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 Sunday 14 August

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

Application deadline: Sunday 14 August 2016
Download an application form.

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: Sunday 14 August 2016 (23:59 UK time)

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

ESRC Project - Business Innovation and New Forms of Data: Mobile Data Analysis | Deadline 31 August 2016

ESRC WR DTC Collaborative Studentships
Business Innovation and New Forms of Data: Mobile Data Analysis

Application deadline: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Download an application form.

Project Description

As information and communication technologies (ICTs) are constantly evolving and users are being exposed to increasing amounts of data, knowing how to process such data to generate information in contexts such as health care, health care research and emergency response is a perplexing challenge.

To deliver value in these areas requires the effective utilization of data among a complex array of different actors that often do not have the time nor ability to coordinate information and knowledge exchange. Thus, the development and implementation of ICT innovations capable of supporting this is an important endeavour.

However, reaching this goal is particularly challenging as ICT-mediated innovation unfolds as a complex process associated with non-linear paths, design-implementation gaps, and coordination problems caused by interests of multiple involved stakeholders, power shifts, user modifications and improvisational use of ICTs in practice.

Furthermore, technologies that combine and transform data are argued to have transformative and performative impacts that go beyond the ones originally designed.

There is a lack of research on the effective use of data generated by ICT innovations in complex contexts such as health care and emergency medicine. Furthermore, extant research has mainly focused on the post-hoc ICT use in emergency contexts thus failing to incorporate the full innovation circle from innovation development to its implementation and post implementation use and modifications by users.

This research will focus on the development of new business service predicated on the use of new type of data generation and analysis by mobile technologies.

The research will increase the understanding of the process and patterns of effective data use generated by ICT innovation as it unfolds in real time build on all phases of innovation development and implementation and take all the associated complexities, multiple actors and impacts into account.

The project will be undertaken in collaboration with Codigital Ltd, which provides a novel data processing platform for facilitating the optimized generation, evaluation, analysis and exchange of innovative ideas among large and different (groups) of users who might generate and exchange data on the go and across different geographical and time zones.

The platform has an important implication potential for emergency contexts where there is a need for a variety of actors (e.g. emergency workers, doctors, hospital administration and policy makers) to effectively generate, evaluate and coordinate information and ideas.

Expected outcomes of the study will allow exploration of compatibility and value of new sources of data generation and analysis to deliver real value around smarter environments, safer cities and neighbourhoods.

Project Partner

Codigital Limited

Principle supervisor

Dr Aljona Zorina (Email contact a.zorina@leeds.ac.uk / Tel no +44 113 3430291)

Project entry requirements

  • You will need to meet the PhD programme entry requirements and submit a complete Business School PhD application
  • You will preferably have a Master Degree in Management, Information Systems, Communication and Media, Computer Science or Business Informatics
  • You will have a minimum UK Upper Second Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent
  • You will meet the English language requirements for entry to our PhD programme. Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory.
  • Expected competences/knowledge:
    - Information Systems
    - Organisational Behaviour
    - Knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis
    - Previous work experience in IT industry is considered as an asset

What is the value of the scholarship?

Full awards will cover UK/EU academic fees and a tax-free maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,057 in Session 2015/16) for full-time study, together with other allowances if appropriate.

EU applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

How to apply

Contact

For admissions information please email phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

Business School contact: Su Bain +44 113 3434186

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.