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University Scholarships and Awards made Available by Benefactors

A wide 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.  

Postgraduate Scholarships & 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
E-mail: academic-affairs@qub.ac.uk

Level 6
Administration Building
Queen's University Belfast
BT7 1NN

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 supervisory team and check their School web pages for details of any available School funding.

Student-Led Initiatives

Funding is available throughout the year for Student-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.

Student-Led Initiative Application & Guidelines

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

Candidates should submit their application to the Head of School in advance of the closing date to facilitate the completion of the recommendation section of the application form. 

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms, including the Head of School recommendation, has been extended to Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Completed application forms should be returned preferably by email to graduateschool@qub.ac.uk . 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.

Larmor University Studentships

These studentships were founded in 1943 under the will of Sir Joseph Larmor, FRS, for the purpose of augmenting the emoluments otherwise held by specially deserving students. They have since been supplemented from University funds and are therefore now called Larmor-University Awards.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must meet the following criteria:

(i) have obtained, not more than three years previously, a good honours degree from any institution; and
(ii) hold another award from the University or from some other source; and
(iii) be enrolled or intend to enrol at Queen's as a full-time or part-time postgraduate students for research on an approved course.

The value of the award will depend on the funds available, but will be such that, when added to the other awards held, the total does not exceed the value of a government-financed postgraduate studentship covering maintenance and full tuition fees. In recent years the Larmor University studentships awarded have been in the region of £2,000 - £3,000.  Subject to funds, it is expected that the award will be in the range of £2,500 to £5,000 for 2017-18.

To apply: please complete the Larmor University Application Form

Closing Date for receipt of completed application forms, including the Head of School recommendation, has been extended to Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Candidates should submit their completed application to the Head of School in advance of the closing date to facilitate the completion of the recommendation section of the application form by 31 May.  

Completed application forms should be returned preferably by email to graduateschool@qub.ac.uk . 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

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 of the University, and to support enterprising activities or ventures, outside the student's degree, which will demonstrate initiative and the ability to inspire or act as a role model for others. 

Applicants must be enrolled Queen’s students at the time of application.  

One award will be made up to the value of £1,500.  The winner of the award will also qualify for Degree Plus through Route A provided all conditions of the award have been met.  This will be verified by the Award Panel.

Further details and an application form may be downloaded from the web http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/AcademicAffairs/ScholarshipsandAwards/CurrentScholarshipOpportunities/HLA/

Applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Award Panel by Friday, 2 December 2016.  This is a very useful opportunity to receive feedback from the panel on your proposal and should assist applicants to complete the detailed application form to the required standard by the closing date of Friday, 24 February 2017

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 for at least eight weeks?

If so, you could be in line to receive a Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship, which will normally be awarded to one recipient only, and will be of at least £800 in value.

The selection panel will expect you to outline clearly what you hope to gain personally from your experience in North America, and how you intend to use this experience to benefit the wider community upon your return to Northern Ireland.

How to Apply

by e-mail request from aascholarships@qub.ac.uk
They must be typed or word-processed and returned to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk

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.  

 

Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship

 

The Scholarships are open to undergraduate or postgraduate students of Queen’s University intending to travel outside the British Isles 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.

 

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 obtained by emailing a request to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk or downloaded from the web: http://www.qub.ac.uk/dasa/AcademicAffairs/.

Completed applications forms should be submitted by email, via your Head of School, by the deadline to: aascholarships@qub.ac.uk.

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 the web http://www.qub.ac.uk/dasa/AcademicAffairs or obtained by emailing a request to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk.


Please note: Documentary evidence of service record will be required.

If you need to contact the Ministry of Defence, their website is shown below:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html

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 http://www.qub.ac.uk/dasa/AcademicAffairs/ or obtained by emailing a request to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk.

Completed application forms should be returned via your Head of School to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk

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 £200 may also be awarded for the best travel report.

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the web http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicStudentAffairs/AcademicAffairs/ScholarshipsandAwards/CurrentScholarshipOpportunities/WBMQ/ or obtained by emailing a request to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk.

Completed application forms should be returned to aascholarships@qub.ac.uk, via your Head of School.

Application forms must be typed or word processed.

Awards are subject to funding availability.

RADMA Postgraduate Student Project Support Funding

Please see the Funding page of RADMA website for application forms, terms and conditions, etc at http://www.radma.ltd.uk/funding-opportunities.

Please refer to “Research page” for details of recent awards at http://www.radma.ltd.uk/funded-research

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships

The Leverhulme Trust Board, through its Research Awards Advisory Committee, is offering approximately 20 Study Abroad Studentships for a period of advanced study or research (exclusions*) at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA and UK. Applicants who must hold a degree from a UK Institution need to have been resident in the UK for at least five years at time of application, and should be either currently a student, or have been registered as a student in the last eight years. The scheme offers basic maintenance costs of £21,000 per year, a dependant allowance, and travel costs. Studentships are awarded for between twelve and twenty-four months and must commence between 01 June 2017 and 01 May 2018.

*The following subject areas are excluded: studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

These studentships cannot be held at the same time as any other major award or a stipendiary post-doctoral position or fellowship.  UK registered PhD students who are in receipt of a PhD studentship which does not cover the cost of study abroad, may hold the Study Abroad Studentship provided that their existing UK studentship is in abeyance during their period overseas.

Candidates must apply via the Trust's online grant application system. The 2017 round opens on 05 September 2016. The closing date for applications is 09 January 2017 at 4pm. Candidates must be available for interview in London on 24 and 25 April 2017.

Further details of the 2017 scheme, terms and application procedure are available at https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/study-abroad-studentships