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Fully-funded PhD studentship in Migration and Asylum Law at the University of Bedfordshire


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 Thursday, July 28, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Luton

Funding for: UK, EU and International students

Funding amount: £16,600

Mode of study: Full Time

Closing date: 28th July 2022


The UK asylum and immigration system has recently undergone a substantial overhaul through the controversial changes introduced by the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. The challenges resulting from the UK's departure from the Common European Asylum System and those arising from the many refugee crises of recent years cannot however adequately be addressed solely by the amendment of a few norms and the adoption of ad hoc measures of doubtful international legality, such as the recent arrangements for deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. Instead, what is required is a thorough re-think of the UK's approach, both in terms of its position within Europe and vis-à-vis individuals in need of international protection, with a view to creating a fair, compassionate and functional asylum system which respects the principles of international law.

Against this background, the Centre for Research in Law invites proposals for PhD research in the field of asylum and migration law. Whilst projects may seek to explore any area of asylum and migration law, we particularly welcome proposals focusing on the challenges posed by the UK’s departure from the Dublin system and other changes in the aftermath of Brexit. 

The successful candidate will join the team of CRiL researchers working on human rights and asylum and protection issues and will have the opportunity to make a real-world contribution to the life of refugees through participation in the University’s award-winning refugee family reunion clinic, the Refugee Legal Assistance Project.

For academic enquiries, please contact Dr Silvia Borelli ().


The studentship is available to Home, EU and International candidates.

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level in Law or related discipline. Additional qualifications, in particular a Master's degree or relevant professional experience are desirable. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with professional experience of working in the immigration and asylum sector and people with lived experience of migration/forced migration.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their ability in English, with a IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5.

How to Apply:

Applications must include:

The closing date for applications is 15:00 BST on Wednesday 28th July 2022. 

Applications should be emailed to by the closing time and date. 

Interviews will take place by video-conference during the week commencing 1st August 2022.

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,600, plus an allowance for additional research expenses and conference attendance. All students in receipt of a research studentship are required to put aside one day per week for related research / teaching activities as directed by their supervisors. International candidates, if successful, will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and International tuition fees (currently approximately £ 10,000 per year) for the 3-year duration of the studentship.
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