Funding and scholarships

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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:

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship

The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship offers a number of funded scholarships across many disciplines and is awarded in recognition of excellence. 

  • Number of scholarships available: 2
  • Value: Home/EU fees plus a maintenance payment at RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019/20) 
  • Eligibility: Home/EU candidates
  • English Language Requirements: The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in any of the Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

How to apply: 

For further information please email historypgr@leeds.ac.uk.
Deadline: applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2020.

School of History Scholarship

We are delighted to offer four School of History scholarship opportunities. These Scholarships are open to applicants who plan to start their PhD in October 2020. Winners will receive fees at the Home/EU rate and a maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019-20). International recipients may opt to amalgamate the fee and maintenance payments to cover overseas fees but are urged to consider this carefully. Applications are welcomed from full and part-time students (payments will be scaled pro-rata for part-time applicants). More information.

  • Number of scholarships available: 4
  • Value: Home/EU fees plus a maintenance payment at RCUK rate (15,009 in 2019/20).  
  • Eligibility: Home/EU/International (please note that only Home/EU fee rate is awarded)
  • English Language Requirements: English Language Requirements: The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in any of the Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

How to apply:
You must have applied for a place of study for a PhD with the School and we must have received the following by the deadline of 29 January 2020 17:00:

Information and advice is available from historypgr@leeds.ac.uk regarding both the PhD and scholarship application forms.
Deadline: 29 January 2020

China Scholarship Council – University of Leeds Scholarships 2020

At least 15 China Scholarship Council/University of Leeds Scholarships are available for International fee paying students who are nationals of the People's Republic of China in any Faculty within the University of Leeds. Some of the available projects are listed below. The fully funded research scholarship is available for 3 years full-time. More information.

  • Number available: at least 15
  • Value:  International fees, maintenance, flight and visa costs.
  • Eligibility:  Please refer to the advert for full details of eligibility criteria, however please note that:
    • 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, ie a Chinese student currently in their last year of postgraduate study at the University of Leeds (applicants should submit the required documentation via the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in the UK – further details are provided on www.csc.edu.cn) or working at a Chinese University or company;
  • English Language Requirements: The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in any of the Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

How to apply:  

Deadline: Wednesday 8 January 2020

AHC Doctoral Scholarships

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.

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.

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
     

Other external funding sources

History postgraduates are often eligible for funding from external bodies, popular sources including:

  • Commonwealth Scholarships offering funding for students from Commonwealth countries
  • Doctoral loans offering loans for UK and EU students, 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.