Funding Opportunities

Students are encouraged to consult the main University pages on Fees and Funding.

For further information on the advice below, and in order to contact the Postgraduate Director, please email

General Information

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional & Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website.

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (for students from Commonwealth countries) the Department for International Development.

Faculty Postgraduate Scholarships (LLM and PhD)

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU, and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters degree, a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty

All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study at the Law School before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2019-20 academic year.

A variety of scholarships will be awarded up to the level of a fees bursary plus £15,000 maintenance.

Please read the relevant terms & conditions before applying:

2019 Faculty MA Scholarship terms and conditions

2019 Faculty 1+3 Scholarships terms and conditions

2019 Faculty Research Scholarships terms and conditions

Applications should be completed using the 2019 Faculty scholarship application form and be emailed to

PhD Studentships

Research Councils

Home / EU PhD applicants may be eligible to apply for Research Council funding through either the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Home students may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award.

Both research councils run annual competitions, with deadlines usually in the February of the year in which the applicant intends to commence their studies. You must already hold an offer from Lancaster in order to be eligible to apply to the Research Council. If you intend to apply for Research Council funding it is strongly recommended that you contact the Law School when applying to Lancaster; and in any event at least six weeks before the deadline for applying to the relevant Research Council. The Postgraduate Director and your prospective supervisor(s) will be able to provide valuable advice on the application process.

For more details on the ESRC competition:

For more details on the AHRC competition:

Law School Fully Funded PhD Projects

From time to time the Law School advertises PhD scholarships to undertake research on a specific topic. Projects will be announced here when available.

LLM Programme (All degrees)

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

A new postgraduate loan scheme has been introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year. Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research Master's students. For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.

Research Councils

It may be possible to apply for ESRC Funding on a 1 +3 basis (ie funding for a Masters degree followed by a PhD). If you are interested in applying for 1 +3 funding, please contact the Law School.

University Funding Opportunities

Applicants may be eligible for a range of University funding. Please see the main Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences web pages for more information.

Alumni of Lancaster University may be eligible for an Alumni Loyalty Scholarship if they stay at or return to Lancaster to study for a postgraduate taught degree. The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements.

William Charnley Prize

This prize of a £1,000 is awarded to the best 3rd year student at Lancaster University Law School, who goes on to undertake an LLM degree at Lancaster.

Andrew Coddington Award

This prize of £1,000 is awarded to the best 3rd year student graduating from Lancaster University Law School, who goes on to undertake the LLM in International Business & Corporate Law.