University of Essex Scholarships for Legal Studies

Giulia Mereu Scholarship

The Giulia Mereu Scholarship is awarded annually to a student applying for LLM in International Human Rights Law or LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex.

This scholarship has been established by the family and friends of Giulia Mereu who lost her life at age 26, in 1996, while monitoring human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia. She had been an Intern with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and was serving as a Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium when the tragedy occurred.

The aim of the scholarship is to enable those who might otherwise not be able to study the discipline of human rights to do so and to ensure that Giulia Mereu’s ideals live on.

This scholarship, instituted in 1997, covers the equivalent of home/EU tuition fees for the academic year as well as a modest allowance to enable the recipient to undertake a one-month internship with a human rights organisation.

You must hold an offer of a place on the LLM in International Human Rights or LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to apply. Application details will be made available after an offer has been made. .

Tinson Scholarships

The highly contested Tinson Fund is available for students from the former Soviet Bloc who are interested in studying postgraduate taught law.  This fund is for fees only not living expenses. You should send a letter (approximately 500-800 words) in support of your application explaining your reasons for applying for the scholarship to:

Hayley Milburn, School of Law, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ or via

The deadline date for applications is 15 May every year. To be eligible to apply you must have a valid offer of a place on to a LLM course. The successful applicants will be contacted by post.  The application process is now closed for 2014-15.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

We have a number of Master’s and Doctoral Studentships awards through the AHRC Block Grant Partnership awards scheme. These scholarships are available to applicants from the UK (home students) and European Union countries. Applications will be considered if you are holding an offer of a place in any of the LLM taught courses offered at our School of Law. The application form for this scholarship will be available through your MyEssex applicant portal when your offer is formally confirmed to you via e-mail. For further information on the funding visit the AHRC website. There is also AHRC funding available for postgraduate PhD research.

Santander Masters Scholarships

Scholarships funded by the Santander Group, are available for taught postgraduate study at Essex. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students who would not otherwise be able to take up a place at Essex.

PhD Scholarships

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Essex is a member of CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England, which has over 375 fully-funded PhD studentships to award over the next five years funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) and the seven CHASE partner institutions. Applicants for doctoral study in law at Essex can apply to CHASE for AHRC studentships through our department and we will work closely with you on your application.

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships

We are part of the University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, which means you can also apply for Economic and Social Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships at Essex.

The University of Essex Silberrad Scholarship

Our University of Essex Silberrad Scholarships are awarded by the University to provide support for our own graduates to pursue PhD study. The scholarships are funded by a legacy from the Silberrad Estate, which was bequeathed to our University in 2007.

External funding sources

Modern Law Review Scholarships

The Modern Law Review Scholarships are available to give financial support to outstanding research students engaged on doctoral research at a university in the United Kingdom on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the Review.  These scholarships are awarded by annual competition based on nominations to be submitted by the Head of School for the university in which the applicant is, or will be, registered as a research student.

Postgrad Solutions Ltd Bursaries (external bursary)

Postgrad Solutions offers a number of postgraduate bursaries including bursaries specifically for LLM students. A panel of judges select the winners on the basis of who they feel is the most deserving case, based on what is written in their application. Payment of the award will be made directly to the institution and discounted from the fees as appropriate. You may only apply for a bursary after you have accepted an offer of a place at your chosen institution.