3-year studentships is to encourage collaboration between two or more of the Bloomsbury Colleges.
  • Information about the call, including the application form and timetable, are available here.
  • Deadline for applications: 19 October 2018
  • If you have a query please contact the Birkbeck Graduate Research School by emailing in the first instance.

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