Faculty of Business and Law - International Law Studentship


Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England in Bristol invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in international law.

Proposed doctoral projects should be concerned specifically with the use of force and laws of war.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30 October 2022.

The start date of this studentship is Saturday 1 April 2023.

About the studentship

The College distinctiveness in research comes from its applied nature, and a focus on current issues for organisations and society. We have direct intention of helping to resolve pressing challenges, including improving organisational practices and behaviours and understanding systems and structures, whilst taking an inclusive approach.

Prospective student will be based in the School of Law – home to multidisciplinary research groups.

Doctoral students at the College benefit from comprehensive support from UWE Graduate School, including extensive development programme, research skills training and careers advice. Find out more about the Graduate School.


The studentship is available from 1 April 2023 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £16,062 per annum.

In addition, full-time home/international tuition fees will be covered for up to three years.

As part of the studentship, the prospective students will be expected to perform some teaching duties in their subject area, and deliver two hours of teaching-related tasks a week in the first and third year of studies, and four hours in the second year. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the studentship and there is no additional payment for it.


Applicants must have at least 2:1 degree in law or cognate discipline, and ideally Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%, UK grading scale or international equivalent).

A recognised English language qualification is required. IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent.

How to apply

  • Identify a research priority area and potential supervisor(s) on the College websites: 
    College Research Centres
    Bristol Law School
  • Prepare your research proposal (no more than five pages, all-inclusive; font size 11, 1.5-spacing, 2-inch margins). This should ideally happen in consultation with your potential supervisor. In the first instance you should contact a potential supervisor with an advanced draft of the proposal to confirm they are willing to support your application.
  • Submit formal application online. When prompted use the reference number 2223-APR-FBL01.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, degree certificates and transcripts and proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application.

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referees will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application. Please ensure that they are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 30 October 2022 at 18:00 (UK time).

Further Information

Interviews are likely to take place in early January. If you have not heard from us by Tuesday 20 December 2022, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

For an informal discussion about the studentships, please contact Director of Doctoral Research, Dr PaweĊ‚ Capik at pawel.capik@uwe.ac.uk.

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