Funding and Scholarships

We offer a range of PhD funding opportunities across all of our subject areas

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Each year we offer a range of funding opportunities across all of our PhD areas. Below are some of the scholarships currently available, however we are expecting more opportunities to be advertised in the near future.

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There are also more specific scholarships administered by the University which you can find out more about at: scholarships.leeds.ac.uk 

Once you have submitted your online research degree application, a unique BANNER/ Student ID Number will be automatically generated and emailed to you. As soon as you receive this number, you can submit your chosen scholarship application/s using this number on the application form.

UK/EU applicants

A Democracy to Come? Investigating Change in Alternative Organizations | Deadline 2 May

Leeds University Business School PhD Scholarship
A Democracy to Come? Investigating Change in Alternative Organizations

Project Information

Leeds University Business School is seeking a talented and highly motivated doctoral researcher to work on a project related to Dr Martyn Griffin’s ESRC Future Research Leaders (FRL) Grant Award. The FRL project is entitled “A Democracy to Come? Investigating Change in Alternative Organizations” and is running from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2019. The candidate would begin their related but independent project on 1 October 2016. They will be supervised by Dr Griffin and would join and integrate with the activities of the newly created Workplace Behaviour Research Centre led by Prof. Kerrie Unsworth.  

The ESRC Future Research Leaders project explores how organizations make the transition from top-down hierarchical workplaces to adopt democratic structures with increased employee power. It considers the opportunities and challenges that organizations face once they have made the transition and are attempting to initiate and pursue change with less hierarchy and more employee freedom and control.

The project involves over 20 alternative organizations and hundreds of workers within alternative organizations. It documents the experience of self-proclaimed ‘alternative’ organizations, their members and coaches as they initiate and pursue change within the workplace. In doing so, it provides a radical exploration of the opportunities and challenges faced by employees, elected leaders, coaches and HR professionals whilst adopting and sustaining democratic organizations.

Related to this award, we are offering one funded PhD scholarship within Leeds University Business School.

Supervised by Dr Martyn Griffin the proposed doctoral study will explore the challenges and opportunities of establishing alternative organizations that work with democratic and non-hierarchical models of management. The study will be able to draw on their existing contacts and/or those of the supervisory team to build an independent research project in this area.

We welcome proposals that utilise innovative qualitative methods and critical conceptual insights to explore an original and inspiring research question within these organizations. While the broad focus of the study should be alternative organizational systems which reject traditional hierarchical management (including but not limited to co-operatives, sociocracies, holacracies and other models of democratic or self-management) the specific focus of the project is entirely open for the candidate to propose. The project might, for instance, explore the intersection of aspects like power, freedom and/or control in alternative organizations. It might explore the challenges of maintaining a culture in an alternative organization or the complexities of gender, ethnicity and/or disability in alternative organizations. It might mix these (and other) themes in new and unexpected ways. The applicant is free to develop a proposal within these broad confines to develop a project that will provide interesting and inspiring insights to the field. 

Applications are welcomed from any social science (or related) discipline, although candidates must have already achieved the required level of research training (usually by the attainment of a Masters) and should have some training in qualitative methods. 

Candidates must also have an interest in democratic and non-hierarchical organizations, given the substantive foci of the potential supervisory panel.

The scholarship must commence on 1 October 2016.

Supervisors

Dr Martyn Griffin (second supervisor Prof. Virginie Pérotin)

Scholarship Information

Number of awards:

Value of award: Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,250 for 2016/17) and a maintenance grant of £14,296* per annum (*subject to approval and change).  There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This scholarship is open to UK/EU fee-rated applicants commencing full-time PhD study within Leeds University Business School on 1 October 2016.
  • Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a University BANNER ID Number (Student ID Number) to be eligible for this Leeds University Business School PhD Scholarship.
  • Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree and a British Masters degree, (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate academic discipline, with a minimum average score of 60 per cent (or equivalent).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the Business School’s minimum English Language requirements prior to registration (EU applicants only).
  • This award is not open to individuals who have already been awarded a PhD degree.

Scholarship regulations

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

  • Awards must be taken up on 1st October 2016.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.
  • The award will be made for one year in the first instance and is renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress and on condition that you have been successful in the “transfer” process and you are eligible for full PhD registration at the start of your second year of research.

How to Apply

Download the full scholarship advert.

Download the application form.

Closing date for applications: Monday 2 May 2016 (23:59 UK time)

Any application received after the deadline date or without a full set of documents as listed will be rejected.

Evaluation of Mobile Systems & Mobile Analytics | Deadline 2 May

Leeds University Business School
Funded 3 year PhD - Evaluation of Mobile Systems & Mobile Analytics

Leeds University Business School and the N8 Policing Research Partnership (N8 PRP) invites applications from prospective postgraduate research students who wish to commence study for a PhD on 1 October 2016.

This collaborative studentship is one of nine being supported by the N8 PRP – as part of a Higher Education Council for England funded programme “Innovation and the Application of Knowledge for More Effective Policing”. More information about this programme is provided below.

You will be a member of a mutually supportive research community of postgraduate researchers engaged in collaborative PhDs that have been designed in conjunction with policing partners. You will also be part of an innovative training network supported by the N8 PRP through which you will benefit from advanced training, methods and skills development. 

Project details

Mobile data systems have been and continue to be an area of significant investment for UK Police Forces. Research undertaken by Allen and Norman indicates that in 2003 47% of police services in England and Wales had invested in mobile data systems, this had increased to 75% in 2006 and by 2012 all police services were actively engaged in deploying some form of mobile data system. Despite this activity and the significant investment it entailed the effective evaluation of the influence of these information systems on the performance of policing has been and remains a problematic area for the services. Evaluation is often not undertaken or is carried out ineffectively or inefficiently and best practice does not seem to be effectively transferred between forces. Information System (IS) evaluation has been identified as a problem not only for the police but also within the wider public sector in the UK and as a ‘thorny problem’ for scholarship.

The current generation of mobile systems being deployed within UK police services provide new forms of data which can be used to evaluate the influence these systems have on the performance of policing. These include location data, social media transactions, electronic notebooks or data drawn from the use of body worn cameras. While there is emerging practice within the police services in the use of analytics to understand such transactional data this remains embryonic. Equally, the use of mobile systems also illuminates data that was gathered but was unavailable or inaccessible to analysis. This data can now be used to measure or understand performance. Few of these are, however, incorporated into ‘conventional’ evaluation models and processes.

The purpose of this study is to understand and explore the mechanisms by which forces are evaluating their mobile systems and the measures and data sources that they are using. An in depth exploration of practice in the nominated force will allow for the development of more effective approaches to evaluation and, through action research, the validation of these in a practice setting.

Scholarship details

The award is open to full-time candidates (UK/EU) who have been offered a place on a PhD with the Business School. The value of the award is equivalent to the cost of Home/EU rated course fees (£4,250 in 2016/17) plus an annual stipend of £14,296. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

Please read the full scholarship advert for further details of eligibility criteria and scholarship regulations .

Applicants must complete a university study application form as well as the school scholarship application form. 

Closing date for applications: Monday 2 May 2016, 23:59 pm (GMT).

Download the application form.

University Research Scholarship | Deadline 2 June

Application deadline: 2nd June 2016  

Download University Postgraduate Research Scholarship application form

University Research Scholarships are available to applicants from the United Kingdom and other EU countries, who are commencing PhD research study from 1 October 2016.

Value of award: The Faculty of Business strongly encourages non-UK EU students to apply for these prestigious awards as they cover academic fees and (for full-time students) an annual maintenance grant of up to £14,057* (rate for Session 2015/16) subject to change and approval. See URS information sheet for full details.

The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time or part-time study leading to the degree of PhD commencing from 1 October 2016. 

Minimum academic requirements: standard entry requirement to the PhD Programme in the Faculty of Business

How to apply for a University Research Scholarship

Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a University BANNER ID Number to be eligible for a University Research Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected.  

Applicants should carefully read the University Research Scholarships information sheet to determine whether they meet the eligibility criteria, then complete the University Postgraduate Research Scholarship application form. Completed forms (must be typed) should be returned in either Word or pdf format by email to pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk by the closing date.

Frank Parkinson Scholarship | Deadline 2 June

Number of scholarships - 1 award available

Application deadline: 1 June 2016 (23:59 UK time)

Download Frank Parkinson Scholarship application form

One Frank Parkinson Scholarship will be available for a student to undertake full-time PhD study from October 2016. Beneficiaries under the Fund must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years.  The years of domicile need not be successive, but must amount to ten in the aggregate.  All candidates will be required to supply proof of eligibility in respect of British nationality and the Yorkshire domicile of parents.

The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and provides a maintenance grant of £12,000 a year.

For the full eligibility criteria see Frank Parkinson Scholarship information sheet.

Alumni bursary

What is it?

If you have obtained a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree award from the University of Leeds, you may be eligible to receive the University of Leeds Alumni Bursary. Please view the terms and conditions to see if you are eligible.

How much is it worth?

The University will pay 10% of your tuition fees for each year you are registered and studying on the course (pro rata for part year programmes). The bursary will not be applied in the overtime (writing-up) period for research degree students.

The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards; the 10% bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining ie after other scholarship and awards have been deducted.

How do I apply?

If you have read the terms and conditions and think you are eligible to receive the alumni bursary, you need to email phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk with information regarding your former studies, the course you have applied for and how you are funded for your tuition fees. We will need to verify that you are a former student and you will need to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions and are self financing for your tuition fees. You may be asked to provide evidence of your former University of Leeds award.

If your course is of more than one year's duration you will not have to re-apply for the bursary each year.

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International applicants

Alumni bursary

What is it?

If you have obtained a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree award from the University of Leeds, you may be eligible to receive the University of Leeds Alumni Bursary. Please view the terms and conditions to see if you are eligible.

How much is it worth?

The University will pay 10% of your tuition fees for each year you are registered and studying on the course (pro rata for part year programmes). The bursary will not be applied in the overtime (writing-up) period for research degree students.

The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards; the 10% bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining ie after other scholarship and awards have been deducted.

How do I apply?

If you have read the terms and conditions and think you are eligible to receive the alumni bursary, you need to email phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk with information regarding your former studies, the course you have applied for and how you are funded for your tuition fees. We will need to verify that you are a former student and you will need to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions and are self financing for your tuition fees. You may be asked to provide evidence of your former University of Leeds award.

If your course is of more than one year's duration you will not have to re-apply for the bursary each year.

Register for updates

We offer a broad range of scholarships for International candidates which are advertised at different points through the year. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates when new funding opportunities are made available.