PhD scholarships

The LJMU VC Studentship Scheme is currently closed. Please check back regularly for notification of the next call.

LJMU has a reputation for delivering pioneering research that is extending our knowledge and understanding across a diverse range of areas from neuroscience to engineering and public health to criminology. We strongly encourage multidisciplinary research and actively support collaboration with institutions across the world. 

When the next call is known, support will be available for full-time three-year studentships via the LJMU PhD scholarship scheme. Studentships will be available to applicants in all disciplines at the University where excellent research is being performed.

Research at LJMU

Research and scholarship are at the heart of everything we do at Liverpool John Moores University. Research is central to the student experience and informs the curriculum at all levels. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework demonstrated the world-leading quality of our research – every unit of assessment we submitted was rated as at least 45% internationally excellent or better.

LJMU ranks in the top half of the overall research league table, placed 61st, out of 128 universities which submitted more than one unit of assessment, in the proportion of research that is world-leading or internationally excellent.

Find out more about our research impact at LJMU.

We offer research students the opportunity to become part of a vibrant research community, which is delivering world-leading and internationally-excellent research right across the institution. Ranked in the top 25 English universities for PhD completion rates, we also offer expert supervision and excellent training and support via our dedicated Doctoral Academy.

PhD scholarships

Under the LJMU PhD scholarship scheme, fully-funded three-year PhD scholarships would comprise:

  • Annual fees fully paid
  • A contribution towards running costs (£1500 per annum)
  • Plus an annual stipend (around £15,285 per annum paid in monthly instalments for full-time study
  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy
  • Enhanced training and skills development from LJMU’s Researcher Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme)

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Scholarships

Further to the launch of the VC Studentships and in line with our commitment to widening participation LJMU is pleased to launch a PhD Scholarship programme to support postgraduate research degree of students from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities who are under-represented within LJMU academic and research careers. The scheme will offer full financial support and a skill development programme, designed to promote both academic and alternative-academic (alt-ac) careers.

LJMU promotes a ‘Respect Always’ culture and has a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment. The university has a thriving Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Student Group and all Schools have active equality, diversity and inclusion groups that work to create and promote an inclusive environment for students and staff from diverse backgrounds. Beginning to decolonise curricula and research practices as well as preparing a Race Equality Charter submission are both examples of the university’s commitment towards building a truly inclusive community.

The offer

Awards are normally tenable for three of a full-time PhD degree programme, subject to annual review and renewal.

  • fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK rate
  • a maintenance stipend (2021/22): around £15,285 per annum paid in monthly instalments for full-time study
  • additional research costs of up to £1500 per year for the stated duration of the programme
  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy
  • Enhanced training and skills development from LJMU’s Researcher Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme)

Eligibility requirements

The scholarships are open to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Permanently resident in the UK
  • Identify as from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority Group

Students interested in these scholarships should complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form above.

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