Funding and scholarships

Funding pgr english

There are a number of scholarship and funding opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for within the School of English, which are summarised below.

Further information about University-wide research opportunities can also be found at phd.leeds.ac.uk.

White Rose College of Arts and Humanities scholarships

The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

  • WRoCAH scholarships cover fees and a maintenance grant for UK/EU students
  • Two types of studentships are available: Open Competition and Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA)
  • The awards must be taken up by 1 October 2020
  • Deadline: 5pm, 29 January 2020
  • Full details on how to apply can be found on the WRoCAH website

Bonamy Dobrée scholarship

Bonamy Dobrée, Professor of English at Leeds from 1936 to 1955, is today best known for his work on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, and for a notable study of Kipling.

From the 1920s as a journalist, theatre critic and literary scholar, he was on the fringes of the Bloomsbury group, a close friend of T. S. Eliot, Leonard Woolf, and Herbert Read.

At Leeds, he is remembered as a supportive teacher and mentor, and his papers now in the Brotherton Library have proved a valuable resource for scholars.

The Dobrée scholarship will cover the fees of the successful candidate. The award is for a maximum of 3 years (full-time) on condition of satisfactory progress (reviewed at the end of the first academic year).

  • Number available: 1
  • Value: Full international fee and maintenance
  • Eligibility: International applicants with an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual element under 6.0, or a score of 94 at TOEFL iBT (with at least 21 in listening, 23 in reading and speaking and 24 in writing)
  • Deadline: 1 April 2020

Full details on how to apply can be found at phd.leeds.ac.uk.


School of English Doctoral Award

These awards are normally for up to three years' full-time study (or five years' part-time study) leading to a Doctoral Degree. This is on condition of satisfactory progress, reviewed at the end of the first academic year (full time) or second academic year (part time).

Applicants for this award should also normally apply for an AHRC-funded studentship in the School of English through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH). 

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates and particularly applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

  • Number available: 3
  • Value: Full Home/European Union fees and maintenance
  • Eligibility: Home/European Union applicants with an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual element under 6.0, or a score of 94 at TOEFL iBT (with at least 21 in listening, 23 in reading and speaking and 24 in writing)
  • Deadline: 29 January 2020

Full details on how to apply can be found at phd.leeds.ac.uk.


AHC Doctoral Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures has a number of scholarships available to support postgraduate researchers starting a PhD in October 2020.

As well as proposals in our own research areas, applications are welcome for funding of interdisciplinary research proposals across multiple schools within the faculty. 

The final closing deadline for funding applications is 1 April 2020.

Find out more about AHC Doctoral Scholarships.


Leeds Doctoral Scholarships 2020

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships are available for UK/EU students for Session 2020/21.

  • Number available: 2
  • Value: The award will cover fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees. A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate of £15,009 for Session 2020/21
  • Eligibility: UK/EU students for Session 2020/21 with a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree. Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent
  • Deadline: 11:59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020

Full details on how to apply can be found at phd.leeds.ac.uk.


Alumni Bursary

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


Other external funding sources

English research students are often eligible for funding from external bodies, popular sources including:


Doctoral loans

UK and EU students may also be eligible for the Doctoral loan, a UK government funding scheme which allows you to take out a student finance loan which you will pay back once you are earning after you graduate.