Number of scholarships to award
- tuition fee reduction
Kent Law School (KLS) is one of the UK’s leading law schools. It was the 2nd ranked UK Law School in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with a scholarly environment judged as supporting world-leading research. Law at Kent is ranked in the Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and in The Times Good University Guide 2022, and in the Top 10 for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2022. Their work draws upon doctrinal and interdisciplinary methodologies, diverse critical, contextual and socio-legal approaches, and a range of theoretical perspectives from the humanities and social sciences in order to contribute to a broad range of legal sub-disciplines.
Applicants to the Law PhD programme are required to discuss their proposed doctoral project with potential supervisors before submitting a formal application. Applications must specify at least one potential supervisor who has agreed, in principle, to supervise the doctoral project. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors by email well before the deadline for applications. The email should include their CV, a draft proposal, and an explanation of their motivations for PhD study and reasons for approaching the particular member of staff.
The scholarship covers course fees (at either the Home or EU/International rate) and will provide an annual stipend at the UK research council rate (£17,668 for 2022/23). The stipend is for 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual progress.
The students awarded the scholarship are expected to start their PhD in September 2023. Registration must be full-time. The scholarship is offered as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. As a GTA, students will have the opportunity to develop their teaching experience and skills through teaching on an undergraduate law module, at the direction of the Head of School.
- Kent Law School (KLS) is pleased to offer the Next Generation Doctoral Research Scholarship, part of the Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice Next Generation Scholarship fund, through which a number of scholarships will be awarded to postgraduate research applicants across the Division.
- The Kent Law School (KLS) Next Generation Doctoral Scholarships will be awarded to candidates with research proposals of the highest quality. These Scholarships are designed to support research that aims to transform our understanding of law, in order to reshape its future relevance and build better legal answers to pressing questions about the theoretical, social, environmental, political, economic, or technological challenges that define our times.
- One of these challenges is to support more students from under-represented backgrounds to undertake doctoral degrees and enter legal academia. Currently, in the Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice – of which KLS is a part – UK Black and other minority ethnic postgraduate research students are particularly under-represented. Accordingly, when we have applications of equal merit, we will prioritise UK-based candidates of Black and other minority ethnic heritage (to include mixed heritage). This is a positive action measure under s. 158 of the Equality Act 2010.
Study experience required
Applicants must ensure that they do all of the following by the Scholarship deadline:
- Submit an online application for admission to the PhD in Law and provide all relevant supporting documents.
- As part of the application, submit a clear and succinct research proposal (usually around 2000-2500 words), and a personal statement explaining the reasons for wishing to undertake the research degree (the ‘Reasons for Study’). Click here for the Kent Law School Informal Guide to Putting Together a Research Proposal.
- Complete the KLS Next Generation Doctoral Scholarship form, and email this by the Scholarship deadline.