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.

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 an Information sheet for the ESRC WR DTP Advanced Quantitative Studentship (AQM) as well as application information for the Studentships.

(Please read the eligibility criteria carefully).

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

Up to 4 AQM Studentships (across entire WRDTP via Open Competition), which are available to applicants who intend to use Advanced Quantitative Methods in their project (in particular using large-scale datasets).

The Full awards will cover UK/EU and 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 other allowances if appropriate. There is also an enhanced stipend of £3,000 pa.

Please note that applicants MUST apply for a study place at Leeds as soon as possible – if applying on a +3 basis, applicants should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  If applying on a 1+3 basis applicants  should apply for a place on a research degree programme for the 201718 academic session so that suitability to the 1+3 programme can be considered.

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 an Information sheet for the ESRC WR DTC Pathway Studentship  as well as application information for the Studentships.

(Please read the eligibility criteria carefully).

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

These Pathway Studentships available across 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 – if applying on a +3 basis, applicants should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  If applying on a 1+3 basis applicants should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2018 so that suitability to the 1+3 programme can be considered.

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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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

China Scholarship Council | 6 Jan 2017

Application deadline 17:00 (UK time) 6th January 2017

You can apply online once you are in receipt of your Student ID Number. Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a valid University student ID Number to be eligible.

These awards are available for high quality international Postgraduate Researchers who will be commencing PhD research study for an 1 October 2017 start date in the Business School. (Academic session 2017-2018)

Eligibility criteria

Please read this information carefully, as your application form will be automatically rejected if you do not meet ALL of the eligibility criteria listed below 

  • These awards are available to applicants who would be liable to pay academic fees at the full international fee rate;
  • These awards are only available to citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application;
  • Applicants must normally either be studying at a Chinese University, although there are a limited number of scholarship places open to Chinese Postgraduate Researchers currently in their last year of postgraduate study overseas (applicants should sumit the required documentation via the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in the UK – see further details) or working at a Chinese University or company;
  • Applicants must agree to return to China upon completion of their PhD research degree at the University of Leeds;
  • Applicants must satisfy the selection criteria set out by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) by completing the CSC Application Form and CSC Employer Reference Form which can be found here (the application period for the CSC maintenance award is in late March/April), ensuring that the correct Scholarship has been selected– CSC-Leeds Joint Programme Channel (not the Individual Channel), as there are several different schemes;
  • Applicants must normally hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree and should be considered to be the ‘best of the best’ (eg successful applicants are likely to be in the top 5% of their MSc/MA and BSc/BA cohorts and already in receipt of prizes at national or international level).  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have already met the University’s English Language requirements by 6 January 2017 or be a current undergraduate student in their final year or a current postgraduate student at a University in an English speaking country. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum.  You should have a valid test result, which is normally no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds.  See the entry requirements for the Business School;
  • These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Successful scholarship award holders must not hold another Scholarship (other than a China Scholarship Council scholarship).

See information sheet for full criteria details

Apply now

ESRC WR DTP AQM Studentship | Deadline 1 Feb 2017

For an Information sheet for the ESRC WR DTP Advanced Quantitative Studentship (AQM) as well as application information for the Studentships.

(Please read the eligibility criteria carefully).

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

Up to 4 AQM Studentships (across entire WRDTP via Open Competition), which are available to applicants who intend to use Advanced Quantitative Methods in their project (in particular using large-scale datasets).

The Full awards will cover UK/EU and 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 other allowances if appropriate. There is also an enhanced stipend of £3,000 pa.

Please note that applicants MUST apply for a study place at Leeds as soon as possible – if applying on a +3 basis, applicants should apply for a place on a research degree programme commencing 1 October 2017.  If applying on a 1+3 basis applicants should apply for a place on a research degree programme for the 201718 academic session so that suitability to the 1+3 programme can be considered.

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.

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.