Intellectual Property PhD – Herchel Smith Scholarships 2023

Share This Post

The Herchel Smith Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year are fully funded scholarships available to international students pursuing a PhD in Intellectual Property. Queen Mary University offers these scholarships, which encompass full coverage of tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £17,000.

The Herchel Smith PhD Scholarship Programme aims to acknowledge and provide assistance to exceptional full-time students who exhibit the potential to make remarkable contributions to the field of intellectual property law. This program specifically supports PhD students specializing in intellectual property law, as well as those exploring the intersection between intellectual property law and other disciplines within the sciences and humanities.

Queen Mary University’s School of Law holds a prominent position among UK law schools, ranking within the top 10 for research quality. The faculty comprises internationally renowned experts who serve as advisors to industry, governments, and non-governmental organizations on both national and international levels. Successful recipients of this scholarship will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours per week to research support work and other related tasks throughout the duration of their studies. These responsibilities will be carried out for the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Law Research Institute (QMIPRI).

Scholarship Summary:

  • Degree Level: Doctorate (PhD)
  • University: Queen Mary University
  • Location: London, United Kingdom Program
  • Duration: Full-time – 3 years, Part-time – 6 years

Opportunity Focus Area:

  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and public international law/private international law
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and intangible cultural/scientific heritage
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and human rights
  • The Doctrine of functionality
  • The role of intellectual property law in promoting and regulating art
  • The 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)
  • The interrelationship of TRIPS with regional and national Law (e.g., TRIPS and the European Patent Convention)
  • The philosophy of intellectual property
  • Primary and secondary markets in intellectual property
  • Application of Article 102 TFEU to “double identity” trademark cases
  • Property rights in persona
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • Exhaustion and licensing of intellectual property rights

Scholarship Coverage:

The Herchel Smith Scholarships for a PhD in Intellectual Property will encompass the following coverage:

The Herchel Smith Scholarships for a PhD in Intellectual Property will provide comprehensive coverage of all tuition fees. Additionally, a yearly award of approximately £17,000 will be granted to the recipient, with regular disbursements throughout the academic year, starting from September 2021. The amount of the award will be subject to annual review.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Intellectual Property PhD – Herchel Smith Scholarships, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Language: Proficiency in English. (IELTS and other tests may be required)
  • Eligible Countries: Open to applicants from all countries worldwide.
  • The scholarship is available for new applicants who will commence their studies in September 2022.
  • Applicants must be PhD students specializing in intellectual property law or those working at the intersection of intellectual property law and other fields within the sciences and humanities.
  • Language proficiency requirements: IELTS overall score of 7.0, including 7.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening, and Speaking. Alternatively, a TOEFL score of 100 overall, with a minimum score of 27 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, and 20 in Speaking. Other recognized language proficiency tests may also be accepted.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Intellectual Property PhD – Herchel Smith Scholarships, please follow the application instructions outlined below:

Required Documents:

  • Any additional documents pertaining to your qualifications (e.g., translations, transcript reverses). Maximum of 5 uploads.
  • Copy of your original certificate(s) and/or transcript(s).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • If you are a member of any professional organizations (e.g., GMC, Bar), provide the organization name and registration number (if applicable).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé summarizing your education and employment history.
  • Personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) that:
    • Explains your interest in the field of study.
    • Describes any relevant research experience, such as previous degree involvement.
    • Lists any published or pending academic work.
  • Proof of funding or scholarship.
  • Research proposal including:
    • Proposed supervisor.
    • Whether you have already contacted the supervisor(s).
    • Proposed project title or studentship title.
    • Research group.
    • Proposed start date.
  • Two references with their contact information.

Please ensure that you provide all the necessary documentation as per the application requirements.

Apply Online:

Please follow these steps to apply for the PhD programme and funding:

  • Make an online application to the PhD programme before the funding submission deadline. Full-time application can be found here, and part-time application can be found here.
  • Once you have submitted your application, proceed to register for an account.
  • Log in to your account and apply as a new applicant.
  • It is important to only click the submit button once when submitting your application.
  • For more information about the application process, you can visit the provided link.
  • If you have any queries regarding the PhD funding application process, please email Mr. G Skehan, the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, at [email protected].

Please ensure you follow these steps carefully and direct any application-related questions to the provided email address.

Application Instructions:

Please note the following regarding notifications for funding applications:

  • When completing the online application form for the PhD programme, ensure that you indicate your intention to be considered for funding, rather than applying as an applicant to the PhD programme only.
  • Within the online application form, you will find a section titled ‘Funding’. In this section, there will be an option to indicate that you will fund your studies through other means.
  • Additionally, in the section where you are asked to provide details of any scholarships or grants you are applying for or have already secured, it is important to explicitly state that you wish to apply for a School of Law Herchel Smith award.

By following these instructions, you will ensure that your application is considered for the School of Law Herchel Smith award.

Important Notes:

Please take note of the following points regarding the application process for the School of Law PhD programme:

  • Unlike other PhD programmes at QMUL, there is no formal requirement for applicants to contact an academic staff member to arrange supervision prior to submitting their full application. The initial review of all applications is conducted by the Research Admissions Director.
  • If you have already submitted your main application without indicating your interest in applying for Herchel Smith funding, but wish to be considered for the award, you must contact Mr. Gareth Skehan, the PhD Admissions Administrator, via email at [email protected] before the deadline. In your email, clearly state the specific award you are applying for. Without this specific email notification, you will not be considered for Herchel Smith funding.
  • The Research Admissions Director has an overview of the supervisory capabilities and availability of academic staff within the School. Therefore, applications deemed strong enough by the Director are reviewed by academics who possess research expertise relevant to the proposed area of study.
  • Although the College’s online application system requires applicants to provide the name of a proposed supervisor in the ‘Research Proposal’ section, the School of Law does not have this requirement. Applicants can simply indicate their proposed supervisor as a ‘School of Law supervisor’ without specifying a particular staff member (though they are welcome to do so if they prefer).

Please keep these instructions in mind when completing your application for the School of Law PhD programme.

Application Deadline:

The Last date of  application is June 02, 2023

Apply Now

Recent Blogs

More To Explore

PHD Scholarships

Master's Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get your Dream Scholarship stay updated