Funding and Scholarships

PhD scholarships available

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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.

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.

We offer a broad range of scholarships, which are advertised at different points through the year. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates.

Funding opportunities

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships: 1 June 2018

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships are available for students who are commencing PhD study in Session 2018/19. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18).

Full-time (for UK/EU and International students) or part-time (for UK/EU students only)

Number of awards: 3

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1st June 2018, 17:00pm (UK Time)

Download the information sheet 

How to apply

  • 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: School Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected. You can find more information on how to apply for a place on the PhD programme here
  • All applicants must complete the Online Scholarship application  - see information sheet 

The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application:

  • PhD application form: apply online
  • 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.
  • Locating your Research in Leeds University Business School Form: download the Locating Your Research Form from the Business School website
  • 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:
    • be written on headed paper; or
    • bear the institution’s stamp / logo; or
    • be typed and stamped with the institution’s stamp on the University of Leeds Referee’s Report.
      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.
  • Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;
  • 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.
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.

UK/EU applicants only

Leeds University Business School SHARE Scholarship | Extended 1 June 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Extended deadline Friday 1st June 2018, 12:00 noon (UK Time)

Download application form and information sheet

This scholarship is open to UK and EU fee rated applicants commencing full-time PhD study within the Work and Employment Relations Division of Leeds University Business School commencing on 1st October 2018. The PhD researcher will also be associated with Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) within Leeds University Business School.

Number of awards: 1

Value of award: A maintenance grant of approximately £20,000* per annum (*subject to approval, the amount will be reviewed annually). 

Project information

The research will be conducted within the ERC Starting Grant project SHARE - Seizing the Hybrid Areas of work by Representing self-Employment. The research project will explore from a socio-legal perspective the ways in which solo self-employed workers engage with the various layers of regulation that shape the framework of rights and obligations that are relevant to them. The postgraduate researcher will have access to a rich set of qualitative data generated through ethnographic studies conducted within unions and solo self-employed associations in six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, the Netherlands and United Kingdom). S/he will work in an interdisciplinary environment and in close collaboration with the supervisory team and the other members of the SHARE project.

  Supervisory team

Applicants with queries about this PhD project and scholarship opportunity can contact Dr Elizabeth Oliver or Dr Annalisa Murgia for further information.

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 the Leeds University Business School SHARE 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.

·         Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the Business School’s minimum English Language requirements prior to registration (EU applicants only).

·         The applicant should be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience relevant to socio-legal studies.

·         The award is available for new research students undertaking full-time study for 3 years leading to the degree of PhD:

o   Students who are currently registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.

o   Students who have previously been registered for PhD research study are not eligible for this competition.

o   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 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 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

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 the Leeds University Business School SHARE 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/.

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

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)      SHARE 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. In your proposal, you should address how you would approach the research of the SHARE project, the current literature and your proposed methodology. You should also indicate how you plan to create connections between the socio-legal perspective and the other approaches used in the project (i.e. ethnographic studies, quantitative analysis).  Please see Writing Your Research Proposal for further details.

d)      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:

o be written on headed paper; or

o bear the institution’s stamp / logo; or

o be typed and stamped with the institution’s stamp on the University of Leeds Referee’s Report.

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.

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

f)        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 applicants only).

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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 1st June 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

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

Technology innovation and social innovation for the adoption of open-source eHealth systems in urban slums | 1 June 2018

Project description


Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have a great potential to improve the provision of healthcare in low-income and lower middle income countries (LMICs). Despite the availability of open source solutions, the uptake of EMRs in many LMICs remains slow. Recent research points to the importance of social and organisational barriers to the proliferation of EMRs. The development and adoption of appropriate solutions depends on an in-depth understanding of the contexts in which they are to be used. While open source platforms allow for the customization of modular software systems, questions remain about how this is best achieved. We still know little about how open source EMR systems are developed, adapted and implemented - and how they shape the work of healthcare professionals working in low-resource settings.
This project, aligned with the Cities and Health themes, addresses this research gap through an investigation of the role of local organisations – and in particular (social) enterprises – in the development, adaptation and adoption of EMR systems for urban slum settings in India and Kenya.

Scholarship Information

Please visit the School of Computing Postgraduate Research Opportunities page for more information, including entry requirements and how to apply.