Academic & Student Affairs

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

John McConnell Scholarships

(See Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)

Helena Wallace Scholarships

The Helena Wallace Scholarship was founded in 1964 under the will of Helena Wallace of Belfast.   The regulations governing the scholarships are as follows:

1.         The scholarship is open to graduate students studying in any discipline relevant to the work undertaken within the Irish Studies International Initiative who intend to undertake advanced study or research.

2.         Applicants will be invited to forward details of their academic record, their referee's comments and the detail of their research.

3.         One scholarship of £2,000 may be made each year to the highest ranking applicant on the recommendation of the nominated subcommittee of the Irish Studies International Initiative Steering Group.

4.         Applicants will be assessed on a range of criteria including details of their academic record, their referee's comments, and the detail of their research.

5.         These scholarships may be held with any other studentship or scholarship of the University providing the regulations of the studentship or scholarship so permit.

6.         Applications will be invited by the Steering Group and should be returned to the Office of the Administrator, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences by the date advised.

Amended May 2010

School of Education

Excellence in Teaching Prize

A bequest of £5,000, from one of the first students to graduate through Queen’s Bachelor of Education at Stranmillis College, was awarded to the School of Education in January 2008. 

Each PGCE subject will select the student with the best assessment profile for the School Placements module.  In the event that two or more students have the same profile in a subject area, a lottery will be used for the final selection.

A panel, comprising two PGCE tutors and a serving teacher will assess the nominations and select the best student.  The nominated students will be required to undertake a demonstration of practical teaching followed by an interview with the panel.

Amended: November 2008, November 2011

Northern Ireland Centre for Educational Research Support Fund

Each academic year up to ten awards will be available to support teacher researchers working on classroom-based projects aimed at improving teaching and learning.  Each award will be worth up to £500. 

This can be spent on teaching cover or costs associated with carrying out a research project, including travel, materials and sundry expenses.  In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must be a recognised teacher working in a school in Northern Ireland and carrying out a project for a research dissertation on a self-funded Masters or Doctoral course in the School of Education.  The dissertation should be focused on some aspect of teaching and learning in the classroom.  If more than ten applications are received for the fund, the successful candidates will be selected by a panel consisting of the Head of School, the Director of Education (Postgraduate) and one other academic member of staff.   The awards will be allocated to the projects with the highest potential to inform teaching and learning.  Successful applicants will be expected to provide a short report, of no more than 2,000 words, on their dissertation.  These reports may be disseminated by the School of Education.

February 2009

Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Literary Scholarship (School of English)

One literary scholarship derived from a bequest from the Dr Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Trust is open to Queen’s students meeting the criteria below.  Students who will be eligible for automatic consideration for the scholarship are those who:

(a)        Have obtained a Single, Major or Joint Honours undergraduate degree in English;

(b)        Have been offered a place on the MA in English at Queen's.

An Allocation Meeting will normally meet in June to select the recipient of this scholarship following commencement of a programme of postgraduate study at Queen’s.  Normally, the panel will comprise the Chair of Examinations Board, Director of Education and School Manager, of the School of English.

Students will be ranked according to their final undergraduate degree classification.  The scholarship shall normally be awarded to the student who has obtained the highest overall mark across all modules contributing to their final degree classification.  In the event of a tie the candidates may be invited to interview for a final decision.The award for the value of £1,600 for one year is tenable with any other studentship or scholarship across the University.

May 2008, Amended June 2011

School of History and Anthropology

J C Beckett Bursaries

The J C Beckett Bursaries were established in 2000 in memory of Professor J C Beckett who served the University with great distinction as a scholar, teacher and its first Professor of Irish History from 1958 to 1975.  The Bursaries will initially number at least two, though this number may be increased to three or more if funds permit.  Each Bursary will be equivalent to the current cost of the “home” fees payable by a student enrolling for an MA in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University.

All students who have been accepted by the School as suitable for postgraduate study Irish history, are eligible to be considered for a Bursary.

The Bursaries will be awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Head of School of History and Anthropology acting in consultation with the chair of the School’s Research Committee, to those eligible candidates who have obtained the highest average mark in the first degree, and whose postgraduate fees are not being met by University or other public funds.   Priority will be given to graduates of Queens’ University, but should none of sufficient merit be eligible, graduates of other universities will be considered.   The School reserves the right not to make an award if candidates of sufficient merit do not apply.

Consideration of eligible candidates will be automatic.

Amended July 2006

Mary A. Gardiner Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1965 under the will of Mrs Annette Winnard Gardiner, in memory of Mary A. Gardiner, a Master of Arts of the University.

The scholarship shall be awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the School of History and Anthropology, to assist postgraduate study, preferably in Classics, Ancient History, or Byzantine Studies.  It is tenable along with any other scholarship, studentship or award whose regulations so permit.

It may be awarded:-

EITHER

(1) to a student of this University who is about to graduate and wishes to embark on research, either full-time or part-time, for assistance in travel or for any other approved purpose; OR

(2) to a graduate of this University who is already engaged in research, either full-time or part-time, for assistance in travel or for any other approved purpose; OR

(3) to a graduate of another university engaged in research, either full-time or part-time, for the purpose of visiting this University in connection with that research.

In recommending the award the Head of School will take into account the merits of the candidate and the purpose of the application.

The Scholarship will be awarded by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Head of School of History and Anthropology.  Applications should be addressed in the first instance to the Head of School of History and Anthropology.  Holders of the scholarship may apply for its renewal for a further year, up to a maximum of three years in all, but such applications for renewal will be considered in competition with any other applications for the scholarship.

Amended February 2006

McNeill Bequest

Mary McNeill bequeathed £10,000 to the Institute of Irish Studies following her death in 1984. 

A scholarship to the value of £1,000 is available for a student enrolled in the one-year MA degree course in Irish Studies.  This scholarship is open only to citizens of the USA or Canada enrolled as overseas students on this course.  The applications will be judged by a panel of Associates of the Institute of Irish Studies and chaired by the Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, on the basis of academic merit and reasons for taking the course.

February 2009; March 2013

School of Modern Languages

Dr Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Literary Scholarships (School of Modern Languages)

One literary scholarship derived from a bequest from the Dr Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Trust is open to students meeting the criteria below:

(a)  Have obtained an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages (Single, Major or Joint);
(b)  Are applying for a Modern Languages MA in the School of Modern Languages.

The scholarship shall normally be awarded to the student or students who have obtained the highest overall average mark as used for degree classifcation.  In the event of a tie the candidates may be invited to interview for a final decision.

The award for the value of £1,600 is tenable with any other studentship or scholarship across the University.

Applicants wishing to be considered for a Dr Henry Hutchinson Literary Scholarship should complete the downloadable funding application form available from the School's website and attach it to their MA application form.

School of Creative Arts

Michael Barnes Travel Scholarship (School of Creative Arts)

These scholarships are donated by the well known performer, travel presenter and writer, Michael Palin, in memory of his friend, Michael Barnes, who was a former director of the Belfast Festival at Queen's and of the Grand Opera House, Belfast.  Through both these roles, Michael Barnes made a major contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland bringing international artists to Belfast during the height of the Troubles.  He had a particular love of theatre, and the purpose of these travel scholarships is to provide opportunities for international research travel for postgraduate students in Drama Studies, in the School of Creative Arts.

The annual value of the bursary fund is £2350, and students may bid for any amount up to this limit.  We will normally award one or two scholarships each year.  The scholarships may support visits to work with a theatre practitioner or company, to see theatre / performances, or to undertake research in specialist collections abroad.  These should support the current of future research of the applicant, and enable them to forge international connections.

The deadline for receipt of applications is: 1 March 2012.  Students should include a CV, a budget with statement justifying the amount requested, and a 300 word rationale to demonstrate how this international visit will support their current or future research.

The Award Committee (Drama Studies), which will include the Chair of Drama, Postgraduate co-ordinator (Drama) and Director of Research for Drama, will consider all applications and will select on the basis of the quality of the application, i.e. taking into consideration the student's academic achievements, extent to which the trip will enhance the student's current and future research, and value for money.  The Committee will nominate the successful applicant(s) for approval to the School's Postgraduate Committee.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome by the School.

The successful student(s) will be required to write a 1,000 word report on how their trip enabled them to achieve their research goals.  This report must be submitted ot the School one month after the student's return date.

Payment will be authorised by the School of Creative Arts on production of evidence that travel bookings have been made, e.g. ticket or receipt for deposit on ticket.  If payment in advance of your travel is being requested, such documentation must be presented at least three weeks before the date of departure.  Any proposed change to the purpose for which the Scholarship has been awarded (e.g. alteration of dates or destination) must be submitted to the School for approval.

Applications should be addressed to: The Michael Barnes Travel Scholarships, Michelle Donnelly, Drama Studies, School of Creative Arts, Queen's University Belfast BT7 1NN, N. Ireland.

School of Law

Irish Legal History Society Postgraduate Award

The Irish Legal History Society Postgraduate Award will provide funding for one student to undertake a full-time PhD jointly at Queen's University and University College Dublin.  The award will be funded by the Irish Legal History Society.  The central features, in summary, are as follows:

1. The award is worth £5,000 (STG) p.a. subsistence and also covers tuition fees.  It is annually renewable, subject to satisfactory progress, up to a maximum of three years.

2. It is open to law or history graduates (at least 2:1) of any university.

3. There will be joint supervision from members of both Universities' Schools of Law.

4. The research topic may relate to any suitable aspect of Irish legal history, and selection will be made on the basis of academic merit, by a committee representing the Society and both Universities.

5. The award holder will be based in each University in alternate years, with year 1 in either Belfast or Dublin, and will be subject to the conduct regulations applicable to the University he/she is then enrolled at.  The tuition fee will be split equally between the two Universities.

6. The University at which the student first enrols (henceforth the enrolling University) will appoint the primary supervisor.  The student will be subject throughout to the PhD regulations and monitoring procedures of the enrolling University, the enrolling University will appoint examiners (one internal examiner will come from the second University) and the student will graduate from the enrolling University.

County Antrim Grand Jury Bursaries

(See Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)

The Edgar Graham Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was instituted in 1984 by the Faculty of Law in memory of Mr Edgar S. D. Graham, LLB, Barrister at Law.Mr Graham graduated from the Faculty in 1976 and was a lecturer in the Department of Public Law from 1979 until he was shot dead in December 1983.  The funds for the scholarship were subscribed as a result of a public appeal sponsored by the Faculty.

The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of the School of Law to graduands or graduates of the School for the purpose of postgraduate study at a university outside Northern Ireland.  Preference may be given to persons wishing to pursue research in an area of public law.  One or more scholarships may be awarded each year.  The scholarship is normally for one year, but may be renewed for up to a further two years.  It may be tenable with other awards, but shall not be awarded where this would have the effect of reducing an award or scholarship from a public authority.

Applications should be made to the Head of the School of Law before May 1.

Queen's University Management School

Sir William Crawford Scholarship

(See Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)

School of Creative Arts

Harty-Brennan Organ Scholarship

(See Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)

May Turtle Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1950 by Hugh Turtle, Esq., LLD.   The Scholarship is tenable by the following graduates of the Queen's University of Belfast: 

(a) Bachelors of Music,
(b) Bachelors of Arts who have taken Music as one of the subjects of their final examination and
(c) Bachelors of Science (Music Technology).  

It is to be used for the purpose of further study of Music at some place approved by the Head of the School of Music and Sonic Arts.

The scholarship will be tenable for one year but may be renewed for a second and for a third year.

The scholarship will normally be of the value of up to £1,000 per annum.   If the income from the fund permits, more than one scholarship may be awarded in any one year, and additional grants may be made if the Academic Council is satisfied that the acceptance of the scholarship has involved the holder in exceptional expense.

The scholarship will be awarded by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Music and Sonic Arts.

Revised April 2006

School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

The John Whyte Fund

This fund was established in 1991 in memory of John Whyte who was Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Irish Politics at Queen's University from 1966 to 1984, and Professor of Government and Irish Politics at University College, Dublin from 1984 to 1990.   Grants from the fund, which will be awarded annually, are intended to encourage students to cross the border to learn more about Irish politics, and as such will be available to graduates in politics from the Queen's University of Belfast or University College, Dublin, who wish to spend a period at the other institution undertaking research or postgraduate study in Irish politics.  Enquiries should be addressed to the Manager of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

Reviewed June 2006

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Lockheed Employees' Fund

A fund has been established as a result of a benefaction to the University by the employees of the Lockheed Overseas Corporation, USA, who worked in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.   Postgraduate students in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Social Work may claim grants to cover expenses connected with presenting papers at conferences.   The maximum grant from the fund to any one applicant shall not exceed £1,600 in any one year.

Applications for grants may be made at any time to the Head of the School of Sociology & Social Policy or Social Work.

Reviewed May 2006

Dr Diana R Jones Memorial Bursary

Diana R Jones was a graduate of QUB who died in August 2000.  A Trust was set up by her son Simon Jones and her friends, Elizabeth Martin, John Pinkerton and Kevin McCoy.  the Trust was wound up in 2011 and the income transferred to Queen's. 

Dr Diana Jones collaborated on a range of research undertaken in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University between 1995 and 2000.

The scholarship will be awarded for the dissertation which achieved the highest marks submitted by a Social Worker enrolled for post qualifying study within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and undertaking the Masters in Applied Social Studies course.

A bursary of £500 will be awarded in December each year.  In the event of no award being made the School should capitalise the income.  Any unspent income should be capitalised.  The award cannot be split between two or more students.

Changes of the regulations wil be at the discretion of the Head of School.

May 2011

The Patrick McCrystal Scholarship

The scholarship was set up in 2010 by Professor Mary Daly and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work as a tribute to the work and memory of Dr. Patrick McCrystal.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking a Masters programme in the School. Eligible programmes include: MA in Sociology, Masters of Social Research, Masters in Applied Social Studies.

All candidates applying for one of the above Masters will automatically be considered for eligibility. However, only those who can demonstrate hardship will be eligible. The deciding panel will include the Head of School. Professor Mary Daly and one Masters programme director from the School.  The decision will be based on evidence provided on hardship and general eligibility.   When this includes a reference this should be written by someone in a professional capacity who is in a position to comment on the candidate’s financial circumstances.  Please note that references from relatives, friends or family members will not be accepted. 

The sum of £15,000 will establish the scholarship.  It will be spent down annually over a period of 5 years. 

Candidates must demonstrate financial hardship and have at least a 2:1 in their under-graduate degree.  If there are no candidates that meet the minimum standard the judges have the right not to award the scholarship but they are permitted to award two scholarships in the succeeding year.

The award is open to full time and part time students. 

May 2011

Institute of Theology

Institute of Theology - Postgraduate Awards

In order to recognise academic excellence and encourage postgraduate research within the Institute of Theology, the Institute will award five postgraduate awards at taught Master’s level, subject to availability of funds.  These awards, each to the value of £4,000, will be open to both full-time and part-time students, and will be tenable for one year in the case of full-time students and be spread over two years in the case of part-time students.

The postgraduate awards will be given to students of the Institute of Theology at Queen’s University Belfast who have graduated with a primary degree in the year the award is being made and who are intending to take the Master of Theology.  They will be allocated strictly on the basis of the highest aggregate mark, as calculated when determining degree classification, rounded to one decimal place. 

On accepting an award, candidates who have been awarded the full-time scholarship, must register for the Master of Theology, full-time for one year. Candidates, who have been awarded the part-time scholarship, must register for the Master of Theology, part-time for two years.

Monies will be paid to the College in which the student is registered. Payment is subject to satisfactory progress.

A postgraduate scholarship will be awarded to a student once only.

Decisions will be made by the Management Board of the Institute of Theology in August of each year.  Awards will not be given on the basis of application.

Amended March 2010, February 2012

Institute of Professional Legal Studies

John P B Maxwell Scholarship Fund

Scholarships to be known as the John P.B. Maxwell Scholarships may be awarded each year to those students of the Institute who are Bar students and considered by the Benchers to be worthy of the award of such Scholarships. 

(i) The Scholarships shall be awarded to the four Bar students who achieve the highest aggregate marks in the formal examinations for those subjects required to be taken by Bar students in the Institute for that year.

(ii) The Scholarships shall be awarded in order of merit, with the Bar student achieving the highest aggregate marks taking the first Scholarship; the Bar student achieving the next highest aggregate mark the second Scholarship; and so on. 

(ii) The amount of the Scholarships shall (subject to Regulation 3 (iv) below) be such sum as represents approximately 50% (capped at £5000), 25% (capped at £2500), 15% (capped at £1500), and 10% (capped at £1000) respectively of the income of the Scholarship Fund in the year in question. Any excess income shall be automatically capitalized to maintain the value of the fund.

(iv) In the event of two or more students achieving the same aggregate marks, the Scholarships which would otherwise be awarded to those students shall be added together and the total amount divided equally between those students.

No person shall receive payment of a Scholarship until –

(a) he or she has been admitted by the Benchers to the degree of Barrister at Law in Northern Ireland; and

(b) has satisfied the Benchers that he or she intends to practice at the Bar of Northern Ireland for a period of 12 months immediately after being called to the Bar; and

(c) the Benchers have notified the University accordingly.

In the event that a Bar student who is awarded a Scholarship is unable to satisfy the terms of Regulation 4 that Scholarship shall (subject to Regulations 3 (iv) and 6) be awarded to the next eligible Bar student in order of merit. 

In the event that the Benchers consider that any Bar student eligible for the award of a Scholarship has not attained a sufficiently high standard to merit the award of a Scholarship, no award shall be made to that student. 

A Bar student awarded a Scholarship shall be eligible for any other prize awarded by the Benchers (including the Williamson and Fox Prizes), The Executive Council, or the Institute, but shall not be eligible for any other scholarship, prize or award awarded by the Benchers or the Executive Council, or by the Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland and intended to provide post-call financial support to those practising at the Bar of Northern Ireland.  The decision of the Benchers or the Executive Council as to whether any scholarship, prize or award is intended to provide such post-call financial support shall be final. 

Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 4, in the event that a Bar student who has been awarded a Scholarship is unable to enter upon practice at the Bar of Northern Ireland during the Michaelmas Term immediately following the completion of the year at the Institute during which he or she qualified for the award of a Scholarship, the Benchers may in their discretion (which shall be final) permit the award of that Scholarship to that Bar student upon such conditions as they may determine. 

The Benchers shall have the power from time to time to alter these Regulations, subject to the consent of John P.B. Maxwell during his lifetime.

November 2008