School of Law

London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship

About the award

  • The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is offering a number of Studentships for the next academic year (2020-21) and applicants to the QMUL School of Law PhD programme are eligible to apply for these awards.
  • The Studentship comprises a full fee waiver at Home/EU rates and an annual stipend of around £17,000 per year - please note the award isn’t open to applicants from outside of the EU and the majority of full awards available are for UK applicants.
  • The selection process will take place in early 2020 following the deadlines in January/February, and candidates will have the selection decision confirmed in April 2020. Selection is made via a competitive process, with candidates from the QMUL doctoral programme competing with applicants from the various other institutes linked to the LAHP scheme.

Deadlines & the application process

LAHP requirements are that applicants must have completed and submitted their main QMUL PhD application (and all required supporting documents) by their Friday, 31 January 2020. However, the School of Law recommends, because applicants must have a primary supervisor organised by the time of the funding deadline, that they submit a PhD application to the School of Law as the first step of the application process.  Once this has been submitted then the School of Law can appoint a supervisor with relevant expertise as part of our application review process.  Applicants should only then prepare and submit their LAHP application form and Supervisor Statement form once they have spoken to their appointed supervisor. 

Given that the application review process can take a few weeks, applicants are strongly recommended to have submitted their main PhD application by early December 2019 (6 December 2019). 

Queen Mary uses an on-line application system.  Click here for information on how to apply, what our entry requirements are, what documentation is required, and for a link to the online application system.   

Applicants should indicate on the Queen Mary PhD online application form, in the appropriate section, that they wish to be considered for LAHP Studentship funding. In this section, in response to the question - ‘How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary?’ there is a drop-down list of options provided.   Please select the “I will be applying for a scholarship/grant” option. Then, specifically, in response to the following question – ‘Please give details of any scholarships or grants, including QMUL Studentships, you are applying for or have already secured’, you should indicate you wish to apply for a ‘LAHP Studentship’ specifically. 

The LAHP funding application form can be found here.

Finally, applicants are responsible for ensuring their proposed doctoral supervisor has completed and submitted the ‘LAHP Supervisor Statement Form’ document by 23:59 on Friday, 7 February 2020 (please see the ‘Contacting Supervisors’ section below).  Again, this form can be found here.

The LAHP webpage mentioned above also includes a blank PDF version of the application form that applicants can print off to practice completing and drafting their answers on.  Please note, this isn’t the actual application form - that can only be completed via the online portal given above.

The LAHP application form

Please note, the LAHP application form requires applicants to submit the following information: 

  • Non-technical summary (up to 600 characters)
  • Practice-led research (up to 1,500 characters)
  • Research proposal (up to 8,000 characters across two questions)
  • Key references (up to 10)
  • Timetable for completion (up to 600 characters)
  • Professional / practitioner experience (up to 4,000 characters)
  • Academic or Professional qualifications (up to 4,000 characters)
  • Personal statement (up to 4,000 characters)
  • Additional training needs (up to 600 characters)

This information is therefore in addition to that provided as part of the main PhD application form and supporting documentation. However, while the exact information an applicant provides in each application form will differ slightly, there may be some overlap – for example in the text used for the Research Proposal.


School of Law PhD programme entry requirements

Applicants are expected to meet the entry requirements of the Queen Mary School of Law PhD programme – these require applicants to gain a ‘Pass with Distinction’ on an LLM or equivalent post-graduate qualification in Law, such as an MA.  For degrees taken outside of the UK the applicant must obtain the grade equivalent to a UK ‘Pass with Distinction’. For applicants from non-English speaking countries, proof of English language competency may be required. While these requirements are higher than the general requirements the LAHP has, applicants should note that the requirements of the School of Law’s PhD programme take precedence.

Residency Requirements

To be eligible for a full award (including a fee waiver and a stipend), you must:

  • have settled status in the UK (meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay).
  • have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship grant. This means you must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).

To be eligible for a fees only award (with no stipend), you must:

  • be ordinarily resident in an EU member state, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

However, the LAHP has confirmed there will be a limited number of full awards (fees and stipend) for EU students designated `fees-only’ by the AHRC

Thus applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ or ‘international’ for fees purposes are not eligible for these funding awards.

Area of research

Your proposed topic of research, as outlined in your research proposal submitted with your main application, must be within the subject areas covered by the AHRC

The School of Law would generally come under the area of ‘Law and Legal Studies’ as the AHRC defines it, which incorporates the following specific areas of legal research:

  • Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law
  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Law and Criminology
  • International Law
  • EU Law
  • Public Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Common Law, including Commercial Law
  • Law Regulated by Statute
  • Law Relating to Property
  • Legal History

Contacting supervisors – Completing the ‘LAHP Supervisor Statement Form’

*Important Note*

  • As mentioned in the ‘Deadlines & the application process’ section above, we advise applicants to submit their main PhD application in early December 2019, so that a supervisor can be selected as part of our PhD application review process. Once we have  appointed a staff member as an applicant’s primary supervisor, we will confirm this to the applicant.  At that point applicants should contact their proposed supervisor directly to work on the main LAHP application form with them.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the appointed supervisor will complete the ‘LAHP Supervisor Statement Form’ and submit it to the e-mail address by the deadline confirmed above.  This e-mail should confirm your name, the fact that you have applied to Queen Mary, and include your 9-digit application number. 
  • Without submission of this ‘LAHP Supervisor Statement Form’, the funding application will not be considered. This form can be downloaded from the webpage, under the ‘Guidance on Completing your application’ heading.
  • Current First year PhD students should arrange for their current primary supervisor to provide this Statement of Support
  • Please note, School of Law PhD students normally have 2 supervisors during their studies - the second supervisor will be appointed during the main application review period.


  • The award is open both to applicants wishing to commence their doctoral studies in September 2020, and to existing first year PhD students, who wish to apply for funding in their 2nd and 3rd year of study – applicants must have at least 50% of their doctorate to complete to be eligible.
  • The award is open to applicant’s wishing to study on either a part-time or full-time basis (although the School of Law would prefer applications for full-time study). In both cases, a fee waiver is provided – for part-time students, the stipend is provided on a pro-rata basis. 
  • Awards, if granted, cannot be deferred.
  • For information about the LAHP scheme’s own eligibility criteria, please see their webpage.


  • For further information about how to apply for the LAHP award, and to download the appropriate application form click here.
  • For any queries relating to eligibility for the funding scheme, please contact
  • If you require any further information about applying to the PhD programmes, please contact the Admissions Administrator, Mr Gareth Skehan by email on