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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 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. For further details please contact

Ronnie Warrington Graduate Teaching Assistantships For MPhil/PhD Students

  • Further details will be posted here shortly.


  • Birkbeck is a partner in the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership. UBEL offers a range of routes across 25 pathways, including Law, Socio-legal studies and Criminology, providing many opportunities for social sciences PhD studentships at Birkbeck. Find out more about eligibility here.
  • 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 8 January 2019.
  • 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: 15 October 2018
  • If you have a query please contact the Birkbeck Graduate Research School by emailing in the first instance.


  • Birkbeck has been part of a successful consortium bid for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council which will support PhD researchers over the coming years.
  • The College joined with a number of other institutions to form the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE), which has been coordinated by the University of Sussex and also includes the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths and SOAS.
  • It is one of 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships which have been awarded across the UK and will support in excess of 50 doctoral studentships annually over the course of five years. These will include a number of collaborative doctoral awards with partner organisations. The new awards will be advertised in October to start in the following academic year, from October 2019.
  • See here for further details.

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