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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.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at Birkbeck

  • The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to support outstanding early career researchers. All potential applicants for this scheme must first be selected by Birkbeck’s Research Strategy Group.
  • Eligible applicants will need to complete a short proforma describing their research and why they have selected Birkbeck as their host institution.
  • Find out more here.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at Birkbeck

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.
  • Eligible applicants will need to complete a short proforma describing their research and why they have selected Birkbeck as their host institution. This must be submitted to us at to allow for the selection of the best candidates.
  • Find out more here.

Department of History Scholarships

  • The Department of History are offering 2 PhD scholarships that may be of interest to those coming from a Law background.
  • 1. A fully funded, full time, three-year studentship to work on any aspect of the history of Birkbeck, in advance of the College's bicentenary in 2023.
  • 2. A fully funded, full time, three-year studentship to work on projects that fall within the scope of Professor Joanna Bourke's five year Investigator Award, entitled 'Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry' (Wellcome Trust funded).
  • The deadline for these is 1 May 2019. Find out more here (top two links).

Criminology Bursaries

  • The Department of Criminology is pleased to announce that for new students applying to study in 2019/20 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 into study, and those who help fulfil the College’s widening participation and encouraging social mobility mission.
  • The closing date is 2 August 2019.
  • Applications should be addressed to the 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 Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory
  • LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development
  • LLM Law
  • 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.
  • Deadline For Applications
  • Deadline for applications is midnight 30 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

  • Find out more and apply here.
  • These posts provide an opportunity to study for a PhD in the School of Law, alongside gaining valuable experience as a teaching assistant in some of the School’s programmes of study. Birkbeck School of Law is among the world’s leading centres for interdisciplinary legal research and critical legal studies.
  • Applications must be made first to the MPhil/PhD programme before applying for one of the GTA vacancies.
  • 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 Law School to study for a PhD.
  • The deadline for applications is midnight, Tuesday 5 February.

ESRC DTP Studentships

  • The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership is an ESRC-funded organisation which brings together five leading Social Science institutions: UCL, SOAS, LSHTM, Birkbeck and UEL.
  • One of the largest ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, the UBEL DTP funds over 40 studentships a year in areas spanning across the social sciences and economics. The DTP offers interdisciplinary and cross-institutional postgraduate studentships from 25 different pathways across its 56 departments. Studentships are offered on a full-time and part-basis, across a range of routes (+3; 1+3; 2+3 & +4) with over 80 MRes, MSc and MA programmes attached. The Law and Socio-legal Studies pathway offers three routes covering different aspects of our research, two based at Birkbeck, Socio-legal Studies (Human Rights) and Criminology, and one at SOAS, Law. All will be available to DTP students in 1+3 and +3 structures. All 1+3 structures will be based on flexible MRes programmes, allowing students to follow disciplinary and methods training in accordance with their research interests.
  • Applicants should submit applications for a place on the School’s MPhil/PhD programmes and secure support from a potential supervisor from the School for their project prior to submitting an application to the pathway lead.
  • Birkbeck’s internal deadline for ESRC DTP studentship applications is the 14th December 2018. Applicants are encouraged to contact pathway lead: Paul Turnbull (
  • For more details see here
  • Deadline to submit a preliminary application via the FluidReview portal: 21 January 2019

ESRC DTP PDFs (Postdoctoral Fellowships)

  • 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.
  • The PDF call forms part of ESRC’s strategy for 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.
  • For more details see here
  • Deadline to submit a preliminary application via the FluidReview portal: 21 January 2019

Bloomsbury Colleges Studentships

  • Application details for 2020 will be listed here shortly

CHASE Doctoral Training Programme - Fully funded AHRC studentships available at Birkbeck available for entry in 2019

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships are available for PhD studies at Birkbeck beginning in Autumn 2019. These studentships are a result of recently announced funding for the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE) doctoral training programme.
  • Completed applications must be submitted to Sappho Xenakis by 14 December. Applicants should already have secured agreement from staff they wish to act as supervisors by this stage. Departmental interviews will take place in January 2019.  Learn more about CHASE here.
  • For further details please contact

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