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Intellectual Property PhD - Herchel Smith Scholarships 2019-20

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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About the Award

New PhD students undertaking full-time research in the area of Intellectual Property (IP) can apply for a Herchel Smith Scholarship to start in the 2020-21academic year. The award covers three years of study while in full time enrolment, subject to satisfactory annual progress reports. The award will cover all tuition fees, whether at the Home/EU rate or the overseas rate, and provide a maintenance stipend (in 2019-20 this amounted to an award of approximately £17,000 per year). For more information about this award, please see our web-page below, and click on the ‘Herchel Smith' link provided here:

Applicants' research topics should focus on one of the following themes:

IPRs and public international law/private international law; IPRs and intangible cultural/scientific heritage; IPRs and human rights; Doctrine of functionality; The role of intellectual property law in promoting and regulating art; intersection of international trade and intellectual property law (e.g. Patents and Trade in Stem Cells; Trade Marks and Tobacco Plain Packaging); intellectual property transactions (e.g. Licensing of Broadcasting Rights for Premier League matches); interrelationship of TRIPS with regional and national Law (e.g. TRIPS and the European Patent Convention); philosophy of intellectual property; primary and secondary markets in IP; Art 102 TFEU applied to "double identity" TM cases; property rights in persona; enforcement of IP; exhaustion and licensing.

If you have any queries relating to the PhD funding application process, please email the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan by email on


The closing date for Herchel Smith scholarship award applications is Wednesday 3rd June 2020. Only applicants who have completed the online application process to the PhD programme (including the submission of all required supporting documents) prior to the funding submission deadline will be considered for funding. The selection process takes place during late July to early August and you applicants may need to be available for interview at that time.

For information on how to make an application, what our entry requirements are, and what supporting documentation is required, please see our web-page:


To apply for a Herchel Smith Scholarship you must:
• Meet the PhD programme entry requirements. All applicants must meet the Law PhD programme entry requirements, these include high academic performance in taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject (a ‘Pass with Distinction' on an LLM degree, in the UK marking system, for example).
• Be (or apply to be) a full time postgraduate PhD research student. The award is for new applicants looking to enrol in September 2020. Therefore, existing PhD students are not eligible.
• Be able to start your PhD in September 20. Given that most LLM courses in the UK end with graduation in November (and that PhD entry is dependent upon applicants obtaining a certain grade on their LLM so as to meet our academic entry requirements), so this means current LLM students who will graduate in November 2020 aren't eligible to apply for this award this year (unless they have previously graduated from an LLM degree taken earlier).

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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