Research Scholarships (Arts, Humanities and Cultures)

AHRC Doctoral Studentships

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The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities 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, and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

In 2017/18, the University of Leeds is able to nominate up to 52 candidates for AHRC studentships.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

Application Closing Date: 17:00 (UK time) 1st February 2017

Scholarship Value

Academic Fees
The award will cover fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate.
(Fees may rise during the course of your candidature: this will be by no more than the rate of inflation, calculated according to the Retail Price Index).

£14,296 in Session 2016/17+ for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata.
(The amount increases per annum in line with the Research Council UK rate which is announced on

Project Support Grant
Research expenses, travel and conference costs.

Duration of Scholarship

3 years in total full-time*

*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;

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number. Applicants without a valid Student ID Number will be rejected. To apply for a place of study please visit:
  • 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. 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. Examples of an acceptable English Language Standard can be found at:
  • These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree.


These include the following (full information on the regulations will be sent to all successful applicants):

  • Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2017;
  • The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from this competition;
  • A Project Support Grant will be provided, which should be used at the discretion of the supervisors to support the research expenses, travel and conference costs of the student as well as the supervisor’s expenses in attending supervisory meetings;
  • The award holders will be registered as research degree students at the University of Leeds and will be bound by the regulations of this University;
  • Each student project will be supervised by two members of academic staff, one from the University of Leeds and one from either the University of Sheffield or the University of York. The available projects are given above;
  • In order to encourage collaboration, both supervisors and the research student are required to meet together at least 6 times in each session. The amount of time spent in each University will depend upon the specific demands of the project;
  • The University of the second supervisor will provide full access to its facilities on the same basis as it would to its own research interests;
  • The intellectual property right arising from the research will belong absolutely to the two Universities that are providing the supervision. The students must agree to take such action as may be required (at no cost to themselves) to vest the title and interest in all property rights in the two Universities. In turn, the Universities acknowledge that out of any sums derived by the exploitation of any invention or discovery they will make due recompense to the student for his/her contribution to the invention or discovery.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.

How to apply

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website.

In order to be considered for an AHRC WRoCAH studentship, applicants are strongly advised to submit their application for a place of study at the University by 19th January 2017 at the latest.

Applications received after this date will still be considered, but Schools cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time to authorise an AHRC WRoCAH studentship application. 

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2017.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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  1. Scholarship Funding
  2. AHRC Doctoral Studentships
  3. University of Leeds Scholarships
  4. Faculty of Arts Graduate School Scholarships