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.

To receive updates when new funding and scholarships opportunities are made available please register for our newsletter.

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.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

UK/EU applicants

ESRC WR DTP AQM Studentship | Deadline 1 February 2017

For full details of the ESRC WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Studentship, including details on how to apply, please read the Information Sheet

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before making your application.

Application deadline: 1st February 2017 - 17:00 UK Time

Up to 4 Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Studentships are available for candidates planning to study and/or utilise Advanced Quantitative Methods in their research project. The full awards will cover UK/EU or International academic fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17) for full-time study (part-time study will be pro-rata), together with a Research Training Support Grant for the PhD part of the award.  Advanced Quantitative Methods students receive an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study.

Please note that applicants MUST apply for a study place at Leeds as soon as possible. All applicants  should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  After receipt of your application, the Business School will provide further advice on your suitability for either a 1+3 or +3 studentship and advise whether you are required to apply for the Masters course before commencing the PhD.

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences). Please email PhD@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for any queries

If you would like to apply for a place on a research degree programme in the Business School, please see how to apply and our entry requirements.

ESRC WR DTP Pathway Studentship | Deadline 1 February 2017

For full details of the ESRC WRDTP Pathway Studentship, including details on how to apply, please read the Information Sheet

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before making your application.

Application deadline: 1st February 2017 - 17:00 UK Time

These ESRC WRDTP Pathway Studentships are available across the entire WRDTP via open competition within interdisciplinary research pathways.

Please note that applicants MUST apply for a study place at Leeds as soon as possible. All applicants  should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  After receipt of your application, the Business School will provide further advice on your suitability for either a 1+3 or +3 studentship and advise whether you are required to apply for the Masters course before commencing the PhD.

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences). Please email PhD@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for any queries

If you would like to apply for a place on a research degree programme in the Business School, please see how to apply and our entry requirements.

Frank Parkinson Scholarship | Deadline 1 June 2017

Number of scholarships - 1 award available

Application deadline: 1 June 2017 (17:00 UK time)

Apply online once you are in receipt of your Student ID number from your PhD application.

One Frank Parkinson Scholarship will be available for a student to undertake full-time PhD study from October 2017. 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 (Endowed Scholarships)

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University Research Scholarships | Deadline 1 June 2017

Application deadline: 17:00 (UK Time) 1 June 2017  

Apply online for the University Research Scholarship once you are in receipt of your student ID Number

University Research Scholarships are available to applicants from the United Kingdom and other EU countries, who are commencing PhD research study from 1 October 2017.

Value of award: The Faculty of Business strongly encourages EU students from outside the UK to apply for these prestigious awards as they cover academic fees and (for full-time students) an annual maintenance grant of up to £14,296* (rate for Session 2016/17) subject to change and approval.

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 2017. 

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

How to apply for a University Research Scholarship

Applicants should carefully read the University Research Scholarships information sheet to determine whether they meet the eligibility criteria and full details, then complete the online application.

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Leeds University Business School International Business Fees Scholarship | Deadline 1 June 2017

Leeds University Business School: International Business Fees Scholarship

Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2017 12:00 noon (UK time)
PhD start date: 1 October 2017 or 1 February 2018
Download an application form.

Scholarship Information

This scholarship is open to UK, EU and international fee rated applicants. The award is available to support full-time or part-time PhD study commencing on either 1st October 2017 or 1st February 2018.

We particularly welcome applications in the following International Business research topics:

  • Theory of the Multinational Enterprise
  • Conflict and Litigation in International Business
  • Foreign Direct Investment in and from Emerging Economies such as China and India
  • International Strategy and Firm Competitiveness
  • Cross-Cultural Management and Language
  • Corporate Governance in the International Firm
  • Global Innovation

Number of awards: 1

Value of award: tuition fees at the relevant UK/EU or international rate.  There are no additional allowances for maintenance, travel or research costs.

How to apply

Step 1

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 to apply for a Leeds University Business School: International Business Fees Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected. To find out more information on how to apply for a place on the PhD programme please visit http://business.leeds.ac.uk/phd/how-to-apply/.

Step 2

All applicants must complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarship Application Form.

Step 3

The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application or sent with your scholarship application by the deadline date:

a) PhD application form: apply online

b) Scholarship application form: this form must be completed in full. Download an application form from the Business School website.

c) Research proposal: a 1000-2000 word document, in Word or .pdf format, outlining your proposed research topic and programme of research. Please see Writing Your Research Proposal for further details.

d) Locating your Research in Leeds University Business School Form: download the Locating Your Research Form from the Business School website

e) Two academic references: you must submit two academic letters of reference from two people who have taught you at Masters (or Bachelors) level who are able to comment on your academic ability and suitability to study on the programme. References must either:

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REFERENCES: Due to the number of applications we receive, the Business School will not contact your referees on your behalf. You or your referees must provide the completed references by the scholarship application deadline.

f) Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;

g) Certified copies of academic transcripts and full grading systems: scanned copies of the official university listing of the full set of marks contributing to the overall grade of your qualifications. If you have not yet been awarded your qualification, you must provide confirmation of your provisional marks to date.

If you have not already submitted the above documents as part of your PhD application, they must be attached to the scholarship application form. Scholarship applications will be rejected if any of the documents listed above have not been received by the deadline date.

If your application is successful, we will also require evidence that you have met our English language entry requirements prior to registration (EU/International applicants only)

 Step 4

Completed application forms should be returned to PhD@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Thursday 1st June 2017 (12:00 noon UK time)

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

Eligibility Criteria

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 a Leeds University Business School: School Scholarship.

  • For PhD study, 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
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the Business School’s minimum English Language requirements prior to registration (EU/International applicants only).
  • The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time study for 3 years, or part-time study for 5 years, leading to the degree of PhD:
  • Students who are currently registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.
  • Students who have previously been registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.
  • These awards are 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 either 1st October 2017 or 1st February 2018.
  • 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:

  • Full-Time candidates: 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.
  • Part-Time candidates: a further period of up to four 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 third year of research.

Download the 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.

Register for updates

We offer a broad range of scholarships for UK and EU 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.

International applicants

ESRC WR DTP AQM Studentship | Deadline 1 Feb 2017

For full details of the ESRC WRDTP Advanced Quantitative Studentship, including details on how to apply, please read the Information Sheet

Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before making your application.

Application deadline: 1st February 2017 - 17:00 UK Time

Up to 4 Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Studentships are available for candidates planning to study and/or utilise Advanced Quantitative Methods in their research project. The full awards will cover UK/EU or International academic fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17) for full-time study (part-time study will be pro-rata), together with a Research Training Support Grant for the PhD part of the award.  Advanced Quantitative Methods students receive an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study.

Please note that applicants MUST apply for a study place at Leeds as soon as possible. All applicants  should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  After receipt of your application, the Business School will provide further advice on your suitability for either a 1+3 or +3 studentship and advise whether you are required to apply for the Masters course before commencing the PhD.

Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences). Please email PhD@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for any queries

If you would like to apply for a place on a research degree programme in the Business School, please see how to apply and our entry requirements.

Leeds University Business School International Business Fees Scholarship | 1 June 2017

Leeds University Business School: International Business Fees Scholarship

Application deadline: Thursday 1 June 2017 12:00 noon (UK time)
PhD start date: 1 October 2017 or 1 February 2018
Download an application form.

Scholarship Information

This scholarship is open to UK, EU and international fee rated applicants. The award is available to support full-time or part-time PhD study commencing on either 1st October 2017 or 1st February 2018.

We particularly welcome applications in the following International Business research topics:

  • Theory of the Multinational Enterprise
  • Conflict and Litigation in International Business
  • Foreign Direct Investment in and from Emerging Economies such as China and India
  • International Strategy and Firm Competitiveness
  • Cross-Cultural Management and Language
  • Corporate Governance in the International Firm
  • Global Innovation

Number of awards: 1

Value of award: tuition fees at the relevant UK/EU or international rate.  There are no additional allowances for maintenance, travel or research costs.

How to apply

Step 1

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 to apply for a Leeds University Business School: International Business Fees Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected. To find out more information on how to apply for a place on the PhD programme please visit http://business.leeds.ac.uk/phd/how-to-apply/.

Step 2

All applicants must complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarship Application Form.

Step 3

The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application or sent with your scholarship application by the deadline date:

a) PhD application form: apply online

b) Scholarship application form: this form must be completed in full. Download an application form from the Business School website.

c) Research proposal: a 1000-2000 word document, in Word or .pdf format, outlining your proposed research topic and programme of research. Please see Writing Your Research Proposal for further details.

d) Locating your Research in Leeds University Business School Form: download the Locating Your Research Form from the Business School website

e) Two academic references: you must submit two academic letters of reference from two people who have taught you at Masters (or Bachelors) level who are able to comment on your academic ability and suitability to study on the programme. References must either:

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REFERENCES: Due to the number of applications we receive, the Business School will not contact your referees on your behalf. You or your referees must provide the completed references by the scholarship application deadline.

f) Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;

g) Certified copies of academic transcripts and full grading systems: scanned copies of the official university listing of the full set of marks contributing to the overall grade of your qualifications. If you have not yet been awarded your qualification, you must provide confirmation of your provisional marks to date.

If you have not already submitted the above documents as part of your PhD application, they must be attached to the scholarship application form. Scholarship applications will be rejected if any of the documents listed above have not been received by the deadline date.

If your application is successful, we will also require evidence that you have met our English language entry requirements prior to registration (EU/International applicants only)

 Step 4

Completed application forms should be returned to PhD@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Thursday 1st June 2017 (12:00 noon UK time)

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

Eligibility Criteria

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 a Leeds University Business School: School Scholarship.

  • For PhD study, 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
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the Business School’s minimum English Language requirements prior to registration (EU/International applicants only).
  • The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time study for 3 years, or part-time study for 5 years, leading to the degree of PhD:
  • Students who are currently registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.
  • Students who have previously been registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.
  • These awards are 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 either 1st October 2017 or 1st February 2018.
  • 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:

  • Full-Time candidates: 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.
  • Part-Time candidates: a further period of up to four 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 third year of research.

Download the 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.

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.