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

Decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation | Deadline 1 June

Priestley International Centre for Climate (PICC)
Decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation

Opportunity

One Scholarship available for UK/EU or international candidates in Leeds University Business School's Centre for Decision Research (CDR) and jointly with the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment for Full time PhD study commencing 1 October 2016.

Entry requirements/necessary background for students

  • You will need to meet the entry requirements for PhD in the Business School and submit a research proposal in line with the project description. See how to apply for PhD in the Business School.
  • You will need to have had some training in behavioral decision making, psychology, communication, environmental social science, or related fields.
  • You will meet the English language requirements for entry to our PhD programme; International candidates will need to meet this requirement by the application deadline itself.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria of the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships - see application form.

Proposed Supervisors

Professor Wändi Bruine de BruinProfessor Suraje Dessai and Dr Andrea Taylor

Project Description

Across the world, households, businesses and policy-makers face the challenge of adapting to a changing climate.

However, public perceptions of the risk posed by climate change and support for adaptation policies vary between and within countries.

To improve public debate and communication about climate change adaptation, it is important to understand public perceptions of climate risk and adaptation.

This project will apply insights from behavioural decision research and/or environmental social science to improve our understanding of decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation.

Key references

Moss, R. H. et al. (2013). "Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science." Science 342(6159): 696-698.

Pidgeon, N. and B. Fischhoff (2011). "The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks." Nature Clim. Change 1(1): 35-41.

Taylor, A., W. B. de Bruin and S. Dessai (2014). "Climate Change Beliefs and Perceptions of Weather-Related Changes in the United Kingdom." Risk Analysis 34(11): 1995-2004.

Taylor, A. L., S. Dessai and W. Bruine de Bruin (2014). "Public perception of climate risk and adaptation in the UK: A review of the literature." Climate Risk Management 4-5(0): 1-16.

Apply

Deadline 1 June 2016

Download an Application Form

Download the full advert

For further information please contact Matthew Armstrong M.Armstrong@leeds.ac.uk

University Research Scholarship | Deadline 1 June

Application deadline: 1st 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 1 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.

Funded +3 year PhD - Evaluation of Police Mobile Systems | Deadline 13 June

Leeds University Business School
Funded +3 year PhD - Evaluation of Police Mobile Systems

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”.

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

This project offers an opportunity to undertake research which will contribute to understanding of the process by which complex ICT systems are implemented and value obtained from them.

Research indicates that between 2003 and today virtually all police services, in common with other public and private sector organizations, 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.

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.

This issue of Information System (IS) evaluation has been identified as a problem not only for the police but also within the wider public and private sector in the UK, as well as internationally, and as a ‘thorny problem’ for scholarship.

This PhD scholarship is an opportunity to make a contribution to, and develop significant expertise in, this area as a foundation for an academic career with a significant contribution to practice.

Eligibility

The award is open to full-time candidates (UK/EU) who have been offered a place on a PhD with the Business School. 

Value of award

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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must meet the academic entry requirements for the PhD programme at Leeds University Business School. This includes a British Master’s degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university

  • with a minimum average score of 60 percent (or equivalent); and 
  • in an appropriate academic discipline

All candidates must also meet the Business School’s standard English language requirements.

The successful candidate will also be subject to personal vetting / DBS checks by West Yorkshire Police prior to appointment. This will be a condition of offer and must be met prior to commencement of the PhD.

Selection criteria

Academic merit, research potential and ability to complete the research programme. The selection panel will consist of members of the supervision team and representatives from West Yorkshire Police.

Scholarship Regulations 

  • One scholarship is available for the academic year 2016/17 and must be taken up on 1 October 2016.
  • Candidates who have already registered for a research degree are not eligible to apply.
  • The award is available to the most academically outstanding candidate wishing to undertake full-time study of this PhD offered by Leeds University Business School.  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.
  • Leeds University Business School Scholarships cannot be held in addition to any other scholarship awarded by the School. 
  • Candidates must not already hold a doctorate or equivalent. 
  • The scholarship will only be awarded once the offer of the academic place has been confirmed. 

Apply

Please download the scholarship advert for full details of the application process.

Application deadline: Monday 13 June 2016, 23:59 pm (GMT)

Download the application form.

ESRC WR DTC Collaborative Studentship: Business Innovation and New Forms of Data: Mobile Data Analysis | Deadline 30 June

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

Download an application form here: Application deadline 30th June 2016

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 entry requirements for PhD in the Business School see: http://business.leeds.ac.uk/phd/entry-requirements/; to apply for PhD in the Business School see: http://business.leeds.ac.uk/phd/how-to-apply/  
  • Preferably  with a Master Degree in Management, Information Systems, Communication and Media, Computer Science or Business Informatics
  • Minimum UK Upper Second Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent
  • 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
     
  • English Language Requirement: You will meet the English language requirements for entry to our PhD programme, - Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory.

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

Business School contact: Su Bain +44 113 3434186

How to Apply for an ESRC WR DTC Studentship at Leeds:

Applicants must first submit the relevant study application form(s) and be in receipt of a Student ID Number.  Applicants must then complete the University’s ESRC WR DTC Studentship Application Form.   This should be returned to pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk by the relevant deadline.  Further details of the application procedure and information on  other ESRC WR DTC Studentships at the University of Leeds can be found at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/postgraduate_scholarships/esrc-info

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.

A Democracy to Come? Investigating Change in Alternative Organizations | Deadline 30 June

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: Thursday 30 June 2016 (23:59 UK time)

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

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

Decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation | Deadline 1 June

Decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation - Priestley International Centre for Climate (PICC)

Opportunity

1 Scholarship available for UK/EU or international candidates in Leeds University Business School's Centre for Decision Research (CDR) and jointly with the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment for Full time PhD study commencing 1 October 2016.

Entry requirements/necessary background for students

  • You will need to meet the entry requirements for PhD in the Business School and submit a research proposal in line with the project description. See how to apply for PhD in the Business School.
  • You will need to have had some training in behavioral decision making, psychology, communication, environmental social science, or related fields.
  • You will meet the English language requirements for entry to our PhD programme; International candidates will need to meet this requirement by the application deadline itself.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria of the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships - see application form.

Proposed Supervisors

Professor Wändi Bruine de BruinProfessor Suraje Dessai and Dr Andrea Taylor

Project Description

Across the world, households, businesses and policy-makers face the challenge of adapting to a changing climate. However, public perceptions of the risk posed by climate change and support for adaptation policies vary between and within countries. To improve public debate and communication about climate change adaptation, it is important to understand public perceptions of climate risk and adaptation. This project will apply insights from behavioural decision research and/or environmental social science to improve our understanding of decision-making and preparedness for climate change, extreme weather, and adaptation.

Key references

Moss, R. H. et al. (2013). "Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science." Science 342(6159): 696-698.

Pidgeon, N. and B. Fischhoff (2011). "The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks." Nature Clim. Change 1(1): 35-41.

Taylor, A., W. B. de Bruin and S. Dessai (2014). "Climate Change Beliefs and Perceptions of Weather-Related Changes in the United Kingdom." Risk Analysis 34(11): 1995-2004.

Taylor, A. L., S. Dessai and W. Bruine de Bruin (2014). "Public perception of climate risk and adaptation in the UK: A review of the literature." Climate Risk Management 4-5(0): 1-16.

Apply

Deadline 1 June 2016

Download an Application Form

Download the full advert

For further information please contact Matthew Armstrong M.Armstrong@leeds.ac.uk

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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