The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at QMUL offers a number of generous studentships for students undertaking their doctoral studies with us. Candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission, but not for funding.
Applications are welcome in all the fields and disciplines for which we provide expert supervision. A full list of research interests in SPIR is available on our website. Applicants with interdisciplinary projects (for example, with history and geography) are also encouraged to apply.
Before applying, you should make informal contact with a potential supervisor to establish whether we can provide you with expert supervision. Make sure you include:
More information about the structure of your research proposal can be found in the ‘How to draft a research proposal’ section.
More information about requirements for your formal application including your full-length research proposal of 2,000 words (not included in the word count) can be found ‘How to apply’ section.
Academic members of staff are unable to respond to general, undefined queries about research degrees. If you would like general information on the research degree programmes, please contact the Research Manager.
The following is for information only and is subject to change.
QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships
The School of Politics and International Relations invites applications for Doctoral Research Studentships open to UK and international students. Studentships will be awarded in March 2022 to the most outstanding candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences applying for a full-time or part-time PhD programme starting in autumn 2022. Applications will also be considered from students who are currently in the first year of a full-time PhD programme, or the first two years of a part-time programme.
Candidates will normally be expected to have a good first degree and a Masters degree in Politics, International Relations, or a related subject.
Awards are tenable for up to three years, and cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend at the UKRI London rate (c.£17,285 p.a. full-time, £8,643 part-time; 2022/23 rates tbc). Subject to funding arrangements, holders of research studentships will have the opportunity to teach up to 4 hours per week in the second and third years of their study.
Candidates can find specific guidance on preparing their application here.
Deadline: 19 January 2022 (17:00) Click here for more information.
BAME Studentships for UK candidates
We encourage applicants from UK candidates in BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) groups who have been previously under-represented in this process.
For 2022 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be offering two fully-funded doctoral studentships (tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI London rate) to UK applicants from a BAME background. Awards are tenable for up to three years. Applications will also be considered from students who are currently in the first year of a full-time PhD programme, or the first two years of a part-time programme.
To be eligible to apply for these studentships, you must be UK permanent residents from a BAME background and eligible to pay home student fees. You will automatically also be considered for our other studentships. Our goal is to recruit outstanding and diverse candidates across the full range of studentships.
Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) / QMUL HSS Principal’s Studentship
For 2022 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science is delighted to announce the introduction of an SHF-endorsed PhD Studentship. The studentship will support PhD applicants (or current PhD students in their first year of study - or the first two years of a part-time programme) who are eligible to pay Home fees and who meet specific eligibility criteria. It requires applicants to fine-tune their statement of purpose to include a description of why they think their project might be suitable for this Studentship, and of what Stuart Hall's 'legacy' might mean to them. They will automatically also be considered for the general awards and, where appropriate, for the BAME awards. The deadline for application is the same as for the HSS Principal’s Studentship.
More information on how to apply for this studentship is available here: SHF-QMUL HSS Principal's Studentship [PDF 545KB]
London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) Studentships
The School of Politics & IR is part of a prestigious ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, with QMUL, King's College London and Imperial College London.
Studentships can cover up to four years of tuition fees and provide a standard maintenance grant (2021/22 rate TBC). Successful applicants will be offered a variety of flexible models of combined PhD study and research training: either a 1 + 3 model (i.e. 1 year doing an MRes in advanced research training, plus 3 years of PhD) or the standard +3 model for applicants who already hold a Masters degree with sufficient core research training.
Please note that you need to complete an additional ESRC application form to be considered for funding through the DTP. Deadline 28 January 2022 (17:00). Further details and guidance on how to apply are below and available here.
Candidates must also adhere to the ESRC current residential eligibility rules.
London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP-DTP) Studentships
LAHP was created in 2014 as an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between King’s College London, School of Advanced Study (University of London), and University College London. Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics & Political Science joined the partnership as associate members in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-22 AHRC STUDENTSHIP COMPETITION NOW OPEN. Deadline expected 28th January 2022. Further details on the LAHP website.
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high/low Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university. Eligible applicants must hold an unconditional offer from a UK university by the time they submit their scholarship application and be available to start their studies at the beginning of the UK academic year in October or January (to be agreed by the CSC).
How to Apply
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General enquiries about making a formal application can be addressed to the Research and Postgraduate Research Student Manager by email email@example.com, or call +44 0207 882 5829.