Department for the Economy (DFE) Studentships

The DfE Studentships are funded by the Department for the Economy (DFE), formerly Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

The studentship may cover maintenance and fees for a maximum of three years.

  • UK residents: fees plus maintenance. 
  • Other EU residents: fees only.  

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DEL Research Eligibility Guidance Notes.

Research Proposal

You are required to submit a research proposal as part of your application for a PhD.  In order to ensure that there is sufficient research expertise within the Faculty to supervise your project, it is recommended that you contact a member of academic staff to discuss your proposal. The academic can then advise if there is a potential supervisor available for this topic. 

For further information regarding this, please contact the following staff in the relevant School or Institute to initiate the discussion: 


School of Arts, English and Languages

Contact:Naoimh Mackel, Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email: n.mackel@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 3152

 School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Contact: Gareth Amos, Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email: g.amos@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 1362

School of Law

Contact: Sonya Dougherty, Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email: sonya.dougherty@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 3182

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Contact: Karen McLaughlin, Research Administrator,

Email: Karen.McLaughlin@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 5989

Queen’s Management School

Contact: Stephen Armstrong, International MBA and Postgraduate Research Administrator,

Email s.m.armstrong@qub.ac.uk, Tel. 028 9097 4038

Institute of Theology

Contact: Email: theology@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 3612

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Contact:Wendy Smith, Administrator,

Email: w.smith@qub.ac.uk, Tel: 028 9097 3888

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI)

Visit the website or contact David Piekaar, 

Email: d.piekaar@qub.ac.uk , Tel: 028 9097 5956 

Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality 

Contact:Tom Walker, Centre Director 

Email: tom.walker@qub.ac.uk , Tel: 028 9097 3626




How to apply

After you have made contact with an academic member of staff and a suitable research project has been identified, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.


Application deadline – Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm.

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Centre for Risk and Inequality

Closing date for applications is Friday 17 Feb 2017

The Centre brings together researchers from across the University to investigate the relationship between two of the most significant challenges facing the world today: tacking increasing inequality and managing systemic risks. These studentships are full-time and run for three years, beginning in September 2017.
All fees are paid and there is also an annual maintenance grant. Successful candidates may also have opportunities to undertake some paid teaching.

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