Hertfordshire Law School PhD Scholarship Award (UK/EU/International)

The Hertfordshire Law School is advertising three fully funded PhD scholarships, to be awarded to exceptional doctoral students. The three years’ full-time scholarships are now available to candidates commencing 1st September 2020. They provide a substantial stipend matching the research council rate of £ 14,777 and include the cost of tuition fees (UK/EU/International rate)

Start date: 1st September 2020

Closing date: 23:59 pm, 31st March 2020

Award amount

The scholarship is for a generous stipend matching the Research Council rate of £ 14,777 and includes the cost of tuition fees (Home/EU/International rate). The duration of the scholarship is three years full-time. Note that these awards are open to Home, EU and International students.

Funding source

The University of Hertfordshire (UH) is based in Hatfield and is only a short (22 minute) train journey away from central London. According to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework 2014, over 90% of the submitted research at the UH was judged to be of international quality. Legal research is an essential component of academic work within the Hertfordshire Law School. The School is involved in Collaborative Research Projects with national and international partners, building on the wealth of experience and international relationships of our highly qualified team of academics, which includes researchers from across the world.


Applications are invited for three PhD scholarships from suitably qualified and highly motivated individuals to undertake a Research Degree at the Hertfordshire Law School. The School is keen to encourage applications within its stimulating areas of research expertise, i.e.

  • Company, Commercial Law, ​Governance and Compliance
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice - ​particular interests in penology, social control and governance, Chinese studies, Race and Colonialism, prisons, feminism, gendered violence, media and crime, and sexuality
  • Legal ​and Criminological History
  • Public Law
  • ADR
  • ​Medical Law
  • Information Technology/Intellectual Property
  • International Law, International Environmental Law, Human Rights Law and EU Law

The scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance and will be extended annually for a second and then third year, subject to verifiable and satisfactory progress.

How to apply

To help you with the preparation and submission of your application please follow the following procedure:

1. Find and contact a potential supervisor: Visit the Law School research page to identify a relevant supervisor and ask them about the feasibility of your research project, before submitting the application. If you find it difficult to identify a potential supervisor, please contact the School’s Research Degrees Admissions Tutor Dr. Felipe Romero-Moreno .

2. Apply to become a doctoral research student at the University of Hertfordshire: After having discussed the feasibility of your research project with a relevant supervisor, you will have to submit an official online application following the UH normal application process for admission. To apply you will need to complete an application form. Please expressly indicate on your application that you are applying for a Hertfordshire Law School PhD Scholarship Award. To speed up this process, you are also advised to submit with the application your research proposal, qualifications, passport and CV. Note that your research proposal should include a maximum of 2000 words and state the main goals of the research, methodology or research techniques that will be used, hypothesis, approach, phased programme of work, likely contribution to knowledge and any consideration of ethics, if applicable. The deadline to submit the UH application is 31st March 2020. The application must be sent to doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk.

What happens after you apply?

Once the selection process has been completed, short-listed applicants will be informed of the date, time and venue of the interview. If you have not received an invitation to interview, after 14th of April 2020, you may assume that the application was unsuccessful. Due to the large volume of applications that we may receive, we will not be able to provide feedback on your application if this is the case. The interview will be undertaken by the Research Degrees Admissions Tutor and your potential supervisor.

Closing date

The Hertfordshire Law School deadline for these scholarships is 31st of March 2020.


Candidates who wish to discuss their applications are welcome to contact the University’s Doctoral College via email .

Terms and conditions

  • The scholarships are offered in accordance with the UH’s standard terms and conditions for PhD applicants.
  • Applicants should hold at least a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution and at least an IELTS score of 6.5
  • All stipends are to be paid on a monthly basis.
  • The duration of the scholarship is three years and on a full-time basis.
  • We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from BAME groups to apply.