Funding opportunities

After students have been admitted to the programme, they will be allocated a host institution by the Directors, according to the research topic they proposed.

Depending on their allocated host institution, different forms of funding MAY be applied for:


PhD researchers at Glasgow will be granted research support facilities in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School. This includes access to suitable working space, a computer, a library account, contribution towards research related costs such as conference registration fees, etc.

For funding opportunities you will need to refer to this webpage.

Altona Foundation for Philosophical research (ASFPG) Scholarship in Legal Theory
This scholarship is offered to support students undertaking full-time doctoral research in legal theory at the School of Law of the University of Glasgow as part of the 'Globalisation and legal theory' collaborative doctoral programme.  To visit the website, click here.

The ASGPG is an independent foundation which has its seat in Hamburg, Germany. The purpose of the Foundation is to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research and theory including research in Applied Ethics and Law. It is expected that the successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in the activities of the ASFPG.

The scholarship covers fees (at the home/EU rate). It does not cover maintenance costs. Applications are invited for the scholarship commencing 1 October.
To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must make a formal application for postgraduate research study according to the guidelines provided.
The scholarship is also open to students in their first year of doctoral study on the collaborative programme at the University of Glasgow.
Along with their application, candidates should supply a research proposal of no more than 1000 words, as well as a sample of their written work (not exceeding 5000 words).



  • Some funds, such as the Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS, the FRIA and the UCL assistantship, are awarded specifically for the completion of a PhD thesis. They are given for a sufficient laps of time to allow researchers to pursue their doctoral studies through to the defence of thesis stage.
  • Special Research Fund (FSR) grants and projects top up this funding but are awarded for shorter periods.
  • The FIRST DEI grants (two years + a two-year extension) awarded by the Walloon Region also enable recipients to complete a PhD thesis in partnership with a company.
  • The Prospective Research for Brussels grants (two years + a two-year extension) awarded by the Brussels-Capital Region allow recipients to complete a PhD thesis on topics of interest to the Region.
  • UCL “development cooperation” PhD grants and governmental grants (awarded by the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGCD) or the communities) are given to students from countries which are the targets of Belgian or community international cooperation.
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC). Scholarships provided to Chinese researchers for funding doctoral studies or doctoral/post-doctoral research stays at UCL.

Research Projects:
Other forms of funding, because of their duration, are suitable for the completion of a thesis, but PhD students who receive them are bound by the research topic chosen by their supervisor. These types of funding come under the coordinated research project (ARC) and interuniversity attraction pole (IAP) structures, which bring together researchers from several university teams within a single research programme. Other examples include projects paid for by related funds like FNRS/FRFC – Fund for Collective Fundamental Research.

Students can also start working towards a PhD using other sources of funding, such as the thematic programmes of the Belgian Science Policy Office, incentive programmes operated by the Walloon Region or the Brussels-Capital Region, or the European Union’s research programmes.


PhD researchers at Tilburg will be granted a package of research support facilities in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School. This includes access to suitable working space, a computer, a library account, a flat sum for research related costs, such as conference registration fees, etc, as well as financial support for (English-language) editing costs of the final version of the dissertation (at present €1.500).
In specific cases the Graduate School may also provide limited support with respect to travel costs.

For more information about other funding opportunities for your PhD at Tilburg please click here