Funding and scholarships


We have a range of funding available to support you in funding your postgraduate study. You can find out more about the full range of funding opportunities currently available through our dedicated scholarships database.

Popular sources of funding for our PhD students include:

  • WRoCAH Arts and Humanities Research Council Open Competition and Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships
  • Leeds Doctoral Scholarship
  • Leeds Insitute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC)
  • China Scholarship Council – University of Leeds Scholarships 
  • J E Ackroyd Scholarship.

For up to date information on the Scholarships, and how to apply, please visit the funding opportunities database.

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former undergraduate student of the University of Leeds, you may be eligible for our 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC)

Six scholarships are available to UK applicants applying to study a PhD within the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), hosted by the School of Design.

These are highly competitive scholarships consisting of the award of fees with an annual maintenance grant of £17,688 for three years and a significant element of training expenses in order to support doctoral research students and enable them to develop skills in analysis of different types of data using a range of techniques and approaches.

The deadline to apply for the 2023/24 academic year has now passed. Please check back later in the year for more information about Scholarships for 2024/25.

For more information, please contact the Graduate School Office at

Other external funding sources

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you start a postgraduate doctoral course you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan.


Our postgraduate research fees are set independently and reviewed on an annual basis. For the latest information, visit the University’s PhD fees website