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1 Fulbright/Queen’s University Belfast PhD Award in Global Peace, Security and Justice

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

One award is offered to pursue a doctoral programme (PhD) at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen's University Belfast, for up to three years.

As part of the Russell Group, Queen’s is proud to be a leading research institution, offering postgraduate opportunities at the forefront of new thinking. We continue to build on our reputation as a world-class international University that supports outstanding students and staff to conduct leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of society. The University has a vibrant research culture, having invested significantly in both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research.

• Queen’s University is ranked 180th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2019).

• The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework places Queen’s University 8th in the UK for research intensity.

• Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading.

This award will be centred in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress. A flagship for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge, the Mitchell Institute brings together excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.

Research areas could include but are not limited to:

• Borders and Migration

• Conflict Resolution

• Human Rights

• Ideology and Beliefs

• Legacy Issues

• Policing and Security

• Social Justice

• Terrorism

Grant amount

• Full tuition waiver during fee liable years of study

• Three years living stipend:

  • 2020-2021: £13,450
  • 2021-2022: £13,700
  • 2022-2023: £13,950

The living stipend is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK. 

Grant Period

10 Months

All grantees to the UK attend a 3-day orientation program on arrival in September, a 4-day Fulbright Forum in January, and a farewell event, the Fulbright 'End-cap' weekend in June/July.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who demonstrate:

  • Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic or professional excellence;
  • Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK and at a particular institution;
  • A desire to gain a better understanding of the peoples and cultures of their host country;
  • Commitment to the community through volunteer and extra-curricular activities;
  • Flexibility and dynamism necessary for active involvement in the host country.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation and must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission at time of application, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival. Applicants should include a letter of support from potential Ph.D. supervisors.

Applicants will complete two applications, the Fulbright application and the university’s application (according to the university’s admissions procedures). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their university applications as early as possible, ideally before January 15, 2020. The Fulbright Program does not cover the application fee for the university.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Grantees awarded a Fulbright UK Partnership award will pay no tuition fees.

Scholars will be fully funded for their fee-liable years of doctoral study up to a maximum of three years depending on programme length and duration of fee liability. Fee liability is the length of time a student is required to pay fees to the University, which is typically equal to the standard length of the course.


The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who are currently resident in or who have extensive previous experience in the UK; who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin; and applicants whose proposals are to complete any part of a medical degree, including internships or residencies.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website