Scholarships

Scholarships | School of Languages, Cultures and Societies | University of Leeds

There are a number of scholarship and funding opportunities that you could be eligible to apply for. The University's scholarship database has a full list of all opportunities and information on how to apply.

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Studentship Award for Excellence (SAFE)

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies will offer up to four fully funded (fees at H/EU rate) and maintenance (£15,243) awards for exceptionally well qualified candidates for PhD or MA by Research.

Available for full and part-time (awards paid pro-rata) study.  

For informal enquiries please contact lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2020 entry.

Royal Thai Embassy/ University of Leeds Scholarships for MA by Research Degree Study in Thai Studies

The Royal Thai Embassy/University of Leeds Scholarship offers one scholarship of £15,000 for postgraduate MA by Research studies commencing October 2020.

The scholarship continues the generous support for Thai Studies which the University of Leeds has received from the Royal Thai Embassy in London since the introduction of the subject area in 2004. 

  • The Embassy offers one scholarship for UK/EU or International postgraduate students to support their studies in the field of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds to include fieldwork in Thailand of up to 6 months, as part of an MA by Research degree.
  • The Scholarship will provide fees at the UK/EU rate and monthly maintenance to include expenses incurred during the fieldwork period in Thailand.
  • The Scholarship is open to full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months) candidates. Part-time candidates will be paid pro rata.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2020 entry.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Open Competition Studentships

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, and is responsible for the distribution of doctoral studentships funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Currently, WRoCAH is offering at least 40 PhD studentships at Leeds, Sheffield and York commencing October 2020. 

The WRoCAH Studentship covers research degree tuition fees and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£15,243). The studentship is for UK/EU fee-rated applicants only and lasts for 3 years (36 months) on a full-time study basis or 5 years (60 months) part-time.

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is also pleased to announce up to two £10,000 per annum maintenance awards for successful EU nominees eligible for a WRoCAH fees-only award. The fourth year will be funded on a pro-rata basis dependent upon WRoCAH training options undertaken. Successful candidates will be chosen by a competitive selection process in the School.

WRoCAH closing date: Applications for this scholarship have now closed. 

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

Two Leeds Doctoral Scholarships are available in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures for UK/EU students commencing PhD study (3 years full time, 5 years part time) in October 2020.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£15,243 for 2020/21).

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarships

Two Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarships will be available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study starting in October 2020. 

The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU and International rate and a maintenance grant (£15,009 in Session 2019/20) for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

The government-backed loan can help contribute towards course fees and living costs while you study. To qualify for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan you must meet all of the eligibility criteria, and if approved you do not need to pay your fees up front. 

China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship (15 available University-wide) 

At least 15 China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarships will be available for high-achieving students who are citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China commencing PhD study in October 2020. Applicants must normally either be studying or working at a Chinese University or studying in their last year of postgraduate study overseas. 

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

ESRC White Rose DTP Studentship 

The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP), forming a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan. Through the partnership, the University is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Studentships to UK/EU applicants. The studentships are available in named Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways on either a 1+3 (1 year of MA study followed by 3 years of a PhD) or a +3 basis (3 year PhD), depending on the level of training already achieved.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Cowdray Scholarships for MA by Research Degree Study in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies 

In 2020 the Cowdray Scholarships in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies will offer one MAR (Masters by Research) award totalling £10,000. The scholarship is available for highly qualified prospective students commencing full-time study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies in October 2020. The Scholarship will cover fees at the UK/EU rate and monthly maintenance. International students are welcome to apply for these scholarships but will be required to pay the balance of higher-rate fees not covered by the Scholarship.
 
Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese Studies

As part of the five-year programme designed to support the study of Japan in the UK at postgraduate level which the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation re-launched in 2018, East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue a MA by research (MAR) or a PhD in Japanese Studies commencing October 2020.

  • The studentships are open to students of any nationality. Please note that non-UK nationals applying for MAR studentships are eligible only if they are settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their MAR course. This does not apply to PhD studentship candidates.
  • English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any skill.
  • The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships are worth £10,000 and are tenable for one year only; it is possible, however, to reapply the following year up to a maximum of three years (for those studying for a PhD) or four years (for students pursuing MAR and then PhD). The studentships can be held together with other partial funding, but not with a full scholarship (fees and maintenance) from other UK or international funding bodies. Any aspect of Japanese studies or any discipline subject where the primary focus is on Japan will be considered. Prior knowledge of the Japanese language is not a condition.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Sutcliffe Scholarship for Research Degree Study in French 

The Sutcliffe Scholarship was established in 2018 following a generous bequest from the estate of Dr Malcolm Sutcliffe, alumnus of French at Leeds. In 2020 the scholarship will provide £12,000 for students wishing to undertake MA by Research study in French in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. The scholarship will comprise home/UK fees with the remainder to be paid in monthly maintenance instalments.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed.

Alumni bursary 

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

Other scholarship opportunities:

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you start a postgraduate doctoral course - such as a PhD - from September 2020, you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan.

Fees

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