Since 2003, the Modern Law Review has made available an annual amount in financial support for research students engaged on doctoral research at a university in the United Kingdom on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the Review. These scholarships are awarded by annual competition based on nominations submitted by the head of department of the University in which the applicant is, or will be, registered as a research student.
Applications for 2024–25
The Modern Law Review is again making financial support available for research students engaged in doctoral research on any subject broadly within the publishing interests of the Review.
We invite nominations for scholarships to be submitted by the Head of Department/ School of the university in which the nominated students are currently registered as research students. Only UK universities are eligible to make a nomination and each university may submit up to two nominations (in addition to a maximum of two renewal applications). To be eligible for nomination, students must have completed the first year of their PhD research and passed any necessary upgrades to PhD status at the time of the award (though not necessarily the time of application). Those who have not yet commenced their PhD at the time of nomination are not eligible for consideration.
When making awards the Editorial Committee will take into account the quality of the research proposal and the impact receipt of an MLR scholarship might have on the student’s capacity to study. The amount of any award is at the discretion of the Committee. Awards will normally be renewable for up to one year.
Nominations for scholarships for 2024–25 must be submitted to the MLR Administrator no later than Friday 3 May 2024.
- The nomination must include the following information:
- The name, full curriculum vitae of the nominee and proposed registration period.
- A detailed statement of the subject, or proposed subject, of research written by the nominated student, of between 1,000-1,500 words. The research statement must make clear what original and substantial contribution to the field the student is aiming to produce and how it fits with the aims of the MLR.
- A personal statement of no more than 500 words from the student outlining the difference an MLR scholarship will have on their research (this may be used e.g. to indicate financial need).
- An academic reference from the student’s supervisor.
- When submitting your application, please ensure all required documentation is submitted in one pdf file only.
- It is a condition of the award of a Scholarship that the nominee’s university agrees to administer the award and that, by the end of the period of the award, the Head of Department/School submits to the MLR Administrator a statement indicating the student’s progress with research during that period.
- Awards will normally be renewed for up to one year on receipt of separate reports from the student and their supervisor detailing the progress made in the previous year and a research plan for the following year. Annual reports due in 2023 should be submitted by5 May 2023 by the Head of Department/School. The decision on whether or not to renew the award remains at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.
Applications should be sent by email to:
Previous and Current Holders
A list of previous and current MLR Scholarship and Fellowship holders is below.
Scholars marked with a * are recipients of the Mike Redmayne Scholarship instituted in memory of past MLR Committee Member Professor Mike Redmayne. This is normally awarded annually to the best applicant in the fields of Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence (and related fields).
Scholars marked with a ** are recipients of the Simon Roberts Scholarship instituted in memory of past MLR General Editor Professor Simon Roberts. This is normally awarded annually to the best applicant in the fields of legal anthropology, legal ethnography and socio-legal studies (and related fields).
Scholars marked with a *** are recipients of the Helen Reece Scholarship instituted in memory of past MLR Committee Member Ms. Helen Reece. This is normally awarded annually to the best applicant in the fields of feminist legal theory, family law and related fields.