Stair Society Bursary 2015

The Stair Society offers an annual bursary of £3000 to a postgraduate student in the fourth year of completing a PhD, to facilitate the completion of a PhD thesis in the history of Scots law, broadly understood. At the time of application eligible postgraduates will be registered at a UK or Irish university, will normally have completed no more than three years of full-time doctoral study, or be at an equivalent stage of part-time study, and will be expected to satisfy a judging panel that their thesis will be submitted during the academic year following the award of the Bursary.

The bursary is intended to offer a measure of support to postgraduates who are no longer eligible for support from other funding bodies. It may be used for subsistence costs, or research trips, or to attend conferences.

Applications should be made using the Application Form by 1 October 2015 to the Secretary of the Society, Tom Drysdale, by email attachment to

Candidates will be notified by 1 November 2015 of the outcome of their applications, which will be assessed by a panel nominated by the Society's Council.

The successful applicant will also receive a year’s membership of the Stair Society which includes access to the Society’s publications via HeinOnline and complimentary copies of the Society’s publications issued during the year. Further information about membership is available here

The successful candidate will be required to present a 400-word report to the Council on their research covering the use made of the bursary within two months of the end of their fourth year of study. This will be published on the Society’s website. Successful candidates will also be required to acknowledge the support of the Stair Society in their thesis and any relevant publications.

Stair Society Postgraduate Bursary 2015 Poster