Queen’s University Belfast

The Fulbright Queen's University Belfast Award provides up to three years funding for a doctoral degree within the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

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

It is highly recommended that applicants for PhD programmes in the UK complete a masters programme before beginning a PhD. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please check with your proposed host/programme at Queen’s University Belfast.

Grant amount

  • Full tuition waiver
  • Three years living stipend:
    • 2020-2021: £13,450
    • 2021-2022: £13,700
    • 2020-2021: £13,950  

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

In the UK, master's degrees are typically one-year programmes (full-time) and PhDs are three-year programmes (full-time).