Fees and Funding
Information on fees for research degrees can be found here.
The School of Law has an excellent track record of assisting students in securing funding for their PhD study. Many of our postgraduate research students receive funding either from the University or from external bodies including UK research councils and the Modern Law Review. Listed below are the main sources of funding for a PhD in Law.
University of Reading International Research Studentships
This scheme is open to all international students. For 2014/15 the scheme will offer one full award, covering both fees and a maintenance grant, and six fees only studentships. The fees only studentships will only be awarded to projects falling within one of the University's strategic research themes. These are:
- Climate and environmental change
- Agriculture and food security
- Health and well-being
- Prosperity and resilience
- Heritage, creativity and values
Please note that these themes are intended to be broadly interpreted across subject areas. Please see the information available via the link.
AHRC DTP Studentships
UK/EU postgraduate research students in Law may apply for a studentship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The School of Law is part of the AHRC accredited South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which makes a number of studentship awards across the Universities that form the DTP. These awards will provide funding to cover both fees and stipend. Please see the information available via the link.
ESRC DTC studentships
Uk/EU postgraduate research students in Law may apply for a studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The School of Law is part of the ESRC accredited South East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which funds a number of studentship awards across the Universities that form the DTC partnership. These awards will provide funding to cover both fees and stipend and in some cases (where a 1+3 award is made) cover the cost of Masters study.
Felix Scholarships pay full fees and provide a living allowance. The competition is open to candidates applying for a postgraduate degree who are either Indian nationals, or from a developing country. Additional eligibility criteria apply. Please follow this link for more information.
Modern Law Review Scholarships
The MLR scholarships are awarded to PhD candidates who have successfully completed their first year of PhD study and whose registration for the PhD programme has been confirmed. The School of Law may nominate one candidate per year who is undertaking research in an area covered by the MLR. Please follow the link for more information.
Leverhulme Doctoral Programme in Climate Justice
The programme brings together areas of Reading's existing academic excellence in the social sciences, philosophy, law and the physical sciences to support innovative doctoral research at the interface of climate and justice. Climate Justice PhD students take research training modules in Climate Ethics and Climate Science and have access to a panel of climate science experts drawn from across the University. As a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar you will benefit from workshops and events and from engagement with world-leading Visiting Scholars in each year of the Programme.
See here for more information.
If you are planning to apply for funding then you should be aware that strict deadlines apply for most competitions. Further, in order to have the best possible application and proposal, you are advised to contact the School PGR Director as soon as possible, to discuss your project and potential supervisors. Most competitions for September entry close at the beginning of January or February.
Full information on dates and funding for the current year are available on the Graduate School Webpages