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Department for the Economy (DFE) Studentships

The DfE Studentships are funded by the Department for the Economy (DFE), formerly Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

The studentship may cover maintenance and fees for a maximum of three years.

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DfE Research Eligibility Guidance Notes.

Research Proposal

You are required to submit a research proposal as part of your application for a PhD.  In order to ensure that there is sufficient research expertise within the Faculty to supervise your project, it is recommended that you contact a member of academic staff to discuss your proposal. The academic can then advise if there is a potential supervisor available for this topic. 

For further information regarding this, please contact the following staff in the relevant School or Institute to initiate the discussion: 


School of Arts, English and Languages

Contact:Rosie McGookin, Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email: Tel: 028 9097 3152

 School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Contact:  Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email:  Tel: 028 9097 1362

School of Law

Contact: Heather Kinning, Research and Postgraduate Administrator,

Email:  Tel: 028 9097 3182

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Contact: Antoinette Keaney-Bell , Research Administrator, Tel: 028 9097 3729

Queen’s Management School

Contact: Stephen Armstrong, International MBA and Postgraduate Research Administrator,

Email  Tel. 028 9097 4038


The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice


Email: Tel: 028 9097 3888




How to apply

After you have made contact with an academic member of staff and a suitable research project has been identified, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.  Please insert the code DFE24/AHSS24 into the section regarding funding. 

The Deadline for new applicants and for currently registered students to make their schools aware that they wish to be considered for a DfE funded scholarship is 31 January 2024.