Post Graduate Opportunities

The Howard League Scholarship for part-time DPhil : Oxford Centre for Criminology

The Howard League is offering a scholarship of £2,000 per year for six years to a part-time DPhil criminology student at the Oxford Centre for Criminology conducting research relevant to the key aims of the Howard League. 

The Howard League for Penal Reform will provide successful applicants with a scholarship of £2,000 per year, for six years, to a student conducting research relevant to the key aims of the Howard League. The deadline for entry in 2015/16, is 1st June 2015.  Later applications may be considered if places are available.

The DPhil entails researching and writing a thesis of between 75,000 and 100,000 words.  Part-time DPhil students spend their first two years as a probationary research student, before transferring to DPhil status following the ‘qualifying test’. Regular seminar series and research methods training is held on Thursdays during term time, and part-time students are encouraged to participate in the life of the Centre as fully as possible, by attending departmental seminars, joining discussion groups and research streams, and taking part in the intellectual and social life of the Centre.

For further information regarding application and potential supervision topics please see the Centre for Criminology's website

Bursary: British Society of Criminology Conference 2015

British Society of Criminology Conference 2015 – Howard League postgraduate bursary

‘Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery’

Plymouth Law School, 30 June – 1 July 2015

The Howard League for Penal Reform is providing a bursary for one post graduate student to attend both the post-graduate and main conference.  In addition, our winner will be asked to publish a version of their conference paper in our Early Career Academic Network Bulletin 

Our bursary winner will be chosen by the Chairs of the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee with input from the Executive Committee, the Host Organising Committee and the Howard League. Selection will be based the originality of your paper and potential contribution to knowledge or practice, as well as relevance to the Howard League’s aims and concerns.  

Postgraduate Bursary Applications Close: 5pm 30 April 2015 and should be sent to

Information about all the bursaries and the generic application form can be found here 

Bursary Recipient 2014

Bursary Recipient 2013

Paper based on presentation at the BSC annual conference published in ECAN bulletin issue 22

Bursary Recipient 2012

Paper presented by Daniel Bear at the BSC annual conference 2012

Bursary Recipient 2011

Paper presented by Jake Phillips at the BSC annual conference 2011

Perrie Lecture 2015:  Older Prisoners

Friday 12 June 2015, Prison Service College, Newbold Revel, Warwickshire

Student essay competition


The annual Perrie Lectures are named after the prominent prison governor Bill Perrie and aim to reflect his concept of humanity in his dealings with his staff and those in his care.  The lectures are aimed at everyone concerned with or working within criminal justice system and aim to stimulate dialogue that can improve the care of offenders and advance penal policy (for information about past lectures see:

2015 theme:  Older prisoners

This year’s theme is Older Prisoners.  Already confirmed speakers include Professor Seena Fazel, Dept of Psychiatry, Oxford University, a specialist on health and mental health in prisons and a team from HMP Wymott which includes researchers from the International End of Life Observatory at the University of Lancaster looking at end of life care for prisoners.

Essay competition

Students are invited to submit an essay addressing the following question:  “What is distinctive about the experiences of older prisoners? What could be done to better address their needs?”

The essay should be no more than 2000 words long.

The winning entry will receive a free place at this year’s Perrie Lecture and the essay will be published in the Howard League’s Early Career Academic Bulletin.

Entries should be made by Monday 11 May 2015 and sent to

The winning entry will be notified by end May 2015.

University of Liverpool/Howard League ESRC CASE PhD studentship

The University of Liverpool and the Howard League have managed to secure a fully funded ESRC PhD CASE +3 studentship which focuses on youth justice. The sucessful candidate, Damon Briggs, is supervised by Professor Barry Goldson with support from Professor Sandra Walklate and Anita Dockley at the Howard League.

Read a profile of the recipient, Damon Briggs