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 by following the links here. 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 to 3,000 words 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 (see below for email).
The following is for information only and is subject to change.
QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships
Queen Mary Principal’s studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. The school will be able to make a number of nominations for those wishing to enter in October 2020. They cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance (fees to be confirmed for 2020/21 entry) for up to three years. Candidates will normally be expected to have a good first degree and a Masters degree in Politics, International Relations, or a related subject. Deadline: 19th January 2020 (17:00) Click here for more information.
SPIR Graduate Teaching Studentships
SPIR are likely to be able to offer for the academic year 2019/20, two* (subject to change) Graduate Teaching Studentships which would be open to UK, EU and International students. They cover tuition fees, and a maintenance grant of around £16,777* (*2018/19 figure - subject to change) per year for up to three years. In exchange, the studentship holder would be required to undertake up to 4 hours of teaching assistance per week during teaching periods of the academic year.
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 of £16,777* per year (*likely to increase for 2020/21 entry). 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 31 January 2020 (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 2020-21 AHRC STUDENTSHIP COMPETITION NOW OPEN. Deadline 31 January 2020 (23:59). Further details on the LAHP WEBPAGES.
The Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LTDS) Programme
Do you have a PhD project proposal related to issues of people’s mobility and the effects of that mobility on our economic, political and social worlds?
We are now inviting applicants for 2020/21 entry for fully funded QMUL-LTDS Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarships on the theme of ‘Mobile People: mobility as a way of life’. This includes research in the fields of migration studies, refugee studies and citizenship studies in the disciplines of Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Politics and Psychology.
QMUL-LTDS will support interdisciplinary PhD projects addressing the theme of mobile people across at least two of these disciplines. We will award up to 7 full-time doctoral scholarships each academic year for three years from 2020/21. The Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships award builds on QMUL’s unique, agent-centred research in the humanities, social and cognitive sciences on human mobility as a global norm rather than an exception, and on the impact of mobile people on social and political institutions such as citizenship, democracy, nationality, and security.
Please note that if you are applying for the QMUL-LTDS Scholarships, you will need to specifically address the following questions in your research proposal:
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high income countries)
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income 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 2019 or January 2020 (to be agreed by the CSC). The deadline for applications will be advertised as soon as available.
How to Apply
Please read these details carefully.
General enquiries about making a formal application can be addressed to the Research and Postgraduate Research Student Manager by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 0207 882 5829.