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.

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.

Applicants for the WRoCAH studentship must have already submitted an application for a study place on a PhD programme at one of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The WRoCAH studentship application form and details of how to apply are available from the WRoCAH website.

Please note that the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies has set an internal deadline for WRoCAH-related applications of 7 January 2020, by which time an applicant should have informed the University of their intention to apply for the WRoCAH studentship, applied for a place to study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and been issued with a student ID number. The internal deadline is designed to ensure that WRoCAH candidates receive the best possible advice and support from their prospective supervisors in the weeks preceding the official WRoCAH submission.

Guidance notes for applicants.

All enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk

School recommended date by which applicant applies for a study place: Monday 6 January 2020.
WRoCAH closing date: Wednesday 29 January 2020. 

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).

In order to be eligible for the Leeds Doctoral Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a UK/EU fee paying applicant
  • have achieved at least a first class honours degree or equivalent* at undergraduate level
  • have either graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study.
  • have met the English language requirements of their programme of study if English is not their first language (prior to or at registration)
  • have not already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree
  • have not already received a doctoral scholarship
  • have applied for a research degree and be in receipt of a student ID number

* Candidates with a lower mark in their undergraduate degree will be considered if they have or are expected to receive a distinction in a Master’s degree programme relevant to their field of research, or if they can demonstrate relevant alternative experience (eg. experience in industry or business, or experience relevant to a practice-based PhD in the creative arts). 

Further information.

Closing date: Wednesday 1 April 2020.

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. 

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • have submitted an application for PhD study and be in receipt of a Student ID Number and an offer of PhD study prior to the closing date.
  • have submitted an online application for an AHC Doctoral Scholarship.
  • have two named Supervisors in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (or, in the case of interdisciplinary proposals, a named Supervisor in both Languages, Cultures and Societies and a partner School).
  • hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree.
  • meet the AHC Faculty’s English Language requirements (prior to or at registration) if their first language is not English 

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.

The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years for full-time study (or up to four years for part-time study), subject to satisfactory academic progress. 

Please note that these awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded another scholarship or are currently studying for a Doctoral degree.

Candidates submit the application through the AHC Doctoral Scholarship webpage.

The AHC Graduate School will inform the successful and reserve nominees of the competition outcome within 10 weeks of the closing date.

Closing date: 1 April 2020

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. 

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.  

Candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds will be supervised in any subject area offered in the School. 

MA by Research candidates will be expected to hold or be predicted a BA First or equivalent in a relevant subject area. PhD candidates will be expected to hold or be predicted a Distinction at MA or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional research potential, have a well-developed research proposal that is achievable within the funded period and is in line with the research interests of their prospective supervisors. 
  • PhD awards will be made for one year in the first instance and will be renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
  • English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any skill. 
  • Award holders will be required to be resident in, or within easy travelling distance of Leeds. 
  • No separate application is required as all eligible candidates who have applied for, and been offered a place to study by the closing date will be considered. Nominees and reserves only will be contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date.

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

Closing date: Friday 5 June 2020.

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. 

Applicants must normally hold a First Class undergraduate degree equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree and should be considered to be exceptional candidates (eg. in the top 5% of their MA and BA cohorts and already in receipt of prizes at national or international level). Applicants should have either graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study.

The scholarship lasts for 3 years (36 months) and is awarded on a full-time basis. The award will be made for one year in the first instance and will be renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress

The award will cover full international fees. The China Scholarship Council will provide a maintenance grant and will pay for return economy air travel to and from the UK and visa application fees to successful applicants.

Applicants must first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible.

Applications without a valid Student ID Number will be rejected. 

Apply for the scholarship.

Please note that applicants whose first language is not English must have already met the School’s English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 an any component) by 9 January 2020 (or be a current undergraduate student in their final year or a current postgraduate student at a University in an English speaking country) in order to be eligible.

All enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk.

Closing date: Wednesday 8 January 2020

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.

The 1+3 Studentships provide an integrated Research Training Masters (an MA Social Research - Interdisciplinary) - followed by a 3-year PhD programme. The course is 4 years for full time study and 7 years for part time study.

The +3 Studentships provide a 3 year PhD with the assumption that the applicant will have already met the majority of the core training requirements, usually through the attainment of a suitable Masters qualification, or that the PhD focus is largely on more advanced training. The course is 3 years for full time study and 5 years part time study.

The Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways are as follows:

The award will cover fees at standard Research Council rates and provides a maintenance grant at a rate of £15,009 in Session 2020/21 for full-time study (part-time will be pro-rata at 60%). UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates) if they meet the residency criteria. EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award.

  • Applicants for either the 1+3 or the +3 MUST in the first instance apply for a place on a research postgraduate programme and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible. Applications without a valid ID Number will be rejected.
  • Applicants applying for a 1+3 award must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, for example, by a Masters degree). Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. 
  • Applicants applying for a +3 award must demonstrate that they have achieved a level of research training to allow them to proceed directly to PhD (usually through the attainment of a previous Masters qualification in the social sciences). 
  • An English language qualification equivalent to at least an IELTS overall band score of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any component is required. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

More information.

For further information please contact: pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: Wednesday 29 January 2020

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.
 
Successful applicants will produce an original piece of research of approximately 30,000 words with the support of two supervisors and additional research training provided by the School. The School welcomes projects which have the potential to benefit from the research interests and expertise of academic staff working in the field of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds. Scholarship holders are expected to contribute actively to the research culture and postgraduate experience in the School (e.g. by organising and promoting research activities and supporting postgraduate recruitment).

Applicants should apply for a place to study at the University of Leeds and then apply for the scholarship.

(Please note that applications for the Cowdray scholarships will only be accepted from candidates who have already been offered a place to study for a Masters by Research degree).

Informal queries can be directed in the first instance to Dr Angel Smith, Postgraduate Research Liaison for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

General enquiries should be directed to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 01 May 2020.

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.
  • The School English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any skill.
  • PhD awards will be made for one year in the first instance and will be renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress
  • Applicants should first apply for a place to study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and then apply for the scholarship. 

Recipients of the award are expected to take an active role in research activities within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and to contribute to the promotion of postgraduate study in the School via support at Open Days (once or twice per year) and by maintaining an up-to-date researcher profile on the School website.

Applicants should apply for a place to study at the University of Leeds and then apply for the scholarship.

All enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk.

Closing Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020

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.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for these studentships should apply for a place to study (MAR or PhD) at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds no later than 28 February 2020. They should note on the application form that they are applying for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship. 

Prospective applicants need to provide a personal statement and a detailed CV by the same deadline. The personal statement should be written in Arial point 11, single-spaced, and should not
exceed two pages of A4. Applicants should include the following:

  • reasons for application: please suggest reasons why you are a suitable candidate for the studentships
  • extent of funding from other sources: the funding/scholarships you are in competition for, or have secured already
  • research to be undertaken: research interests, extent to which the research is Japan-related, anticipated dissertation title and a 300-word research proposal (for students already enrolled in a PhD programme, a progress report on your project);
  • future academic or career plans
  • any other relevant information in support of your application

Please e-mail your personal statement and CV to Dr Irena Hayter by 28 February 2020. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications early to mid-May 2020.

More information about Masters by Research programmes.

More information about PhD study.

For both the MAR and the PhD, we strongly advise you to contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your application.

Closing date: 28 February 2020

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.

Full and part-time study will be considered. Part-time candidates will be paid pro-rata.

The School English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any skill

Applicants should apply for a place to study at the University of Leeds and then apply for the scholarship.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Sarah Waters or Dr Jim House.

Closing date: Wednesday 27 March 2020

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: