Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

There are a wide range of funding opportunities available to students interested in pursuing doctoral research. Please search the Postgraduate Funding Database for a list of all currently available scholarships.

Scholarships that will be available for doctoral research in Birmingham Law School commencing in September 2014 include:  

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Socio-Legal Pathway 

Nominations for ESRC funding for study starting in Setpember 2014 are now open for applicants interested in pursuing doctoral research on the socio-legal pathway. Full details of this competition are available here 

To be eligible for funding you will also need to have made a formal application to the University of Birmingham for the course of study you wish to undertake by the deadline. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 15 January 2014 at 4pm.

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC scholarship, please ensure that you follow our admissions guidance and discuss the process with your prospective supervisor as early as possible, and at least one month before the deadline.

AHRC Midlands 3 Cities Consortium Studentships

Birmingham Law School is delighted to be participating in the AHRC M3C consortium for doctoral studentships from 2014 – 2018. Full details, and how to apply will be available at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/ahrc-funding 

To be eligible for funding you will also need to have made a formal application to Birmingham Law School before the deadline. The deadline for AHRC studentship applications is Thursday 9 January 2014 at 12 noon.

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC scholarship, please ensure that you follow our admissions guidance and discuss the process with your prospective supervisor as early as possible, and at least one month before the deadline.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistantships

Application closing date: 4pm, Friday 14 February 2014

Applications are invited for full time Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PTA) scholarships leading to the degree of PhD commencing in September 2014. Successful applicants will receive a maintenance grant and teaching payment (currently £13,460 per year) and tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate. A bursary reducing the overseas fee to home fee rate may also be awarded to suitably qualified applicants on a competitive basis.

The funding for these PTA scholarships will be available for one year in the first instance, extended for a second and then third year providing there has been satisfactory performance in both teaching and research. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University.

Those appointed PTAs will normally be expected to teach approximately 60 hours of small group seminars on an undergraduate law module per year, and hold regular office hours. PTAs are valued members of the Birmingham Law School teaching staff. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided.

Benefits of Becoming a PTA

By the end of their time in the School, PTAs can expect to have made good progress in the craft of university teaching and have a research degree. Many PTAs have used their experience as a stepping stone to taking up full-time academic appointments on completion of their PhDs. Benefits include:

• Gaining valuable teaching experience to increase employability
• An established route to becoming a full time academic
• Annual maintenance grant and teaching payment
• Tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate
• A shared office with other Postgraduate Teaching Assistants
• Support and assistance with the preparation of teaching materials
• Participation in a thriving Postgraduate Research Community
• Support to attend conferences and events

So far as possible, PTAs are treated as fully-fledged members of the teaching staff. They attend our annual learning and teaching ‘away day’, have opportunities for teaching training, and gain an understanding of the quality assurance mechanisms used by good universities. The main priority for PTAs is, however, to conduct their own research.

Support available for PTAs

• An experienced member of the School acts as teaching mentor to each PTA.
• An introductory course is organised on small-group teaching early in the academic year.
• Training in using the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment
• The opportunity to attend other appropriate training courses offered by the University’s Staff Development Unit.

How to Apply

The application for PTA scholarships is in addition to an application to study for a PhD in the Law School. Applicants should fill in the PTA Scholarship Application Form and provide two References, using the Reference Form.

Applications and references should be submitted electronically to law-research@bham.ac.uk. All applications and references must be received by 4pm on Friday, 14 February 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

There are a range of other scholarship opportunities that may be available. Potential applicants are encouraged to consider alternative sources of funding including scholarships from charitable organisations and other funding bodies. International students should check the scholarship opportunities available on the International Student webpages, and search the Postgraduate Funding Database for specific scholarships.

If you have questions about funding or scholarships, please contact us at law-research@bham.ac.uk Tel: 0121 414 6282, Fax: 0121 414 3585.

 

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Enquiries

Postgraduate Administrator
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

 

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Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 6282
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