Joining our academic community

As a postgraduate researcher here you have the chance to work in one of the largest departments of history in the UK and a leading centre for historical research. The 2014 Research Assessment Exercise judged 85 per cent of our research as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', and a recent survey placed us among the top fifty History departments in the world.

We have particular strengths in Medieval, European, Modern British, International, and Wider World history (especially the history of Africa, the Caribbean, East and South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States of America). We have further information on applying and our scholarships within these pages.

You will have the chance to flourish within the supportive environment of a research-led university and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Graduate School. We sustain a vigorous research culture with regular seminars given by invited academics, staff and current research students which will expose you to the latest historical research.

As a postgraduate researcher you will be joining a vibrant community and there are many opportunities for getting involved in the wider life of the School, whether it be mentoring undergraduate dissertation students, teaching, attending student-led seminars, or simply socialising with other postgraduates.

If you have any general enquiries regarding applications to join us as a postgraduate researcher please contact us

Applications for a place of study should be made online: Once you have begun your application you can begin to prepare an application for funding. Funding is available through the School of History and IMS Scholarships and through WRoCAH – the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. The deadlines for both competitions is 24 January 2018.

School of History and IMS Scholarships

School of History and IMS Scholarships are available to students seeking to begin their studies in 2018-19. These pay fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (£14,553 in 2017-18).

Download the guidance notes for the School of History and IMS Scholarships. Before you begin your application, you need to ensure you have applied for a place of study and have a 9-digit University ID Number. The Scholarship application form is here. Please also ensure that your prospective supervisor has completed a supporting statement. This can be downloaded here. The deadline for the submission of both your application form and the supervisor’s supporting statement is 5pm on 24 January, 2018.

WRoCAH Scholarships

WRoCAH is a consortium of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York and it is responsible for disbursing PhD Scholarship funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. WRoCAH scholarships pay fees and a maintenance grant at the RCUK rate and give you access to further funding and professionalization opportunities during the course of your PhD.

Once you have been offered a place of study at the University of Leeds, you can begin your application to WRoCAH. The WRoCAH website has further information, including guidance notes on how to complete an application.

Make sure you have the advice of your intended supervisor as you prepare your applications, both to the School and the WRoCAH competitions.

Find out more about Scholarships and funding

Postdoctoral fellowship applications

We are keen to support well-conceived postdoctoral fellowship projects, and Early Career Fellowships.  If you wish to apply for these via the School of History, please be aware that you should prepare the application well in advance and inform the School during this process.  This might mean preparing an application in anticipation of the call by the British Academy, Leverhulme etc. The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships favour candidates who show evidence of 'mobility' between institutions.

Please contact the School in advance if you wish to apply for the above fellowships.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Graduate School

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Graduate School brings together postgraduate research students working across the Faculty. We offer computing facilities, social space and seminar rooms for students to mix, exchange ideas and create interdisciplinary networks.

The Graduate School is here to help you make the most of your time as a postgraduate research student and help you develop whilst you are studying with us.