UK/EU Prospective Taught Students

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Funding and Scholarships

UK/EU Prospective Taught Students

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

You must apply for a place to be eligible to apply for funding.

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School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools in Queen's may have studentships / bursaries available outside the centrally allocated awards.   Applicants should ensure that they check the School websites for details of available School funding.

North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

The aim of this scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction. 

Each year, Universities Ireland offers four scholarships, each worth €15,000, to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Master’s Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university in the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied.

The closing date for receipt of applications is normally early May.  For further details please visit Universities Ireland website for further details, application form and applicant guidance notes:

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. 


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP)

Queen’s University is delighted to announce its new Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for Social Sciences funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).   The new NINE DTP is an exciting collaboration with seven partner institutions - Queen’s University Belfast, University of Newcastle, Durham University, Ulster University, University of Northumbria, University of Sunderland and Teesside University. We are offering over fifty fully-funded studentships per year to outstanding postgraduate researchers in the social sciences.

The ESRC NINE DTP runs a single, combined annual studentship competition to recruit and select Postgraduate students of the very highest calibre.  NINE DTP operates an open competition for the awarding of studentships which is centred on the quality of candidates and their proposed research.

Types of studentship available include:

  • +3 years for students who have completed a masters
  • 1+3 years for students who have not yet completed a masters
  • +3.5 years for students who have completed a masters but lack the required core research methods training

Before you apply please ensure you read the applicant guidance notes.  The deadline for submitting an application and supporting documentation for NINE DTP's studentship competition for students wishing to start in October 2017 is 5pm on Monday 16 January 2017.

For full details of the studentship completion, including key contacts and application process, please refer to the NINE Doctoral Training Programme page.

Details regarding other Queen's Doctoral Training Centres click here.

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.

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.