Scholarships and Student Funding

Alice Brown PhD Scholarships (Politics and International Relations)

The Alice Brown PhD Scholarships (PIR) are three 6-year, part-time, PhD scholarships offering a programme of advanced study, ongoing research, professional training and development. These awards are specific to three research areas: Political Theory, Politics or Comparative Politics, and International Relations. At least one award is intended for a candidate whose research combines Politics, Comparative Politics, and/or International Relations with Quantitative Methods.

Ensure you visit the Important Information and Recommendations section before you apply. We recommend you also read the self-assessment page, which provides helpful information about the factors that help make a successful application.

Please review the full webpage for details. All applicants must be able to study on a part-time programme


Applications are welcome for PhD projects in the following broad areas:

Prospective candidates are encourage to explore the range of expertise and research and teaching strengths across the School.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the PhD Politics programme, and the following would be desirable:

  • a first class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • or, a taught Master's degree at distinction level (or equivalent)

Conditional offers can be made to applicants currently enrolled on a degree programme on the basis of anticipated results. If you are in receipt of a conditional offer (including conditional on English language), you are still eligible to apply for the Alice Brown PhD Scholarship (PIR). Should you receive an award, but not meet the conditions of your offer, you would not be able to take up the award.

As comprehensive research training is integrated in the programme of this PhD, there will be no automatic preference given to those holding MSc qualifications covering research training.

Current PhD students and part-time study

Year 1 or 2 part-time PhD students already at the School of Social and Political Science may apply and funding would be provided to the completion of the 6-year part-time programme.

Year 1 full-time students may also apply if they convert to part-time study on award of the scholarship.

Important: International/non-UK students

Due to constraints on part-time study for non-UK students on some visa types, this award is only open to:

  • nationals of the UK
  • those with no immigration restriction to part-time study

Your submission infers your confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria for part-time study. Please check any relevant immigration regulations that may apply to you before submitting your application. All visa/immigration queries must be sent to our Student Immigration Service. The PGR Support Team is unable to answer visa/immigration queries.


Applications should be emailed to by the scholarship closing date of 23.59 BST on Monday 23rd May.