If you are a UK or EU student you may be able to apply for Research Council funding. Please contact the school at which you intend to study and they will tell you how to apply and inform you of any deadlines. Candidates should not apply directly to the Research Councils.

The UK's seven Research Councils provide funding to support excellent research in all academic disciplines.

Arts and Humanities Research Council

More than 300 PhD studentships are available from 2014/15 at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York as part of a doctoral training partnership. This has been made possible by £19m of funding from the AHRC to the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

To apply for an AHRC studentship you must have applied for a place at the University and have discussed your funding application with your prospective school. You can only apply to one of the Universities in the partnership.

Find out more and apply

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Postgraduate awards are available through the BBSRC in areas including animal welfare, environmental change, food security, nanotechnology, obesity, ageing, stem cell research and plants.

Find out more on the BBSRC website

You can apply for three or four-year studentships. These include: doctoral training partnerships, CASE studentships, targeted priority studentships, industrial CASE studentships and strategic skills awards.

UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering academic fees at the UK/ EU rate and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than three years prior to the start of the course. For more information about eligibility contact the postgraduate scholarships office

All application enquiries should be made as soon as possible to the school at which you intend to study. Some schools will set internal closing dates for receipt of applications.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The EPSRC provides postgraduate awards in the areas of chemistry, physics, mathematics and the engineering sciences.

Find out more on the EPSRC website

Funding opportunities include:

  • Doctoral training partnerships: these awards are normally for PhD study for a period of 3.5 years. They may be offered in collaboration with industry
  • Centres for Doctoral Training: these awards are for a four-year integrated PhD. Find out more
  • Industrial CASE studentships: these studentships enable research students to gain experience outside academia

UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering academic fees at the UK/ EU rate and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than three years prior to the start of the course. For more information about eligibility contact the postgraduate scholarships office

All application enquiries should be made as soon as possible to the school at which you intend to study. Some schools will set internal closing dates for receipt of applications.

Economic and Social Research Council

The ESRC is the main provider of postgraduate awards in the areas of economic and social sciences.

The University has been allocated a number of studentships as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC), a major collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York with a total of 48 ESRC studentships per year over five years. The WR DTC is one of the largest consortia in the country and offers a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences as well as numerous training opportunities, particularly focused upon maximising the social and economic benefits of research. These studentships are held in certain clusters or pathways and are normally available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis, depending on the chosen pathway.

1+3 Studentships consist of a full-time integrated research-training Masters with a  three year PhD programme.

+3 Studentships are for full-time three year PhD study for applicants who have already completed an ESRC recognised Masters degree or appropriate research training programme.

Medical Research Council

The MRC provides postgraduate awards within medical or related biological subjects.

Find out more on the MRC website

The MRC funds postgraduate research training via doctoral training partnerships and through competitions open to research organisations.

  • Doctoral training partnerships: these studentships provide funding for up to four years PhD study and may be on a part-time basis.
  • Industrial CASE Studentships are also available with industrial placements, jointly supervised by a university and industry partner

UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering academic fees at the UK/ EU rate and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than three years prior to the start of the course.

For more information about eligibility, contact the postgraduate scholarships office

All application enquiries should be made as soon as possible to the school at which you intend to study. Some schools will set internal closing dates for receipt of applications.

Natural Environment Research Council

The NERC provides postgraduate awards in the scientific aspects of the natural environment, including the climate system, biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources, earth system science, natural hazards, environment, pollution and human health, and technologies.

Find out more on the NERC website

Funding opportunities include:

  • Doctoral training partnerships: these awards are normally for PhD study for a period of 3.5 years
  • Industrial CASE studentships: these studentships enable research students to gain experience outside academia
  • Research grant project studentships: a research grant may also include funding for a project student. The student's research project will be closely associated with the work carried out in the grant. A project studentship may be held as a CASE award, if appropriate.

UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering academic fees at the UK/ EU rate and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than three years prior to the start of the course.

For more information about eligibility, contact the postgraduate scholarships office

All application enquiries should be made as soon as possible to the school at which you intend to study. Some schools will set internal closing dates for receipt of applications.

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The STFC supports research in areas such as astronomy, biology and medicine, computational science, energy research, environment; particle physics, nuclear physics and space science. Find out more on the STFC website

The following funding opportunities are available:

  • Standard research studentships: these awards are normally for PhD study for a minimum of 3 years and are funded in the form of a doctoral training partnership.
  • CASE studentships: these studentships enable research students to gain experience outside academia.
  • CASE-Plus studentships: these studentships operate in the same way as CASE studentships but include a fourth year working full-time for the co-operating body.
  • Other types of research studentships: includes Aurora Studentships. Find out more on the STFC website

UK students will be eligible for a full award, covering academic fees at the UK/ EU rate and a maintenance grant. EU candidates will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in exceptional circumstances or where residency in the UK has been established for more than three years prior to the start of the course. For more information about eligibility, contact the postgraduate scholarships office

All application enquiries should be made as soon as possible to the school at which you intend to study. Some schools will set internal closing dates for receipt of applications.

A number of Centres for Doctoral Training are based at Leeds and you may be able to obtain funding if you are considering research in these areas. Find out more