How To Apply

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for one of our DfE funded PhD projects, then you must contact the project supervisor before submitting an application. You may apply for more than one project at a time – please indicate on your application the topics in which you are interested (in order of preference in the ‘additional information’ section of the online form).

Queen’s uses an on-line application system. Full details of this can be found on the Applying to Queen's pages.

Please alert your potential referees to the fact that you are applying as once your application is submitted an automatic system generates an email to them requesting a reference.


Applicants will be interviewed by School's Postgraduate Research Selection Panel which will include their potential supervisor(s). You will also be asked to give a short (10 minute) presentation on a research related topic.

Following the interview applicants are contacted by the University with the outcome of the process. If successful you may be accepted for a place to study with funding. Alternatively you may be offered a place to study but without funding, in the current competitive environment we are unable to offer funding to all applicants.

Please note that, as the selection process occurs before you may have your final degree classification, any offers made at this stage are conditional on you achieving the required degree class.

Application Timeline for Funded Studentships

The closing date for applications for DfE studentships for 2018-19 is 5pm on 1st February 2018. Interviews are likely to take place in the week beginning 28th February 2018.