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:

School of History and Institute of Medieval Studies Scholarships

The School of History and the Institute for Medieval Studies offer a number of scholarships each year which are awarded as payment of fees and a maintainence grant (or as a contribution to fees for overseas students). When awarding scholarships, we consider your academic record and the quality of the research proposal submitted with your application. Your references and any relevant work experience will also be taken into account. You will need to have submitted your application before applying for this scholarship.

Deadline: 23rd January 2019.

Download the application form and guidance notes.

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship

The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship offers a number of fully funded PhD places for students across all schools in recognition of excellence and is open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants intending to commence PhD study from October 2019.

Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures has a number of scholarships available to support postgraduate researchers starting a PhD in October 2019. 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 scholarship award covers your PhD tuition fees and also provides a maintenance grant (for 2018 entry this was at a rate of £14,777).

The deadline for applications is Monday 21st April 2019 and this funding opportunity is open to UK, EU and International students. You can apply now by completing our online application form or contact the Graduate School for more information. Please note we can only accept applications for scholarships once you have applied for your chosen research degree.

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.

External funding sources

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

  • White Rose College of Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) which offers funding covering fees and a maintenence grant for UK/EU students. There are up to six awards available and the deadline for applications is 17.00 on 23rd January 2019. You will need to have received an offer of a place to study with us before applying.
  • British Chevening Scholarships offering fully funded PhD places for exceptional students from countries across the world
  • Commonwealth Scholarships  offering funding for students from Commonwealth countries