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Research Postgraduate Scholarships available for study commencing in 2016/17

Advice for Applicants

  • Research project details should be clear (within the maximum word limit) and written for the general lay audience.
  • For any GPA quoted, indicate clearly what the mark is out of, e.g. 3.5/4
  • No reference should be made to financial circumstances as awards based on academic merit and research potential.
  • Application forms and further information available here.

Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme

The University of Leeds is offering Leeds Masters Scholarships at the value of £5,000 for 2016 entry, targeting under-represented groups at postgraduate level. The support will help postgraduates to leave Leeds equipped to excel in an economy that is becoming progressively more competitive, and able to take advantage of potential career opportunities.

The aim of the support is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. The Scholarships are funded by the Footsteps Fund.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships you must meet all of the main criteria and one of the financial criteria. To view these, please see the further information link below.
  • Deadline: Friday 10 June 2016, 5pm
  • Value of Award: £5,000 paid in cash instalments over the duration of an eligible qualification.

 See here for full details. To complethe the application form, see here.

WRoCAH AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships 2016/17

Up to two fully funded Studentships are available for award to new applicants wishing to commence full time or part-time mastership study from September 2016. The Studentships are available for students who are assessed as liable for academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate.

  • Eligibility: WRoCAH AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships are only available to students from the UK or EU. Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree.  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English language requirements.
  • Deadline: 06 May 2016.
  • Value of award: The WRoCAH AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentships will cover academic fees at the RCUK rate. The University of Leeds academic fee rate for some taught masters programmes may be higher than the RCUK fee rate provided by the Studentship.

For more information, please see the University's scholarships pages.

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Studentship Award for Excellence

The University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is pleased to announce a three-year fully-funded (fees and maintenance) PhD Studentship or one-year fully funded (fees and maintenance) Masters by Research (MAR) studentship within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies to commence on 01 October 2016.

  • Eligibility: The award is open to Home/EU fee-rated students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who will be supervised in any area within the School and who have an exceptional academic record in their studies so far as well as an excellent research proposal for either an MA by Research or a PhD. 
    Applicants for the MAR must have an excellent first degree in an appropriate subject, and for the PhD a Master’s degree relevant to the proposed research. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional research potential, have a well-developed proposal realisable within the funded period and in line with research interests of the chosen supervisor at Leeds.
    The student will be required to be resident in or within reasonable travelling distance of Leeds for the duration of their studies.
  • Deadline: 12 June 2016
  • Value of Award: a three-year fully-funded PhD Studentship or one-year fully funded Masters by Research (MAR) studentship. Fully-funded includes fees and maintenance.

Please note: All eligible candidates who have submitted an application for study by the closing date will be considered. No separate application required. Nominated and reserve candidates only will be contacted. 

Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) Scholarships

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is offering scholarships for students undertaking research MAs and PhD programmes, full-time and part-time, starting in October 2016.  Both Home/EU and international students are eligible to apply. The School offers postgraduate teaching and supervision by leading researchers in their fields within the disciplines and Centres listed in the further information documentation.

  • Eligibility: Available to all new UK/EU and International students undertaking full-time or part-time MA or PhD study (Masters by Research and PhD) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds
  • Deadline: 12 June 2016
  • Value of award: Part-fee bursaries at UK/EU fee levels may be awarded to individual applicants at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee.

Please note: All eligible candidates who have submitted an application for study by the closing date will be considered. No separate application required. Nominated and reserve candidates only will be contacted. 

Frank Parkinson Scholarship 

1 x Frank Parkinson Scholarship will be available for a student to undertake full-time PhD study from October 2016. The student must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years. The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and provide a maintenance grant of £12,000 per annum

  • Eligibility: The student must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years.
  • Deadline: 01 June 2016
  • Value of award: Academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and maintenance grant of £12,000 per annum

Further details are available here

Col Needham PhD Scholarship in Film Studies

Applications are welcomed to the University of Leeds for the Col Needham PhD Scholarship in Film Studies for study commencing October 2016.

Eligibility: Interested candidates must apply for a place to study on the PhD programme at the University of Leeds and be issued with a student ID number to be eligible to apply for funding. Applicants will also be required to apply to the AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships and University Research Scholarships.
Deadline: Friday 15 January 2016. However, early discussion of your project is advised in order to best help you with the application process.
Value of award: The scholarship will comprise fees at the home/EU rate and maintenance equivalent to the RCUK rate (£14,057 in 2015/16).

See here for further information and the application form

White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (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 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.

WRoCAH is pleased to be able to offer two-year AHRC Competition Continuation Studentships from 2016. Students are only eligible if they are entering their second year in October 2016.

EU students should only apply for WRoCAH funding if they are able to manage on a fees only award. If not, they should only apply for other sources of funding which offer fees and maintenance to EU fee rated students. Success in this competition may rule you out of selection for other UoL funding which offers EU students fees and maintenance. 

The closing deadline for the receipt of applications is 17:00 (5.00pm) GMT on Tuesday 02 February 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

Sasakawa Studentships for Japanese Studies 

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for PhD (full time and part time) and UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme including MA by research (MAR). Non-UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme.
  • Deadline: 26 February 2016
  • Value of award: £10,000
  • Enquiries: Professor Mark Williams()

Further information can be found here

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Discipline Studentship (East Asian Studies only)

  • Eligibility: UK/EU students who have applied to study for an MA (taught or by research) followed by PhD (1+3) or PhD programme (+3)
  • Deadline: 2 February 2016
  • Value of award: Fees and maintenance for UK students; fees only for EU students

Further details can be found here.

Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship (LARS) 

At least 128 Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships are available for high quality Postgraduate Researchers commencing PhD study in Session 2016/17 in any Faculty. Awards provide academic fees and a maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16). Before proceeding with your application, it is strongly advised that applicants view the relevant Faculty website, as some LARS scholarships have been allocated to specific projects. 

  • Eligibility: High quality Postgraduate Researchers commencing PhD study in Session 2016/17. UK/EU applicants (where applicable) must meet the University's English Language requirements prior to or at registration. International applicants must have already met the University's English Language requirements by the closing date.
  • Deadline: Arts - 15 January 2016
  • Value of award: Academic fees and a maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16)

For further information and the application form, see here.

University Research Scholarships

Up to 18 University Research Scholarships are available for students from the United Kingdom and other EU countries who are commencing PhD study from October 2016. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees at the University's standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must have already met the University's English Language requirements prior to registration (some School requirements higher than University minimum). Be commencing PhD research degree study at the University of Leeds for the first time in Session 2016/17.
  • Deadline: Arts - 11 March 2016
  • Value of award: academic fees at the University's standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16)

Further information available here.

University of Leeds Alumni Bursary

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have completed a full degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University of Leeds by the time they register for a postgraduate programme
  • Deadline: not applicable (please apply for the bursary before you register to study on the programme) 
  • Value of award: 10% will be deducted from your fees (at UK/EU and International rate) in each year of your programme
  • Further information available here

We strongly advise students to submit their study applications well in advance of scholarship application deadlines. For any questions please contact lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk.  

Royal Thai Embassy Scholarships

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for an MA by Research (full time and part time)
  • Deadline: 24 June 2016
  • Value of award: £12,000 to include academic fees (at Home/EU University of Leeds standard rate) and contribution towards maintenance (to include a period of up to 6 months field work in Thailand), pro-rata for part-time students.

Download further information | Download application form

China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarships
(Around 13 awards available)

  • Eligibility: High-quality students who are citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China and commencing PhD study in Session 2016/17. Applicants must normally either be studying or working at a Chinese University or studying in their last year of postgraduate study overseas.
  • Deadline: 08 January 2016
  • Value of award: The award will cover full international fees.  The China Scholarship Council will pay a maintenance grant, return economy air travel to and from the UK and visa application fees to successful applicants. The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.

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Tetley & Lupton Scholarships
(Up to 5 awards available)

  • Eligibility: Available to international students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in session 2016/17.  They are available to new postgraduates only and are available for one year only.
  • Deadline: 01 February 2016
  • Value of award: These awards will cover the full cost of academic fees for candidates liable to pay tuition fees at the full-cost rate for international students.

Download further information 

Please see below for scholarships that were awarded for study commencing in in 2015/16

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Studentship Award for Excellence

The University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is pleased to announce a three-year fully-funded (fees and maintenance) PhD Studentship or one-year fully funded (fees and maintenance) Masters by Research (MAR) studentship within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies to commence on October 1st 2015.

Eligibility: The award is open to Home/EU fee-rated students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who will be supervised in any area within the School and who have an exceptional academic record in their studies so far as well as an excellent research proposal for either an MA by Research or a PhD. 
Applicants for the MAR must have an excellent first degree in an appropriate subject, and for the PhD a Master’s degree relevant to the proposed research. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional research potential, have a well-developed proposal realisable within the funded period and in line with research interests of the chosen supervisor at Leeds.
The student will be required to be resident in or within reasonable travelling distance of Leeds for the duration of their studies.
Deadline: 01 June 2015
Value of Award: a three-year fully-funded PhD Studentship or one-year fully funded Masters by Research (MAR) studentship. Fully-funded includes fees and maintenance.

Download further information and application form


WRoCAH White Rose Network Studentship 2015/16
Beyond Charlie: Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press

The European Left, Free Speech and Anticlericalism in Political Print Culture, 1880-present
The successful project will explore anticlericalism and secularism as a form of political communication in popular periodical print culture. It will be comparative between at least two European countries, focus on questions of secularism and anti-clericalism as represented in the print culture of leftist movements and will analyse the consequences for social and political mobilization within the chosen geographical spaces.

Eligibility: Home/EU students: BA 2.1 or equivalent. A Masters degree is desirable. Applicants must have enthusiasm to participate fully in the network and its activities and a desire to engage with and benefit from the full WRoCAH cohort of students from across the three White Rose Universities (c. 80 students) at the same stage in their research, in a shared training and development programme.
Deadline: 05 June 2015 (please note the extended application deadline)
Interview date: 15 June 2015
Value of award: Full fees and full maintenance funding (fees - £4,100  maintenance - £14,057)

Download further information and application form. Applicants for study at the University of Leeds MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for a WRoCAH Network Studentship. 

Leverhulme Trust - 1 x PhD Full Scholarship

Confronting Traumatic Pasts in Contemporary Comparative / World Literatures

Major three-year research project led by Professor Stuart Taberner (German) and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project is also part of the Leeds-based Transnational Holocaust Memories network 
Eligibility:
Home/EU students: BA 2.1 or equivalent and MA or equivalent in relevant subject. If English is not the first language, then candidates must also meet the University’s English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any component. Also, good reading knowledge of German and another foreign language or English.
Deadline: 01 June 2015
Value of award: Full fees and full maintenance funding (fees - £4,100  maintenance - £14,057)

Download further information and application form

Leeds International Research Scholarship - (LIRS) Round 2

Eligibility: Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for a Leeds International Research Scholarship. 
These awards are only available to applicants who would be liable to pay academic fees at the full international fee rate;
Applicants must normally hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree and should be considered to be the ‘best of the best’ (eg, successful applicants are likely to be in the top 5% of their MSc/MA and BSC/BA cohorts and already in receipt of prizes at national or international level). 
Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. 
Applicants whose first language is not English must have already met the University’s English Language requirements by 15 June 2015 or be a current undergraduate student in their final year or a current postgraduate student at a University in an English speaking country. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum.  You should have a valid test result, which is normally no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds. 
These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree or equivalent qualification.
LIRS scholarships should not normally be held concurrently with other Scholarships which provide duplicate funding.  Successful LIRS award holders may, if they are able to obtain additional funding, hold a bursary which pays travel/accommodation costs etc for UK/overseas fieldwork visits and attendance at conferences.

Deadline: 15 June 2015
Value of award: The awards cover the full cost of international fees and provide a maintenance grant of £10,000/year

Please see here for further details

Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Scholarships

  • Eligibility: UK/EU students who hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours Degree. Applicants must be graduates of the University of Leeds.
  • Deadline: 01 June 2015 (23:59 UK time)
  • Value of award: Academic fees at the the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant (£13,863 in Session 2015/16) per annum.

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Royal Thai Embassy Scholarships

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for an MA by Research (full time and part time)
  • Deadline: 26 June 2015
  • Value of award: £12,000 to include academic fees (at Home/EU University of Leeds standard rate) and contribution towards maintenance (to include a period of up to 6 months field work in Thailand), pro-rata for part-time students.

Download further information | Download application form

Sasakawa Studentships for Japanese Studies 

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for PhD (full time and part time) and UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme including MA by research (MAR). Non-UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme.
  • Deadline: 27 February 2015
  • Value of award: £10,000
  • Enquiries: Dr Irena Hayter (i.hayter@leeds.ac.uk)  

University of Leeds Alumni Bursary

  • Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have completed a full degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) at the University of Leeds by the time they register for a postgraduate programme
  • Deadline: not applicable (please apply for the bursary before you register to study on the programme) 
  • Value of award: 10% will be deducted from your fees (at UK/EU and International rate) in each year of your programme
  • Download eligibility form
  • Contact lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk for more details

AHRC WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters Studentships

The Arts & Humanities Research Council provides funding for postgraduate study in the arts and humanities.
Two AHRC WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters Studentships will be offered for session 2015/16 for students undertaking a Master’s course at the University of Leeds.  These studentships are aimed specifically at students who intend to progress to doctoral studies.

  • Eligibility: AHRC WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters Studentships are only available to students from the UK or EU. Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree.  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study.
  • Deadline: 08 May 2015
  • Value of award: Full awards will cover the University’s academic fees at the UK/EU and a maintenance grant at the Research Council rate for full-time masters study (£13,863 per annum in 2014/15), the maintenance grant and University academic fees for part-time study will be pro-rata, together with other allowances if appropriate

Download application form and further information

Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) Scholarships

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is offering scholarships for students undertaking research MAs and PhD programmes, full-time and part-time, starting in September/October 2015.  Both Home/EU and international students are eligible to apply. The School offers postgraduate teaching and supervision by leading researchers in their fields within the disciplines and Centres listed in the further information documentation.

  • Eligibility: Available to all new UK/EU and International students undertaking full-time or part-time MA or PhD study (one-year taught Masters, Masters by Research and PhD) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds
  • Deadline: 12 June 2015
  • Value of award: Part-fee bursaries at UK/EU fee levels may be awarded to individual applicants at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee.

Download application form and details

White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (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 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.

EU students should only apply for WRoCAH funding if they are able to manage on a fees only award. Success in this competition may rule you out of selection for other UoL funding which offers EU students fees and maintenance. 

The closing deadline for the receipt of applications is Midnight GMT on 2nd February 2015. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

AHRC Fully-Funded PhD Studentship Award

Care for the Future Theme: Performing the Jewish Archive,
Jewish Archives in Exile

  • Eligibility: Home/EU students who have a BA (2:1) minimum or equivalent in an appropriate subject, and normally a Masters degree or other professional experience relevant to the scope of the project.
  • Deadline: Extended to 30 November 2014
  • Value of award: Full fees and full maintenance funding (UK/EU rate £ 13,863 for 2014/15, increasing annually), plus some expenses for approved research visits.

Download further information and application form

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Discipline Studentship (East Asian Studies only)

  • Eligibility: UK/EU students who have applied to study for an MA (taught or by research) followed by PhD (1+3) or PhD programme (+3)
  • Deadline: 3 February 2015
  • Value of award: Fees and maintenance for UK students; fees only for EU students

Further details are available here

     University Research Scholarships (x 2)

    • Eligibility: UK/EU students who are commencing PhD research study from October 2015.
    •  Deadline: 13 March 2015
    • Value of award: The Scholarships cover academic fees and an annual maintenance grant (£13,863 per annum in Session 2014/15 - full-time rate).

    Further details are available here

    University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Research Scholarships (Up to 110 Awards Available)

    Theme: Legacies of Conflict / Translating Cultures

    The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is offering up to 5 scholarships for a research project that reflect the diversity and range of the research undertaken in the School, from language and linguistics to cultural, social, political and historical themes.

    ‘Legacies of Conflict’ reflects our concern with exploring the cultural, political and social effects of current and past conflicts. ‘Translating cultures’ is to be understood as relating to all aspects of translation between different languages, including machine translation and corpus linguistics as well as the use of language and cultural production such as literature, theatre and film to convey and construct meaning across and within different national contexts and at different times.

    • Eligibility: UK/EU students who hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree.  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for a University Research Scholarship. Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language requirements. These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree
    • Deadline: 18 February 2015
    • Value of award: Awards provide academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and provide a maintenance grant (£13,863 per annum in session 2014/15)

    Applicants are strongly encouraged also to apply for funding to the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Full details of that competition can be found here

    Further details are available here or contact the Postgraduate Office in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk

    Frank Parkinson Scholarship 

    • Eligibility: The student must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years.
    • Deadline: 01 June 2015
    • Value of award: The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 per annum

    Further details are available here

    Leeds International Research Scholarship - (LIRS) Round 1

    • Eligibility: Applicants must normally hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree and should be considered to be the ‘best of the best’ (eg, successful applicants are likely to be in the top 5% of their MSc/MA and BSC/BA cohorts and already in receipt of prizes at national or international level).  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. Applicants whose first language is not English must have already met the University’s English Language requirements by 19 January 2015 or be a current undergraduate student in their final year or a current postgraduate student at a University in an English speaking country. These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number  to be eligible for a Leeds International Research Scholarship. 
    • Deadline: 19 January 2015
    • Value of award: The awards cover the full cost of international fees and provide a maintenance grant of £10,000/year
    Further details are available here

    Details of other Postgraduate scholarships at Leeds can be found here

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