Research degrees funding

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We offer a number of scholarships and awards to help support you during your time as a Masters by Research or PhD student with us. Below is a selection of the funding beginning in 2017/18 - you can find more detailed information, application forms, and funding opportunities from other sources on the University's Postgraduate Scholarships database here.

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 in 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. 

Our prestigious awards and scholarships are intended to support and help develop the careers of promising scholars, so if you receive a scholarship from us we expect you to participate fully in the intellectual life of the School. We may also ask you to represent the School 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.

Alumni Bursary

You do not need to apply for this funding - if you think you may be eligible let us know using the contact details for the course you are applying to.

Number available: Varies each year.

Value: 10% of cost of 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 October 2017, and graduated with a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the University of Leeds.

AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship

The AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships have been created to meet a need for studentships for postgraduate research proposals that clearly cross two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

Number available: 2

Value: Full cost of tuition fees and a maintenance grant towards living costs (£14,553 in 2017/18).

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK/EU and international applicants who have applied for a place on a PhD, are intending to begin their studies at Leeds in October 2017, and hold a 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree.

Application deadline: Friday 9th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

The following scholarships are available to UK/EU applicants only:

School of English Doctoral Awards 

Each award will be named for one of three distinguished figures in the history of our School: John Barnard, Douglas Jefferson and Inga Stina Ewbank.

These awards are normally for up to three years' full-time study (or five years' part-time study) leading to a Doctoral Degree. This is on condition of satisfactory progress, reviewed at the end of the first academic year (full time) or second academic year (part time). Applicants for this award should also apply for an AHRC-funded studentship in the School of English through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).     

We are particularly interested in and will look favourably on applications whose research projects make excellent use of the Special Collections held in the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Library. 

To download an application form, please visit the downloads page  or contact Jamie Knipe englishpgr@leeds.ac.uk.

 

Number available: 4

Value: Full cost of tuition fees and £14,553 towards living costs.

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK/EU applicants who have applied for a place on a research degree in the School of English.

Application deadline: Wednesday 24th January 2018, 5pm (UK time)

    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.

    Originally a Leeds graduate, Douglas Jefferson was a part of the School of English for nearly seventy years. After his retirement in 1977 he continued to be a regular presence in the department, and in his late 80s was a genial mentor to research students. He is noted for his work on the English novelists, especially Laurence Sterne, Dickens, and Sir Walter Scott. The School's Jefferson Room remains a place of convivial conversation.

    The Swedish-born scholar, Inga Stina-Ewbank, was Professor of English at Leeds 1985-97, and Head of Department 1988-91. A distinguished translator of Ibsen and Strindberg, she is remembered for her critical study of the Brontë sisters, and for her wide-ranging scholarship in the field of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. She was an inspirational teacher and brilliant lecturer, and an admired role model to her students. Her renowned MA course, ‘Life and Art’, enriched many of them in both.

    WRoCAH AHRC Studentships

    The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. 

    Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website: 

    http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/  

    Number available: 7

    Value: UK applicants receive the full cost of tuition fees and a maintenance grant towards living costs (£14,553 in 2018/19). EU applicants receive only the full cost of tuition fees unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to taking up the award.

    Eligibility:

    • Full-time and part-time UK/EU applicants who have applied for a place on a research degree in the School of English and are intending to begin their studies in October 2018
    • Existing students who are going into their second year of study on a research degree in the School of English and intending to recommence their studies in October 2018

    Application deadline: Wednesday 24th February 2018, 5pm (UK time)

    University Of Leeds Doctoral

    Number available: 4

    Value: Full cost of tuition fees and a maintenance grant towards living costs (£14,553).

    Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK/EU/international applicants who have applied for a place on a PhD, are intending to begin their studies at Leeds in October 2018, and hold a 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree.

    Application deadline: Friday 9th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

    Frank Parkinson Scholarship

    Number available: 1

    Value: Full cost of tuition fees and £12,000 per year (for up to 3 years) towards living costs.

    Eligibility: Full-time UK/EU applicants who have applied for a place on a PhD, are intending to begin their studies at Leeds in October 2017, have British parents, and have been resident in Yorkshire for at least ten years (in total).

    Application deadline: TBC

    The following scholarship is available to international applicants only:

    Bonamy Dobrée Scholarship

    Please note that there are two different Bonamy Dobrée Scholarships - one for Masters students and one for research students. You can find the Masters one here.

    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: Full cost of tuition fees and £10,000 per year (for up to 3 years) towards living costs.

    Eligibility: Full-time and part-time international applicants who have applied for a place on a research degree in the School of English.

    Application deadline: Friday 9th March 2018, 5pm (UK time)

    To download an application form, please visit the downloads page  or contact Jamie Knipe englishpgr@leeds.ac.uk.