Could you apply for a VC PhD Studentship?



Submissions are now open for the PhD VC Studentship scheme 2023/24

The studentships are open to exceptional and motivated UK or international individuals who meet the relevant academic requirements to study part time or full time in Liverpool. 

The scheme will also offer full financial support and a skill development programme, designed to promote both academic and alternative-academic (alt-ac) careers. 

PhD VC Studentship: Jack Fitzpatrick 

Last year, PhD student Jack Fitzpatrick was awarded a VC PhD Studentship in Education with his thesis: Modern Policing in the 21st Century: Time for Inclusive Cultural Shift. 

Over the past year Jack has worked with Merseyside Police, visited New Scotland Yard Metropolitan Police HQ and the Ministry of Defence to speak with them about Neurodiversity, (even getting a photo, on the step, at 10 Downing Street) and recently visited Washington DC to present to the FBI Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  

When asked why others should apply for a VC PhD Studentship, Jack said: 

"When I was younger, I was diagnosed with Autism and Dyspraxia and people thought that I could be taught to read and write but never take a formal exam. With the right support from Learning Support Assistance, family and friends and Education establishments I have been able to overcome my challenges and I am now studying a PhD at LJMU! 

“The University has been really supportive and I would encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for the VC Scholarship, as anyone who has a passion or a particular area of research that they'd like to focus on, can apply. Over the past few months, I've learnt so much and my research has led me to people and places I'd never have imagined." 

How to apply for a PhD VC Studentship? 

The Vice-Chancellor and the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee are inviting applications from exceptional students with high quality project plans to apply from across LJMU’s five faculties. 

You can find out more about eligibility, the review process and how to apply here.  

The closing date for applications is Monday 31 July.  

UK student from an ethnic minority background 

In addition to and in line with our commitment to widening participation, LJMU also supports postgraduate research degrees for students from ethnically diverse communities who are under-represented within LJMU academic and research careers. 

Find out more on the VC Studentships 2023/24 webpage. 



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