UK/EU Current Research Students


Funding and Scholarships

UK/EU Current Research Students

Currently enrolled postgraduates at Queen's may be able to get awards in some areas.

Please check individual eligibility criteria, and details, for each award by clicking on the links below.

University Scholarships and Awards made Available by Benefactors

A wide range of Postgraduate scholarships and awards have been made available at the University by benefactors. These have been provided for various purposes at University, Faculty and School level and, for ease of reference, have been listed here accordingly. Please note that the scope of each award may be dependent on when it was originally established and the University faculty/school structure in place at that time.  

Scholarships & Awards

Travel Scholarships are administered by the Academic Affairs department also. Should you have any queries regarding any of the advertised travel scholarships, please the department highlighted below:
Telephone: 028 9097 3002/5/6
Fax: 028 9097 5110

Level 6
Administration Building
Queen's University Belfast

School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools in Queen's may have studentships/bursaries available  outside the centrally allocated awards. Students should ensure that they ask their supervisory team and check their School web pages for details of any available School funding.

Postgraduate-Led Initiatives

Funding is available throughout the year for Postgraduate-Led Initiatives. This funding is allocated for training initiatives developed and delivered by postgraduate research students which benefit other research students.

The initiatives can involve organising a conference, research seminar or some other appropriate training activity. They encourage research students to develop their transferable skills through working independently and in teams on activities that benefit other research students. To apply for funding, students must complete an application form outlining the purpose and scope of the initiative and the funding required. The submission must be endorsed by the Head of School.

The application form and guidance notes are available below. Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

Click here for more information.

Sir Robert Hart Scholarship

Sir Robert Hart Scholarship

  • Are you a Queen’s Graduate?
  • Are you undertaking research or other advanced work of a literary, historical, legal, linguistic, anthropological or sociological nature?
  • Would you like an extra £650 (subject to funds)?

If you answered 'YES' to all 3 questions, you could be in line for a Sir Robert Hart Scholarship.

Preference will be given to applicants whose work is connected with the Far East.

The Scholarship is open to both full-time and part-time postgraduate students.  This Scholarship may be held with any other studentship or scholarship of the University.

To apply: 

Complete this Application Form. Note candidates are asked to provide details on the application form for two referees who may be contacted by the Graduate School.

Completed application forms to be emailed to the Graduate School (Postgraduate Awards) by 10 July 2019.

Completed application forms should be returned preferably by email to Postal applications should be returned by the specified closing date to:

The Graduate School (Postgraduate Awards)
Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Convocation Studentship

This Studentship was established in 2010 by Convocation, Queen's University Belfast to promote the involvement of Convocation in the University and to strengthen ties between the graduate body and Convocation. One studentship, tenable for one year, will be awarded to a maximum value of £2,000 and will normally be awarded annually to one student. The award is not automatically renewable however a student may reapply in consecutive years.

Applicants must be graduates of Queen's University Belfast and eligible to be members of Convocation. Applicants must also already be accepted to study for a postgraduate research qualification (PhD, MSc and MPhil) at Queen's University in any discipline.

The student is open to full-time postgraduate students only. The studentship can only be awarded to an applicant not already holding any other form of award for their postgraduate studies.

Applicants must hold a good honours degree (minimum standard 2.1 or above) and should complete an application form which can be found on the Convocation Studentship Page.

The deadline for 2016 applications was 5pm on 31 August.

Larmor University Studentships

These studentships were founded in 1943 under the will of Sir Joseph Larmor, FRS, for the purpose of augmenting the emoluments otherwise held by specially deserving students. They have since been supplemented from University funds and are therefore now called Larmor-University Awards.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must meet the following criteria:

(i) have obtained, not more than three years previously, a good honours degree from any institution; and
(ii) hold another awards/scholarship from the University or from some other funding source; and
(iii) be enrolled or intend to enrol at Queen's as a full-time or part-time postgraduate students for research on an approved course for 2019-20

The value of the award will depend on the funds available, but will be such that, when added to the other awards held, the total does not exceed the value of a government-financed postgraduate studentship covering maintenance and full tuition fees. In recent years the Larmor University studentships awarded have been in the region of £2,000 - £3,000.  Subject to funds, it is expected that the award will be in the range of £2,500 to £5,000.

To apply: please complete the Larmor University Application Form.

Candidates are asked to give the details of two referees who may be contacted regarding their application.

Completed application forms to be emailed to the Graduate School (FAO Postgraduate Awards) by deadline 17 July 2019

Candidates will be notified of outcomes by 09 August 2019.

The Graduate School (Postgraduate Awards)
Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

The Higginson Leadership Award

The Higginson Leadership Award was founded by a gift in 1954 from Wing-Commander John S Higginson, MA, CBE, OBE, who lived at Ballyward Lodge near Castlewellan in Co Down.  Wing-Commander Higginson was an RAF veteran of the Second World War, whose post-war activities became increasingly philanthropic in nature, focusing in particular on improving services and facilities for the youth of Northern Ireland. Wing-Commander Higginson died in November 2000, but the award has been re-launched by his nephew and heir Andrew Higginson OBE, who has assumed the role of Trustee. Andrew Higginson is Director of Higginson Associates Ltd, London-based Consultants in Conflict Resolution, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance.

The purpose of the award is to encourage a sense of social responsibility and inspirational leadership among students and alumni of the University, and to support stand alone activities or ventures, rather than extending the students own studies or participation in projects already established by others, which will demonstrate initiative and the ability to inspire or act as a role model for others. Preference will be given to projects or proposals involving developmental or humanitarian aid overseas, in a post-conflict environment.  

Applicants must be enrolled as Queen’s students at the application closing date.

Awards made are normally in the region of £3000.

Students who have received the Higginson Leadership Award in recent years have led teams on projects to build resource centres and help impoverished communities in Romania, Kenya, Bolivia, Thailand, Uganda and Mostar in many interesting and beneficial ways.

This award is normally advertised in November with a closing date for Stage 1 applications in January and Stage 2 applications in March.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the web or obtained by emailing a request to

Awards are subject to funding availability.

Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship

Are you a recent Queen's University Graduate?

Do you intend to travel to North America in connection with your programme of study?

If so, you could be in line to receive a Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship, which is an award in the region of £2,000.

For more information and application details email:

Click here for more information & to apply!

Closing date: 28 Feb, 4.00pm

University Travel Scholarships

Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship 
The Scholarships are open to postgraduate students who are enrolled as students for approved courses of study in this University and who intend to travel outside Ireland to undertake a period of research or further education. The award will include full or part payment of the travel and a contribution towards subsistence, up to a maximum award of £650. The Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship is tenable with any other award (other than a travelling scholarship or travel grant) of this or any other University.  

Closing dates:
For travel between November – March: October
For travel between April – October: January

Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship 
The Scholarships are open to undergraduate or postgraduate students of Queen’s University intending to travel outside Britain/Ireland in order to pursue cultural activities abroad. The award may include full or part payment of the travel and a contribution towards subsistence, up to a maximum award of £600.

Closing dates:
For travel between November – March: October
For travel between April – October: January

The First Trust Travel Scholarship 
The Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or postgraduate student who intends to travel outside the British Isles in order to extend his or her educational experience. The award will include full or part payment of the travel and a contribution towards subsistence, up to a maximum award of £650. The First Trust Travel Scholarship is not tenable with any other travel scholarship or travel grant.

Please Note: Only one First Trust award is available, so applicants are advised to apply for other awards for which they are eligible.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from:

Completed applications forms should be submitted by email, via your Head of School, by the deadline to:

Application forms must be typed or word-processed and submitted in electronic format.

Please Note: You can still apply for a travel scholarship even if you have not received confirmation that your abstract has been accepted.  Awards will only be paid on production of travel booking confirmation/receipts. Awards are subject to funding availability.



Ulster Gift Fund Scholarship

Are you, or your parents, serving in HM Forces or have you, or your parents, served in HM Forces?

Are you a Queen’s student, or have you been accepted to enrol on an undergraduate or postgraduate course?

If the answer to both these questions is ‘YES’, you could be in line to receive The Ulster Gift Fund Scholarship.  The Scholarship is offered annually and will be to the value of £400.

The Scholarship is open to both full-time and part-time students.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from:

This awarded usually closes in October each year.

Please note: Documentary evidence of service record will be required.

If you need to contact the Ministry of Defence, their website is shown below:

Awards are subject to funding availability.

Alan Graham Fund: Travel Scholarship

The Alan Graham Fund was established in 1985 by family, friends and colleagues to honour the memory of Alan Graham who, as an academic in the field of American Studies (1950-1978) and as Secretary to Academic Council (1978-1984), earned widespread respect and affection throughout the University.

The award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students who intend to pursue a period of study or research in North America.  Preference will be given to applicants whose study or research is in the field of American Studies.  The value of the Scholarship will be £800 (subject to available funds).

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the web or obtained by emailing a request to

Completed application forms should be returned via your Head of School to

This award usually closes in January each year.

Application forms must be typed or word-processed.

Awards are subject to funding availability.

William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarships

  • Are you a postgraduate student at Queen’s?
  • Have you plans to travel outside Ireland to further your studies?
  • Does your proposed trip demonstrate the principle ‘travel broadens the mind’ OR involve study of global environmental issues?

If the answer to the above questions is YES, you can apply for a William & Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship of up to £1,000. An additional prize of £300 may also be awarded for the best travel report.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the web or obtained by emailing a request to

Completed application forms should be returned to, via your Head of School.

Closing date: January each year.

Application forms must be typed or word processed.

Awards are subject to funding availability.

RADMA Postgraduate Student Project Support Funding

Please see the Funding page of RADMA website for application forms, terms and conditions, etc at

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships

The Leverhulme Trust Board, through its Research Awards Advisory Committee, is offering approximately 20 Study Abroad Studentships for a period of advanced study or research (exclusions*) at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA and UK. Applicants who must hold a degree from a UK Institution need to have been resident in the UK for at least five years at time of application, and should be either currently a student, or have been registered as a student in the last eight years. The scheme offers basic maintenance costs of £21,000 per year, a dependant allowance, and travel costs. Studentships are awarded for between twelve and twenty-four months and must commence between 01 June 2017 and 01 May 2018.

*The following subject areas are excluded: studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

These studentships cannot be held at the same time as any other major award or a stipendiary post-doctoral position or fellowship.  UK registered PhD students who are in receipt of a PhD studentship which does not cover the cost of study abroad, may hold the Study Abroad Studentship provided that their existing UK studentship is in abeyance during their period overseas.

Candidates must apply via the Trust's online grant application system. The 2017 round opens on 05 September 2016. The closing date for applications is 09 January 2017 at 4pm. Candidates must be available for interview in London on 24 and 25 April 2017.

Further details of the 2017 scheme, terms and application procedure are available at 

Flaherty Research Scholarship (Travel)

James M. Flaherty Program - Flaherty Research Scholarship

Deadline: 25 June 2018

Honoring the life and work of Canada’s former Minister for Finance, James M. Flaherty,  the objectives of this program are as follows;

  • To build on the network of academic links between Canada and Ireland, resulting in increased academic co-operation, greater inter-cultural understanding and the potential for increased trade between both countries,  
  • To support the development of excellence in research of individual scholars who have an expressed and demonstrable commitment to research in a field relating to both Canada & Ireland.

It is the aim of the Foundation to support preeminent scholars and academics who are leaders, or future leaders, in their academic or post-academic professional field, and to this end, awards are made on two levels:

If you are a PhD student or post-doctoral academic in the early stages of your research career, you may be eligible for the Flaherty Research Scholarship. This award supports a short research visit of four to six weeks, and is designed to help scholars make contacts with researchers working in related research topics, with a view to widening and deepening the scholar’s research horizons, ideally leading to continued collaboration in future research. 

Please click here for information relating to eligibility and assessment.

Applications must be submitted by Monday 25th of June 2018. For more information on the James M. Flaherty Program and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF), click here.        


Opportunities for Research Council funded Students

Research Council Policy Internships
The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.  Details are normally advertised at

Research Council Policy Internships 2019
Open call for applications from Research Council funded PhD students
Deadline 13 August 2018

RaISe (the Research and Information Service in the Northern Ireland Assembly) is working with UK Research and Innovation and parliamentary partners - the Houses of Parliament’s POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology), SPICe (the Scottish Parliament Information Centre) and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service – to publicise the open call for applications for the 2018 Research Council Policy Internships Scheme.  The call closes 13 August 2018.  Successful applicants will be hosted at one of the four parliaments/ assemblies. Interviews are likely to be held in London in October/November 2018. 

Click here for more information

International Placement Scheme
The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.  Details are normally advertised at

The International Placement Scheme 2018 is now closed.

Dr RWM Strain Masonic Charitable Trust Development and Innovation Bursaries

The Dr RWM Strain Masonic Charitable Trust Development and Innovation Bursaries will be awarded to up to five postgraduate students who are in financial need and/or who require financial support to participate in further high-quality, transdisciplinary training and development. Established in 2018, the Bursaries are named in honour of Dr Bill Strain, a Queen’s graduate and long serving physician at the Ulster Hospital.

The Bursaries are designed to financially support and motivate postgraduate students at Queen’s who are members of the Order of Freemasons of the Irish Constitution, or the spouse, child, relative or dependant of a member.

To be eligible for consideration an applicant must;

  • Be a registered postgraduate student for the 2018-19 academic year in September Be a member of the Order of Freemasons of the Irish Constitution, or the spouse, child, relative or dependant of a member. This will be verified by the Graduate School in conjunction with the Trustees of the Dr RWM Strain Masonic Charitable Trust. 
  • Provide a summary of their financial information which demonstrates that they are in financial need and/or require financial support to further their career ambitions by participating in innovation training and development activities through the Graduate School (e.g. CMI Level 7).  Students will be asked to provide this information during the application process.

For further details please refer to Guidance Notes.

To apply: please complete an online Application Form.

Subject to availability of funds, applications will be accepted from February to 30 June 2019. 

Dobbin Atlantic Scholarships – Travel to Canada

It is with great pleasure that we announce the call for applications for the 2018-19 Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme.

This programme is made possible through the generous continued support of the Dobbin family, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland). It is the objective of this programme to develop a new generation of academic, artistic, cultural and economic links between Atlantic Canada and Ireland. Scholarships will be awarded to Irish and Canadian applicants, in support of research trips between Ireland and the Atlantic provinces of Canada, with the awards supporting research visits for a period of three to five weeks. Applications must be submitted to ICUF by Wednesday 17th of October. For more information on the Programme and to find out how to apply, click here.

Successful research projects will explore areas such as;

  • our common culture, history and heritage
  • the potential of our shared resources
  • scientific and technological innovation

Terms & Conditions

  • Applicants must be permanent residents of Ireland/Northern Ireland and have been living there for at least three of the past five years.
  • All scholars awarded in 2018 must commence their research trip on or before 1st June 2019.
  • Travel expenses up to a total of €1,000* to be paid to scholars (on transfer of receipts to ICUF).
  • A weekly stipend of € 850* will be paid to scholars, to cover accommodation, and general living expenses.
  • Scholarships support research visits from 3 to 5 weeks in duration to one of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island)

If you would like to also receive updates specific to this or or any of our other scholarship programmes, please click hereTo unsubscribe, please click here.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Santander Mobility Awards (2018/19) - Travel

Queen’s University Belfast is proud to be a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network. As a member, Queen’s is committed to providing opportunities to students which will develop strong links with key institutions worldwide.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) is pleased to announce new awards up to £1,000 funded by Santander UK to support international travel and exchange. Open to all postgraduate research students in all AHSS Schools/Institutes. The funds are available for postgraduate research students who wish to travel to key University markets and/or work with strategic partners. Priority will be given to students wishing to visit institutions which are Santander Partner Universities.   For details of these partners click here and select the relevant country and University from the left-hand menu under “Santander Universities”. Previous recipients of Santander Mobility funding can apply again although preference may be given to students who have not yet benefited from this funding source.

The awards are primarily intended to support a postgraduate student during the academic year 2018/19 (including summer period). All funds should normally be committed or spent by 31 July 2019.

Application Process and Deadline
To download a Santander Mobility Award 2018/19 application form please click here . Please read the Guidance Notes  before proceeding with an application. Applicants are invited to apply by e-mailing their completed application form and CV as one document to their host School (see e-mail details below) by 5.00pm on Thursday 21 February 2019. Please use the following naming convention:

eg: Smith_Chris_AHSS_SantanderMobility

School E-mail Contact Details: HOST SCHOOL E-MAIL CONTACT



Arts, English and Literatures  

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics


Queen’s Management School

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Applications will be reviewed initially at School level and a ranked list will be forwarded to the AHSS Faculty for final consideration. Successful applicants will receive notification through the AHSS Faculty Office. Award-holders are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements and will be required to submit a report to the Faculty which should be e-mailed to Lynda Mahon on within one month from the end of the trip and should include details of the activities carried out and how the funds were spent. The report can be in the form of a written report, blog or video.