Research Studentship

University of Bedfordshire - Business and Management Research Institute

Research Directorate

Salary: Graduate bursary £14,553 per annum

Fixed term: 3 years (initially for 2 years for MPhil, with a further year for completion after transfer to PhD)

Start date: 15th October 2018


The Centre for Research in Law (CRiL) at the University of Bedfordshire invites applications for a funded PhD position in the area of refugee and asylum law, to start on 15th October 2018.

The studentship is available for Home (UK and EU) candidates and it will cover Home fees, plus an annual stipend. Applicants from outside the UE can apply, but if they are successful, they will have to cover the additional fees on their own. Overseas students will be subject to regulations governing visa applications.

Our academic community

The University of Bedfordshire Business School is one of the largest in the region, with 140 full time staff and a further 60 visiting professors, scholars, practitioners and fellows. The School has 5,000 students on campus and a further 2,000 at partner institutions. The Business & Management Research Institute (BMRI), of which CRiL is a component research centre, is responsible for managing research within the Business School. CRiL and BMRI are committed to producing high quality research that is applied, applicable and relevant to the needs of the local community and of wider society.

Subject area of research

The studentship is intended to complement on-going research and programmes currently undertaken by CRiL, including our award-winning Refugee Legal Aid Project (RLAP).

The so-called ‘refugee crisis’ which has engulfed European States in recent years has brought into sharp focus the phenomenon of unaccompanied minor migrants and asylum seekers. The range of legal and practical challenges faced by such individuals in Europe is multifaceted. In addition, the future regulation of asylum matters in the UK is likely to undergo substantial changes in the near future due to the impact of Brexit.

Against this background, CRiL invites applications from outstanding candidates to undertake doctoral research on specific issues concerning legal regulation and protection of young asylum seekers in the UK and/or in the wider European context.

All studentship research students are required to put aside one day per week for related research and academic activities as directed by their supervisors.

Entry criteria:

  • A first degree in Law or cognate areas (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent), and a postgraduate qualification, obtained or near completion.
  • Applications are also welcome from candidates holding a first degree in Law or cognate areas (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent) and who can demonstrate relevant professional experience and an aptitude for research.
  • Candidates for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their ability in spoken and written English (at least level B2 / IELTS 6.0).

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018

It is expected that interviews will take place in the week beginning 18th June 2018.

For an application pack or any application-related queries please email quoting the reference BUS-LAW.

Applications should be accompanied by a research proposal of no more than 2,000 words, setting out the proposed research question(s), and detailing how the applicant would approach the proposed area of research as a PhD study.

For academic enquiries, please contact Dr Silvia Borelli, CRiL Director, at

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