PhD Funding

PhD Studentships in Mediaeval History and Law

The project ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries’ invites applications for two PhD studentships, for applicants to start PhDs at the University of St Andrews in September 2018. Each student will examine the development of land law within a chosen region of western Europe in the period 1050-1250. Preference may be given to candidates working on France, Catalonia, or Italy, but applications to work on other areas will be considered too.

For further information on the project, see

Applicants should have completed a taught-postgraduate degree (or equivalent) by September 2018. The studentships are fully funded covering stipend and fees for UK and EU resident students. Non-EU students can also be considered for further University scholarships for international fees.

Applicants should apply for a PhD place via the University of St Andrews standard application process: In addition, they should submit a research outline of a maximum of 500 words directly to to Professor John Hudson by email to

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018.


Applications now open for three ‘Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities’, each worth £84,000:
The University of St Andrews has been awarded three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities. These are highly prestigious scholarships and are open to UK, EU, and international applicants seeking to start their PhD in the 2018-19 academic year. They are each worth £84,000, to be paid in equal amounts over three years, covering both fees and maintenance costs. Scholarships are available in three areas that align with the Wolfson Foundation’s interests: history, literature, and languages. Applications relating to legal and/or constitutional research within these three areas are welcome. Closing date is Wednesday 15 November.


The Selden Society was founded in 1887 by F.W. Maitland and others to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of English law. The Society offers a Milsom Studentship (named in honour of the late Professor S.F.C. Milsom, sometime Literary Director and President of the Society) for a person commencing research in English legal history leading to the degree of PhD (or equivalent) at a university in the United Kingdom. The date of the next competition will be announced on this website.