PhD Studentship Awards in International Studies (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Funded Postgraduate Research Studentships Commencing September 2016

For students wishing to apply for School-based funding for postgraduate research degrees beginning in September 2016, the School is pleased to announce a number of funding opportunities for PhD students beginning September 2016. We welcome student proposals in a wide range of scholarly areas, with particular emphasis on the following:

  • Security, Borders and Migration
  • Terrorism & Conflict
  • EU Governance
  • Comparative Politics / Political Behaviour and Parties
  • Middle Eastern Politics & Islam
  • Ethics & Public Policy
  • Political Economy of Risk
  • Contemporary Irish History and Politics

(1) DEL PhD Studentship Awards

The Faculty Of Arts, Humanities & Social Science invites applications for PhD Studentship Awards, funded by Northern Ireland’s Department of Employment and Learning (DEL), available for full-time PhD research commencing in autumn 2016. A total of 36 PhD studentships are available and they will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who have: an excellent undergraduate degree; a Master’s degree in a relevant subject completed, or are due to complete by September 2016; an original and exciting research proposal that will contribute to the further enhancement of areas of research strength in the Faculty. The studentships are available to UK and other EU and EEA nationals, however specific eligibility criteria apply. For example, for UK Based students, each award will cover approved tuition fees and maintenance payments for three years, whereas EU and EEA students are eligible for fees only.

Those wishing to be considered for a DEL PhD studentship should complete the online postgraduate application here, registering your application against the home School of your proposed primary supervisor. Please note that the deadline for these applications is 29th January, 2016.

(2) Northern Bridge Studentships 

As part of the Northern Bridge Consortium which includes Newcastle University and Durham University, Queen’s is part of a programme of funding that will offer up to 50 fully funded PhD positions across these three institutions. These are specific opportunities for ‘Humanities Facing’ subject areas within the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy which include, but are not limited to, Philosophy, Political Theory, Political History, Diplomatic History, Cultural Studies and Aesthetics and Politics.

Further Information on this funding scheme can be found here Northern Bridge Scholarships: Please note that the deadline for this competition is 11th January 2016

(3) Other funding opportunities 

Queen’s has a number of other relevant schemes for PhD funding including awards from specific national governments (e.g. China Council Studentships), the British Council, and other specific regions (e.g. Commonwealth Scholarships). Eligibility and deadlines vary for each of these studentships. For further information on other possible funding opportunities, please click here.

Practical Information:

  • For important guidance on applying see the information on the School’s Postgraduate Research Degrees
  • Applications should be submitted via the University application portal.
  • Please note that it is imperative that the School receives references by the closing date above.
  • For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary, Sarah McAfee, who will be pleased to advise on the procedure for submitting applications.
  • The closing date for all other applications is 30 June 2016.

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