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.

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 University Business School: Work and Employment Relations Scholarship | 16 April 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 2018, 12:00 noon (UK Time)

Download application form and information sheet 

This scholarship is open to UK/EU fee rated applicants. The award is available to support Full-Time or Part-Time PhD Study commencing on 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019 in the Work and Employment Relations division of Leeds University Business School.

We particularly welcome applications for research topics aligned with the new Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change research themes:

1.       Markets, flexibilisation and social protection 
2.       Changing nature of work 
3.       Professions, occupations and skills 
4.       Voice, (non)representation social movements 
5.       Labour mobility, migration and citizenship 
6.       Inequalities and inclusive work.

Number of awards: up to 1

Value of award: tuition fees at the relevant UK/EU rate and a maintenance grant of £14,777 per annum for full-time study in session 2018/19, part-time will be pro-rata. The amount will be reviewed annually. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

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: Work and Employment Relations Scholarships.

  • 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 degree from an overseas university), 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 awards are 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.
  • 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 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019.

  • 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:

o 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.

o 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.

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 a Leeds University Business School: School Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected. Find out more information about how to apply for a place on the PhD programme.

2. All applicants MUST complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarships Application Form. 

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

  • PhD application form: apply online.

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

  • 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:

    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. 
  • 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.

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).

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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 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.

Leeds University Business School: Economics Scholarship | 16 April 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 2018, 12:00 noon (UK Time)

Download application form and information sheet

Two scholarships (one UK/EU and one International) are available to candidates commencing full-time PhD study within the Economics Division of Leeds University Business School on either 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019.

Successful candidates will be expected, after appropriate training, to undertake teaching duties as a teaching assistant (TA) from their second year (teaching opportunities are subject to availability and are limited to a maximum of 250 hours per year).

Preference will be shown to applicants who can identify how their projects complement existing research interests and strengths in the Economics Division of the Business School. In particular, applications in the following areas are welcome: the political economy of work and job quality; well-being research; distributional analysis; the history of economic thought; economic sociology; economic history; international political economy; financial integration, financialisation and/or monetary policy in developed or developing economies; international financial system and financial regulation; financialisation and the political economy of the financial crisis; European union; Eurozone; economics of innovation, environmental innovation and/or clusters in developed or developing economies; regional development and sustainability; employee participation, ownership and equality; mutual and cooperative firms; public-private comparisons; labour supply; inter-industry and gender wage differentials and/ or gender discrimination; human capital and wages; labour market contracts and institutions.

Applications are also invited in areas related to current and past funded research projects of the Division which include:

  • FESSUD: FESSUD investigates how finance serves economic, social and environmental needs.
  • i-Build: i-Build investigates new business models to improve infrastructure systems and services and to promote regional growth and sustainable development.

Applicants are also advised to consult the Economics Division pages

Number of awards: up to 2 (one for UK/EU fee-rated candidates and one for international fee-rated candidates)

Value of award: tuition fees at the relevant UK/EU or international rate and a maintenance grant equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18, the amount will be reviewed annually).  There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

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: Economics 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 degree from an overseas university), 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/International applicants only).

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 or 1st February 2019.
  • 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 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
  2. All applicants must complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarships Application Form. 
  3. The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application or sent with your scholarship application by the deadline date:  
    • PhD application form: apply online
    • Scholarship application form: this form must be completed in full. Download an application form above.
    • 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:

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.

  1. Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;
  2. 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). 

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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 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.

Leeds University Business School: Marketing Scholarships | 16 April 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 2018, 12:00 noon (UK time)

Download application form and information sheet 

These scholarships are open to UK, EU and international fee rated applicants commencing full-time PhD study within the Marketing Division of Leeds University Business School commencing on 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019.

Number of awards: up to 4

Value of award: tuition fees at the relevant UK/EU or international rate and a maintenance grant equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18, the amount will be reviewed annually). There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

 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 degree from an overseas university), 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/International applicants only).
  • The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time study for 3 years leading to the degree of PhD:
    • Students who are currently 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 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019.
  • 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 a Leeds University Business School: Marketing 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
  2. All applicants must complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarships Application Form
  3. The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application or sent with your scholarship application by the deadline date:  
  • PhD application form: apply online
  • Scholarship application form: this form must be completed in full. Download an application form above.
  • 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:

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.

  1. Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;
  2. 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).

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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 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.

Leeds University Business School: International Business Fees Scholarship | 16 April 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 2018, 12:00 noon (UK Time)

Download application form and information sheet 

This scholarship is open to UK, EU and international fee rated applicants. The award is available to support one full-time or part-time candidate commencing PhD study within the International Business Division of Leeds University Business School on either 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019. 

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: up to 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.  

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: International Business 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 degree from an overseas university), 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/International applicants only).
  • The awards are available for new research students undertaking study 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 1st October 2018 or 1st February 2019.
  • 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.

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 a Leeds University Business School: International Business 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
  2. All applicants must complete the Leeds University Business School Scholarships Application Form. 
  3. The following documents must be uploaded with your PhD application or sent with your scholarship application by the deadline date:  
    • PhD application form: apply online
    • Scholarship application form: this form must be completed in full. Download an application form from above.
    • 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:

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.

  1. Certified copies of qualification certificates: scanned copies of all your higher education and professional qualifications;
  2. 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). 

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

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 16th April 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.

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 | 16 April 2018 (12:00 noon UK time)

Scholarship Information

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.