UK/EU Current Taught Students

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Funding and Scholarships

UK/EU Current Taught 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 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.  

Academic Affairs Sholarships & 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 programme co-ordinator and check their School web pages for details of any available School funding.

Student Support Fund and Hardship Fund

The Support Fund is used to provide discretionary financial help for students who get into financial difficulty during their course.  

Who can apply?
All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.  

All students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course.  The Support Fund is a discretionary fund and should not be viewed as a means to fund a course.  For details of the University's current payments options please refer to

Any eligible student who has a particular financial need can apply.  However, priority will be given to the following groups:

•    Mature students whose return to full-time study has resulted in financial hardship
•    Students with children (especially lone parents)
•    Students who are not eligible for childcare grants
•    Disabled students who are not in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
•    Undergraduate students receiving the final loan year rate and experiencing financial difficulties
•    Students from Care, from Foyers or who are homeless
•    Students from low-income families
•    Students incurring additional costs whilst caring for a disabled/ill relative
•    Students who wish to apply for funding towards the cost of a diagnostic assessment.  (Please contact Disability Services or Student Finance Office for an application form).

Hardship Fund
Students who are not eligible for Support Fund can apply to the University’s Hardship Fund.  

Who can apply?
The Hardship Fund is available to students who are not eligible for the Support Fund.  There is a smaller amount of money in the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.

Prior to Submission of Application
If you require any assistance completing your application form please contact:

Connie Craig – Advice Centre Manager, Financial Adviser, 2nd Floor Students’ Union,

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: please complete the Application Form by clicking here.

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.

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.

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

RADMA Postgraduate Student Project Support Funding

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

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)

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