Masters funding

With over 2.9 million books, our library is one of the finest in the country

We offer a number of scholarships and awards to help support you during your time as a Masters student with us. Below is a selection of the funding currently offered.

This funding is intended to support and help develop the careers of promising scholars, so if you apply it's important that you plan to participate fully in the intellectual life of the School. We may also ask you to represent us as a Student Ambassador, which involves welcoming applicants and new arrivals to the School and helping out at postgraduate open days, academic conferences and other events.

You can find out about funding opportunities from other sources on the University's Postgraduate Scholarships database.

You may also be eligible for a government-funded Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees and living costs.

Advice on applying for funding

  • Remember to check the Postgraduate Scholarships database regularly, as new funding opportunities are added throughout the year.
  • Remember to check that you're eligible for your chosen award or scholarship.
  • Remember to check the application deadline.
  • Remember that most awards and scholarships require you to apply for a place on your chosen degree before applying for funding.
  • Applications for different awards and scholarships often need to be submitted to different people - this information can be found on each application form.
  • You can apply for as many awards and scholarships from the School or University as you like, as long as you're eligible. However, you might not be able to accept more than one if you're offered them depending on the terms and conditions.
  • Most scholarship applications include a supporting statement. Remember that all funding is awarded on your academic merit alone, so your statement should focus on this. As well as any information specified on the application form, your statement should include your research interests and how these would be supported by studying on your chosen degree - e.g. access to particular resources, modules or staff expertise.
The following funding is available to both UK/EU and international applicants:

Alumni Bursary

Number available: Varies each year.

Value: 10% of cost of self-funded tuition fees.

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK/EU and international applicants who have applied for a place on a Masters or research degree, are intending to begin their studies at Leeds in September 2018, and graduated with a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Leeds.

Application deadline: No application is required for this award, but if you think you may be eligible you must let us know using the contact details for the course you're applying to.

Purvis Awards

Canon John Stanley Purvis, who died in 1968, was the translator or editor of each of the individual works in the York Cycle of Mystery Plays (referred to as 'The Mystery Plays'), numbering in all forty-eight plays. In 1976 the copyright and royalty rights of the Mystery Plays was assigned by Hilda M. Purvis, his sister and literary executor, to the University of Leeds. Hilda Purvis stipulated that the accumulated funds from the royalty rights should be used to fund two prizes to outstanding students in the School of English.

Number available: 2

Value: £1,000

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK/EU and international applicants who have applied for a place on any of the Masters courses in the School.

Application deadline: No application is required for this award, but to be eligible you must apply for a place on a Masters course in the School by Friday 27th July 2018, 5pm (UK time).

The following funding is available to UK/EU applicants only:

John Barnard Scholarship

John Barnard, now Professor Emeritus at the University of Leeds, has had a long and distinguished career in the School of English as Head of Department more than once. A respected teacher, literary scholar, editor and bibliographer, he has an enviable range of expertise in poetry and drama, and is best known for his work on Restoration comedy and the poetry of Pope and Keats.

Number available: 1

Value: Full cost of tuition fees and £5,000 maintenance grant.

Eligiblity: Full-time and part-time UK/EU applicants who have applied for a place on any of the Masters courses in the School. Part-time candidates will be subject to a progress review at the end of their first year.

Application deadline: Friday 16th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

How to apply: Download the application form and return it to us by email.

Leeds Archives Scholarship

The University of Leeds Archive and wider Special Collections are a unique resource for researchers. This scholarship is intended to allow promising Masters students to fully take advantage of this resource.

Number available: 1

Value: Full cost of tuition fees.

Eligiblity: Full-time and part-time UK/EU applicants who have applied for a place on any of the Masters courses in the School and are intending to use materials from the University's archives or Special Collections as the focus of their MA dissertation topic. Applicants should outline their proposed thesis topic in their application form and explain how the unique collections at Leeds support this topic. Part-time candidates will be subject to a progress review at the end of their first year.

Application deadline: Friday 16th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

How to apply: Download the application form and return it to us by email.

The following funding is available to international applicants only:

Charles Barber Award

The Charles Barber prize was established in 2013 by the School of English through the generosity of Professor Karin Barber to commemorate her father, former Head of School, Professor Charles Barber.

Number available: 1

Value: £200

Eligibility: The international student in the final year of study leading to the award of one of our Masters courses who achieves the highest mark in the Dissertation module.

Application deadline: No application is required for this award.

Bonamy Dobrée Scholarship

Please note that there are two different Bonamy Dobrée Scholarships - the information below refers to the one for Masters students, but there is also one for postgraduate research students.

Bonamy Dobrée, Professor of English at Leeds 1936-55, is today best known for his work on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, and for a notable study of Kipling. From the 1920s as a journalist, theatre critic and literary scholar, he was on the fringes of the Bloomsbury group, a close friend of T. S. Eliot, Leonard Woolf, and Herbert Read. At Leeds he is remembered as a supportive teacher and mentor, and his papers now in the Brotherton Library have proved a valuable resource for scholars.

Number available: 1 

Value: £11,000 (to be deducted from tuition fees)

Eligibility: Full-time international applicants who have applied for a place on any of the Masters courses in the School.

Application deadline: Friday 16th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

How to apply: Download the application form and return it to us by email.