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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 (2023-24) and applicants to the Queen Mary 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 £19,000 per year.
  • The selection process will take place in early 2023 following the deadlines in January/February, and candidates will have the selection decision confirmed in April 2023. Selection is made via a competitive process, with candidates from the Queen Mary doctoral programme competing with applicants from the various other institutes linked to the LAHP scheme.

Deadlines and the application process

Please note, the LAHP funding scheme will open for applications on 28 November 2022.

Important note

The LAHP application process operates on the basis that applicants will have arranged for an academic to agree to act as their supervisor prior to submitting their formal application for funding (and the PhD programme they are applying to) by the time of the LAHP funding deadline.  

However, the application process for the School of Law PhD programme doesn’t require applicants, prior to formally submitting their application, to have first contacted an academic and gained their agreement to supervise their proposed research. In fact, we generally prefer if you submit your proposal without first contacting an academic (unless of course you know them already), and academics who you do contact may well ask you to submit your application in the usual way. 

Applicants interested in applying for LAHP funding are therefore strongly advised to apply to our PhD programme in the usual way, by the 7 December 2022. The School of Law will both review your application and attempt to find and appoint a relevant academic staff member as your supervisor and confirm this to you prior to the end of January. This would give the proposed supervisor time to complete and submit the ‘Supervisor Statement’ by the LAHP given deadline date. If, prior to the 7th of December, you happen to have already spoken to a School of Law academic eligible to act as your doctoral supervisor, and that academic has expressed interest in acting as your supervisor, then please indicate that in your  PhD application form.

LAHP applications are very competitive, and a successful LAHP application usually takes a considerable amount of time to finesse. Thus, the School of Law strongly recommends you apply by the 7 December, so that there is enough time to work on your proposal together with your proposed supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

If you are a current First year PhD student, then you should arrange for your current primary supervisor to provide this Supervisor Statement. 

QMUL uses an on-line application system. For information on how to apply, what our entry requirements are, what documentation is required, and for a link to the Online application system, visit the Law PhD programme page.

Applicants should indicate on the QMUL PhD On-line Application Form, in the ‘Other information’ section, that they wish to be considered for LAHP Studentship funding.   In response to the question – ‘Are you applying for a Doctoral Training Programme (DTP)? you need to confirm ‘Yes’ from the drop-down menu. Then, from the next question ‘Which Doctoral Training Programme are you applying for?’, you need to select ‘LAHP’.

If you wish to apply for other QMUL funding awards simultaneously, you may do so.  If you are unable to indicate this on the on-line application form, please e-mail with notification by the time of the relevant funding deadline.

Also, applicants are responsible for ensuring their proposed doctoral supervisor has completed and submitted the ‘LAHP Supervisor Statement Form’ document by deadline which, for both the LAHP application form and the Supevisor Statement is 27 January 2023.

The LAHP funding application forms can be found at: How to apply for an open studentship - LAHP 

Important - The main LAHP application form can only be submitted once the Supervisors Statement has been submitted by the first supervisor named on your LAHP application form.  You must let your first named supervisor know that you will be notifying them via the LAHP online application portal. This notification will include a link for your supervisor to submit their statement as part of your application to LAHP. You will not be able to submit your application without the Supervisor statement having already been submitted. Please see the ‘Contacting Supervisors’ section below for more information. 

The LAHP web-page mentioned above should also include blank pdf versions of the application form and Supervisor Statement form that can be printed off to practice completing and drafting answers on.

As mentioned above, you must also have submitted your main PhD application prior to the LAHP funding deadline.

The LAHP application form

Please note, the LAHP application form requires applicants to submit specific information about their proposed research. This information is therefore in addition to that, such as the Research Proposal, provided as part of the main Queen Mary PhD application form and supporting documentation.


School of Law PhD programme entry requirements

Applicants are expected to meet the entry requirements of the QMUL 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 these, higher, requirements of the School of Law’s PhD programme take precedence. 

Study Mode

The LAHP award is open to applicants look to study either on a full- or part-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.  

Residency Requirements

The LAHP award is available for both Home and International applicants.

LAHP Black and Global Majority studentships

LAHP will be funding a minimum number of studentships to UK Black and Global Majority students in its open studentship competition for entry in October 2022. Whilst the application process is the same, further details can be found on the how to apply webpage.

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 and the AHRC Research Funding Guide.

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


The award is open both to applicants wishing to commence their doctoral studies in September 2023, 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.

For information about the LAHP scheme’s own eligibility criteria, please see how to apply for an open studentship - LAHP.


  • For further information about how to apply for the LAHP award, and to download the appropriate application form, visit how to apply for an open studentship - LAHP
  • 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
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