School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics


Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Details of all the School funding can be found on this page.  Be sure to revisit this page frequently and check the site news items throughout the year as funding becomes available.  

Postgraduate Research funding

You can contact the Research and PostgraduateTeam ( for programme and funding enquiries.

The Director of Graduate Studies is Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh

Research and Postgraduate Administrator Teresa Cotton +44 (0)28 9097 1362 
Clerical Officer, Research and Postgraduate (History and Anthropology)
Tricia Lock +44 (0) 28 90973423 
Clerical Officer, Research and Postgraduate (Politics, International Studies and Philosophy)
Paul Lappin +44 (0) 28 90975111
Clerical Officer, Research and Postgraduate (Monday, Tuesday 8am - 4pm and Wednesday 8am - 12.30pm)
Jade Hutchinson +44 (0) 28 9097 3700
Postgraduate Research Academic Contacts
Anthropological Studies (Doctor of Philosophy) Dr Maruska Svasek
History (Doctor of Philosophy) Prof. Mary O'Dowd
Cognition and Culture (Doctor of Philosophy)
Dr Paulo Sousa
Irish Studies (Doctor of Philosophy) Prof. Peter Gray 
International Studies (Doctor of Philosophy) Dr Heather Johnson 
Philosophy (Doctor of Philosophy) Dr Tom Walker 
Politics (Doctor of Philosophy) Dr Heather Johnson

Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality


The Centre brings together researchers from across the University to investigate the relationship between two of the most significant challenges facing the world today: tacking increasing inequality and managing systemic risks. In addressing these challenges our primary focus is on questions concerning finance, the environment, and health.

We have a strong interdisciplinary orientation with members drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including politics, philosophy, law, sociology, nursing and midwifery, public health, engineering, planning, biological sciences, and management. This breadth of expertise, interdisciplinary focus, and a strong commitment to using research to have a sustained impact on society, all make the Centre an excellent place to study for a PhD.


These studentships are full-time and run for three years, beginning in September 2017. All fees are paid and there is also an annual maintenance grant. Successful candidates may also have opportunities to undertake some paid teaching.

The closing date for Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality applications is Monday 16 January 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.

AHRC Northern Bridge Studentships

If you are interested in applying for a studentship in the Arts and Humanities, please complete the application process in line with the AHRC's Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership's studentship competition.

The closing date for Northern Bridge applications is Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.


49 studentships are available and they will be allocated to outstanding students undertaking PhD study across the broad range of disciplines within the Faculty.

The closing date for DfE applications is Friday 17 February 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.


This ESRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) focuses on the provision of exceptional postgraduate social sciences training.

The closing date for NINE applications is Monday 16 January 2017 at 5pm.

More information is given here.

Leverhulme (LINCS) PhD Scholarship Opportunities

The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) at Queen’s University Belfast has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science.

LINCS brings together the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to develop a distinctive cohort of doctoral students working across the boundaries of their disciplines who will open up new avenues of enquiry centred initially on the priority themes and specific PhD projects.

More information is given here.


Note that these commence in early 2017


Three fully-funded research studentships are available which reflect the Centre’s commitment to tackling key social problems in West Belfast. The studentships will begin in January or February 2017 and will run on a full-time basis for three years.

The closing date for CESI applications is Friday 16 December 2016 at 4pm.

More information is given here.