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 historypgr@leeds.ac.uk

Applications for a place of study should be made online: https://applyonline.leeds.ac.uk. 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.
http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/

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

University of Leeds

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship - 4 Awards Available 

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018

Up to 4 Leeds Doctoral Scholarships are available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study commencing PhD study from October 2018. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees at the University's standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.

Once you are in receipt of your student ID Number please apply on line:  https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/centrally-funded-research-postgraduate-scholarships-2018

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship - 2 awards available 

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018

Two AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships will be available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study commencing in October 2018. These 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. The award provides full academic fees for Home/EU rated applicants or partial fees at the Home/EU rate for international applicants and a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18).

Once you are in receipt of your student ID Number please contact your Lead School for an application form.

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.