Academic & Student Affairs

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Dunville Studentships

These studentships were established in 1873 out of the income of the Sorella Trust founded by William Dunville in memory of his sister, Miss Sara Dunville.   In 1985 a major review of the Trust was undertaken and the original prestige of the studentships was restored.

Two awards will be allocated each year, one in Engineering, Physical and Applied Sciences and one in Biological Sciences   A list of subject areas appropriate to each award is available from the Schools of Mathematics and Physics and Biological Sciences and the awards will be administered through these Schools.   Candidates must be students of three or more years' standing in Queens and intend to pursue research in one or other of the subject areas specified.

Only persons holding a first class honours degree (or equivalent) in science or engineering are eligible to apply.   Normally a MSci or MEng is expected (Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences only) but where this is unavailable for a particular course of study, a BSc is acceptable.

The studentships are tenable for up to three years, part of which period may, subject to the permission of Academic Council, be spent away from the University.   Their value will be up to £2,500 per annum approximately or such value as will not have the effect of reducing the value of any other award held by the recipient.      

Awards are made by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Board of Electors consisting of the Head of School or nominee (Chairman) from the School which the awards are based and two Heads of School or nominees from the subject areas.  Additional expert assessors may be invited at the discretion of the Chairman.  Where a studentship is vacated by resignation before the completion of two years an award may be made in the same group of subjects but such an award is tenable only for the unexpired period of the vacated studentship.

Intending applicants should complete an application form, which includes a report from the potential supervisor and from the Director of Education (or nominee) from the subject area in which the student obtained their degree.   Application forms are available from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Office (deaneps@qub.ac.uk) and the School of Biological Sciences Office (sobb.office@qub.ac.uk).  Completed applications should be lodged with the relevant Office by June 30.

Revised March 2010 (Previously revised December 2007)

Musgrave Research Studentships

(See under Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences)

J H Stirling Studentship

This studentship was founded in 1933 under the will of J. H. Stirling, Honorary Treasurer of the University from 1922 to 1928.

The value of the studentship is £350, and it is tenable for one year for full-time or part-time study.

Preference will be given to a graduate in Chemical Engineering but, if no graduate in this subject qualifies for the award, it will be available for graduates in other subjects of the Faculties of Science and Agriculture or Engineering.

Holders of this studentship must pursue a course of study or research to the satisfaction of the professors or lecturers concerned, and must furnish such evidence of their progress as the Academic Council may from time to time require.

Professor John Glover Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was set up in 2011 by the John Glover Memorial Fund in recognition of the role Queen's University Belfast played in the education of John Glover in the early 1940s.

John Glover graduated from Queen's University in the early 1940s with an MSc in physical chemistry.  After the war, John was awarded a Musgrave Scholarship by Queen's.  Subsequently, he undertook a PhD at Liverpool University of vitamin A because of his wish to combine his chemistry background with biology.  He went on to be Head of Department and Pro Vice Chancellor at Liverpool.  His wife, Dr Glover worked at ICI/Astra Zeneca on anti-parasite drugs before undertaking a PhD at Liverpool on vitamin D. 

the scholarship will be awarded to the best applicant for either of the following two PhD projects, both based in the Molecular Biosciences Research Cluster and selected by the Glover Family Trust based on scientific interest:

-     What is the role of NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductases?
-     Validating drug targets in parasites

The best student will be selected by a process of short-listing based on academic achievement and an interview.  The interview panel will comprise one Director of Research, the Chair of the School Postgraduate Research Committee and two other senior staff drawn from the research cluster.  The decision will be based on the record of academic achievement, appropriate experience and performance at interview.  Information on the final decision and a copy of the awardees's CV will be provided to Dr Glover.

The scholarship will initially run from 01 October 2011 to 30 September 2014.

A copy of the final thesis will be provided by Dr Glover.

Candidates must have or be predicted to achieve at lease a 2:1 Honors degree in biological science.  If there are no candidates that meet the minimum standard the selection panel have the right not to award the studentship and can re-advertise until the applicant(s) with appropriate academic achievement apply.  Where multiple qualified candidates apply, they will be ranked soley on academic achievement to date and up to 5 will be shortlisted for interview.  The award is for full time postgradute students only. 

The £51,000 donation will cover the student fees (£3,300/year) and the student maintenance grant (£13,000/year) for each of the three year PhD programme.  The remaining money (£2,100) will be used to offest research costs and/or for student travel to scientific conferences to present research findings generated during the project.

The award-holder is expected to submit a copy of the final thesis to the Benefactor, via the Director of Research, at the conclusion of the postgraduate training programme.

May 2011

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Andrews Studentship

This studentship was founded in 1881 in memory of Thomas Andrews, Vice-President and Professor of Chemistry in Queen's College, Belfast, from 1846 to 1879.

The award is made by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Research Awards Committee of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for the carrying out of research in Physical Chemistry interpreted in the widest sense.

This studentship, the annual value of which shall be not more that the current postgraduate maintenance grant, is for one year and may be renewed for a second and third year, subject to a satisfactory report from the supervisor(s) on progress and to the continued availability of funds.

The award is tenable at the Queen's University Belfast, for full-time or part-time study, for up to three years, renewable annually.  It is open to graduates of not more than three years standing.  No other scholarship, studentship, or full-time assistantship or demonstratorship may be held concurrently except by permission of the Academic Council.

Revised November 2003

The Doris Arbuthnot Research Awards

The Doris Arbuthnot Research Awards may be made from the Arbuthnot Fund which was founded in 1961 as a result of a bequest to the University by Miss Doris M. H. Arbuthnot, sister of Mr Kenneth C. G. Arbuthnot, BA BSc.  The awards are for research in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Awards will normally be in the form of studentships to support postgraduate research in analytical, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry.   Depending on the funds available, these may be full or partial studentships i.e. they may cover tuition fees, subsistence, or both.   Awards may be made for up to three years (or the part-time equivalent) and will be renewable annually, subject to a satisfactory report from the supervisor(s) on progress and to the continued availability of funds.   In exceptional circumstances and where there are no suitable candidates for a research studentship, smaller awards may be made for other purposes associated with research in analytical, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry, including research fellowships, research studentships, travelling scholarships, grants for research equipment, grants for the provision of research or technical assistance, or grants to meet other expenses incurred in connection with the prosecution of research on a full-time or part-time basis.

Applications for further particulars of these awards should be made to the Director of Research in the School Chemistry & Chemical Engineering naming the branch of chemistry in which the applicant proposes to do research.

Asquith Memorial Fund

This fund was founded in 1982 in memory of Raymond S. Asquith, who held the Chair of Industrial Chemistry from its establishment in 1971 until his sudden death in August 1980.  The initial capital sum was donated by friends and colleagues of Professor Asquith and by organisations with which he had been associated professionally.

The maximum annual value of an award from the fund will be £900 and a proportion of the total annual income shall be re-invested to maintain the real value of the award.

Awards will be made to support projects associated with research in the field of industrial chemistry.  Candidates should be research students or suitably qualified research workers.  Preference normally will be given to a candidate who intends to work in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at this University.

Awards will be made on the recommendation of the Head of School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.   Applications should be made to the School and normally should be submitted before June 1.

November 2006

Lett's Chemical Research Studentship 

This studentship, the annual value of which shall be not more than the current postgraduate maintenance grant, is for one year and may be renewed for a second and third year subject to a satisfactory report from the supervisor(s) on progress and to the continued availability of funds.   It was founded in 1934 under the will of A. E. Letts, Professor of Chemistry in Queen's College, Belfast, and The Queen's University of Belfast, from 1879 to 1917.

(a) It is open to science and engineering graduates of not more than four year's standing and is awarded for work in Chemistry, which, in the opinion of the Research Awards Committee of the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, is of sufficient merit to indicate the ability of the student to carry on chemical research.

(b) During the tenure of the studentship the successful candidate will be required to pursue research work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

(c) One or more studentships may be awarded annually.

(d) The studentship is awarded by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Research Awards Committee of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The T G Christie Award

Originally this award of £1,000, was founded in 2002 under the Will of Miss Emma Magowan Christie by her cousin Mr Hill Hamilton Christie.   It is in the memory of Mr T G Christie, formerly Chief Engineer and General Manager of Northern Ireland Electricity Board.

The purpose of this award is to encourage the best students to pursue postgraduate research in some aspect of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  A maximum of two awards of £750 each will be given by the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to the two most promising students (defined by the School as the student graduating with the highest marks in the BEng or MEng degrees in the opinion of the Board of Examiners), who enrols for research in the School.    The School may not offer the award in any year where there is no suitable candidate, or may make one award of £1,000 in the event that there is only one suitable candidate.

Amended: August 2006, November 2011

School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

The 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize

The 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize was set up in 2006 by the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.  The Award was created following the success of the Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers’ Annual International Conference in January 2002.

The Prize will be awarded annually to student(s) registered for a higher degree within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology.  The purpose of the prize is to assist a student or students with a fieldwork project.  Preference may be given to a cultural environment and/or international project.

The awarding committee will include the Head of School (or their nominee), at least two Directors of Research and the Postgraduate Coordinator.

The total money awarded annually will initially be a maximum of £1,000 *

The Scholarship may be awarded in conjunction with any other prize, or award or studentship.  A student may not normally be awarded the prize more than once during the student’s postgraduate registration.

Procedure:

The regulations, details for the prize and an application form can be obtained from the School Manager in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology from November onwards.  The deadline for receipt of applications is the first Friday in February.

Applications should be typed and need to include the following:

  • Student's name, address and student number
  • Name of Supervisor
  • A brief explanation about the nature of the project (preference may be given to cultural environment and/or international research projects)
  • A plan to include how the prize money will be spent
  • Details of any other funding/awards
  • A signed endorsement from the Supervisor.

In the event of a tie the prize will be divided.

* The total scholarship money awarded each year will be a maximum of £1,000.  Any remaining sum in the income balance will be re-invested annually to maintain the value of the prize.  The value of the award and the regulations will be reassessed by the Head of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology every 3 years.

Hugh Wisnom Scholarship

(See School of Biological Sciences)

Kerr Masters Program Scholarship

The Masters Program Scholarship, of a value of £500, will be awarded to the Masters student (full-time) entering an Archaeology/Palaeoecology-based Masters Program who, in the judgement of the Kerr Bequest Committee, has achieved the highest degree results in their final undergraduate degree program, preceding entry to Masters program.

If there are two eligible students, that cannot be differentiated, then the Scholarship will be divided equally between the two.

February 2010 (amended; May 2009 - new)

School of Mathematics and Physics

Dunville Studentships

(See above)

Purser Studentship

This studentship was founded in 1904 by Professor Frederick Purser in memory of John Purser, Professor of Mathematics in Queen's College, Belfast, from 1863 to 1901, and Registrar from 1878 to 1901.

The studentship will normally be awarded to a graduate of another University, with the aim of attracting high-calibre candidates.  The holder(s) will be expected to hold a 1st class MSci, MMath or equivalent, and the award will be made to the candidate(s) judged most likely to enhance the standing of the area in which they will study. 

The holder(s) shall be required during the tenure of the studentship to pursue, to the satisfaction of the professor or lecturers concerned, a course of postgraduate research in pure or applied mathematics.

Any holder must be a full-time student; and the payment of each instalment shall be subject to the report of the professors or lecturers under whose direction the student is working.

The studentship is normally tenable for three years.

The value of the award, which shall normally be £1,000 per annum, shall be determined by the Academic Council.  It may be tenable with any other award provided that the combined value of the two awards shall not have the effect of reducing an award from a public authority.  More than one award may be made annually if funds are available.

If no suitable candidate is available, no award will be made and the funds will be reinvested to increase the value of the fund.

February 2009

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Kathleen and Robert Stock Trust Fund

This fund was founded in 2010 in memory of Robert C Stock, who was a Senior Research Officer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering between 1972 and 2003 and who died in May 2009.  In his will, Mr Stock listed Queen’s University as sole beneficiary and the initial capital sum was bequeathed to establish a Trust towards the cost of funding two students each year in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 
   
Two scholarships will be awarded annually, one to a student from Ireland (all 32 counties) and one to a student from the mainland of China (students from Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia or other areas of the world where peoples of Chinese extraction reside shall not be considered). 

The two scholarships will be awarded annually to students meeting the residence requirements who are undertaking a full-time Mechanical Engineering based postgraduate taught or research degree (ranked in order of preference) within the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and have achieved the highest degree results in their undergraduate degree program preceding entry. 

The international scholarship is valued at £10,000 and the Home/EU scholarship is valued at £3,500.  The scholarships will be awarded for their first year of study only.

All applicants for these scholarships must have a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in engineering and applications will automatically be considered on the basis of the information supplied for university admission. 

Awards will be made by the Head of School on the recommendation of the selection panel.

If no suitable candidate qualifies for this award, no award will be made and the funds will be reinvested to increase the value of the fund.
   
Changes to the Regulations will be at the discretion of the Head of School with the approval of Scholarships and Awards Group and Awards and Endowments Working Group. 

February 2012

School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

The Gregg Doran Scholarship

Gregg Doran received the degrees of BSc., MSc., and PhD from Queen's University, Belfast.   He founded his consulting practice in 1953, which expanded to become one of the largest engineering consulting firms in Northern Ireland.   He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in 1981.   On his retirement from Dr I G Doran and Partners, he was made an Honorary Professor in the School of the Built Environment at Queen's and continued to contribute significantly to research and teaching until his death in 2006.  A fund was set up in 2007 by the widow of Isaac Gregg Doran to commemorate his memory.

A scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded annually to the civil engineering student with the highest marks at final year examination, who intends to continue to a PhD in civil engineering at Queen’s.   In the event of a tie preference would be given to a student intending to study Geotechnical Engineering.  The award may not be split between two or more students.

Amended May 2012

The Gordon Millington Scholarship

The scholarship was set up in 2007 by Dr Gordon Stopford Millington OBE as a tribute to the work of the Irish Academy of Engineering.  Gordon Millington graduated from Queen’s University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.   He was a senior partner in Kirk, McClure and Morton and received a Doctor of Science Honorary Degree from the University in 2001.   During his working life he was involved with the structural design of the Waterfront Hall, the Ashby Building at Queen’s and the restoration of the Grand Opera House.  The scholarship will be awarded to the best civil engineering student with the highest undergraduate marks at examination entering one of the following MSc/PgDip courses:

  • MSc – Durability of the Structures
  • MSc in Sustainable Practices

All applicants entering the MSc programmes will automatically be considered by the School for the award through the entry system.   The judging panel will include the Head of School and two course directors from the School.   The decision will be based on the record of academic achievement.   Applicants must have at least a 2:1.  

If there are no applicants 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.

In the event of there being no suitable applicants of sufficient merit the award may be offered to the best civil engineering student entering the MBA in Construction and Project Management.   The award is open to full time and part time students.

This is an annual award and will be in the region of £1,500, made payable at the end of the first semester.   In the event of a tie the applicants will be invited to interview for a final decision.   The award may not be split between two or more candidates.

The award holder is expected to submit a short report (circa 500 words) to the benefactor, via the Head of School, at the conclusion of the course.

The Head of School, on the recommendation of the judging panel, will make the award and write to the successful applicant, the benefactor and the Head of Alumni Relations.

The Scholarships will be advertised annually and will initially run from 2007 to 2012 and will then be reviewed by the benefactor.

The Donor has topped up the fund and agreed to continue the award for the time being.

November 2007, May 2013

The W A Hill Civil Engineering Travel Fund

The fund was set up in 2007 by the son, daughter and grandson of William Allan Hill to commemorate his memory.

William Allan Hill graduated from Queen’s University in 1925 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and in 1934 with an MSc.   His career as a Civil Engineer began with the London Midland & Scottish Railway first in Belfast, then London, and continued with the Belfast & County Down Railway and the Ulster Transport Authority before his retirement in 1968.   He retained his interest in all aspects of civil engineering until his death in 2007 at the age of 102.

The fund is established to provide bursaries to facilitate travel and/or attendance at conferences in the field of structural engineering.   Preference will be given to bridge engineering.   Conferences may be interpreted to include visits to gain technical experience.

Bursaries can be awarded to anyone in the civil engineering department including undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.   A recipient should not receive more than one bursary in any three year period.

Applications in writing should be made to the Head of School to include name, contact details, description of the conference and a statement demonstrating how the conference will benefit the recipient and civil engineering at Queen’s.

A short summary of approximately 500 words describing how the bursary has been used is to be submitted to the donors, via the Head of School, within three calendar months of return from travel.

The maximum bursary available is £800.   The Head of School will review the value of the bursary every three years.

February 2008

Wolfson Fund

In 1980 a fund was set up from external funds generated by the Wavepower Research Group, initially funded through the Wolfson Foundation.   The income from this fund will provide scholarships for research students and may also be used to support research projects in Civil Engineering.   Students applying to research programmes in the Environmental Engineering Research Centre will automatically be considered and awards will be offered at the discretion of the Centre Director or Head of School.   Candidates researching in the field of wavepower and marine renewability will be given preference.

March 2009