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.

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) 2019

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies offers up to four fully funded (fees and maintenance) awards for either PhD or MA by Research (full or part-time study) within the School commencing October 2019.

The award is open to UK/EU fee-rated students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who will be supervised in any subject area within the School and who have an exceptional academic record in their studies so far as well as an excellent research proposal for either an MA by Research or a PhD. 
 
Applicants for the MA by Research must hold an excellent first degree in a relevant subject area, whilst applicants for the PhD must hold a Master’s degree relevant to the proposed research. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional research potential, have a well-developed proposal that is achievable within the funded period and is in line with research interests of their chosen supervisor at Leeds.
The student will be required to be resident in or within reasonable travelling distance of Leeds for the duration of their studies.

In order to be eligible for the Studentship Award for Excellence, applicants must have submitted an application for study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and received the formal offer of a place before the specified closing date.

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

Closing date: Friday 07 June 2019 (17:00 GMT/UK time)

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

The Royal Thai Embassy Scholarship consists of two scholarships of £15,000 each for postgraduate MA by Research studies commencing October 2019. The scholarships continue 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 the School in 2004. 

The Embassy will offer up to two scholarships for UK/EU or International postgraduate students to support their postgraduate studies in the field of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and to undertake fieldwork research in Thailand for 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.

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 interest 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.

Scholarship application form (docx: 35.86KB)

All enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk 

Closing Date: 14 June 2019 17:00 (GMT/UK time)

Col Needham PhD Scholarship in Film Studies

Applications are welcomed to the University of Leeds for the Col Needham PhD Scholarship in Film Studies for study commencing October 2019.

Col Needham, founder of the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/) and University of Leeds alumnus, has generously match-funded a PhD scholarship to research any aspect of film studies. The scholarship will comprise fees at the home/EU rate and maintenance equivalent to the RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019/20).The successful applicant will be co-supervised by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the School of Media and Communication Studies.

For more information on the wide range of research expertise in Film Studies at Leeds, please go to the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and School of Media and Communication.

Candidates are particularly encouraged to submit proposals on the following topics: film histories; gender, sexualities and cinema; genre in national, transnational and World Cinema contexts.

If you are interested, please contact Professor Stephanie Dennison (s.dennison@leeds.ac.uk), Director of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures in the first instance to discuss your project and for guidance on making an application. You might also like to contact Professor Yvonne Tasker (y.tasker@leeds.ac.uk), School of Media and Communication.

Interested candidates must apply for a place to study on the PhD programme at the University of Leeds and be issued with a student ID number to be eligible to apply for funding. 

Download the Application Form (DOCX. 41.14KB)

Closing date: Friday 28 June 2019 (23:59 GMT/UK time). However, early discussion of your project is advised in order to best help you with the application process.

AHC Doctoral Scholarships

The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship offers a number of funded scholarships across many discipline and is awarded in recognition of excellence. The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

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

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

The Cowdray Scholarships in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies consist of two MAR (Masters by Research) awards totalling £10,000 each. The scholarships are available for highly qualified prospective students commencing full-time study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies in October 2019. 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 higher-rate fees not covered by the scholarship.

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 Professor Stephanie Dennison, Research Director of SPLAS: s.dennison@leeds.ac.uk.  All other enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk.

Further information (pdf 125.99kb)    Closing date: Wednesday 01 May 2019 (17:00 GMT/ UK time)

Sutcliffe Scholarship for Research Degree Study in French 

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

The Sutcliffe Scholarship was established in 2018 following a generous bequest from the estate of Malcolm Sutcliffe, alumnus of French at Leeds. The fund provides one or two annual scholarships (normally of £10,000) for students wishing to undertake research degree study in French in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. 

Further information (pdf 137.75KB)

Closing date: Friday 29 March 2019 (17:00 GMT/ UK time) 

 

China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship 2019-2020 

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

Up to 13 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 2019. 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 the ‘best of the best’ (eg. successful applicants are likely to be 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. 

Please note that applicants whose first language is not English must have already met the School’s English Language requirements by 09 January 2019 (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 09 January 2019 17:00 (GMT/UK time)

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese Studies

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

As part of a five-year programme designed to support the study of Japan at postgraduate level in the UK, re-launched by the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2018, the School invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue an MA (taught or by research) or a PhD in Japanese Studies starting in October 2019. 

The studentships are open to UK/EU and International applicants and are worth £10,000. Any aspect of Japanese studies will be considered and 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 (MA or PhD) at the University of Leeds no later than 28 February 2019. 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, which should be submitted to Dr Irena Hayter at i.hayter@leeds.ac.uk

Further information (pdf: 360.58kb) Closing date: 28 February 2019 (17:00 GMT/ UK time)

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and Leeds International Doctoral Scholarships

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

The awards will cover fees plus a maintenance grant and are open to UK/EU and international applicants. 

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Competition Studentships

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. 

Applicants for this scheme should first apply to study for a research degree at the University of Leeds.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are available from the WRoCAH website only. Please also view the Guidance notes for applicants.

Please note that the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies has set an internal deadline of 07 January 2019 for WRoCAH applications, 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.

All enquiries to lcspgr@leeds.ac.uk 

School recommended submission date for a study place: Monday 07 January 2018 (17:00 GMT)
WRoCAH closing date: Wednesday 23 January 2018 (17:00 GMT)

WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) – An Analysis of the History of Independent Film Exhibition in Leeds

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

This WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) project seeks to break new ground by enabling a postgraduate researcher to carry out an analysis on independent film exhibition in Leeds informed by academic scholarship and practical experience of a series of regional film initiatives under the umbrella of Leeds Film, an organisation responsible for the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF).

A comprehensive historical overview of independent film exhibition in Leeds constitutes the first aim of the PhD project, with a number of potential research questions providing a specific focus. These might include:

  • What is the impact of the Leeds International Film Festival and other exhibition initiatives on the city and local community, and to what extent does this impact match the expectations of the festival programmers and partners in Leeds City Council? 
  • What are the effects on film culture in the region of constantly shifting patterns of (a) taste, (b) demographics, (c) film funding? 
  • How can we usefully trace/judge the impact of independent film exhibition in the region?

The award will consist of UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8). Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 5 years part time). Awards must be taken up in October 2019. No deferrals are possible. Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress.

All applicants should meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements.

Please note that the selection of Collaborative Doctoral Award recipients is a two stage process. In stage one, applicants must apply for a study place at the University of Leeds by 09 January 2019 clearly stating the project you wish to apply for. Candidates selected after stage one will then liaise with Professor Dennison and Alex King of Leeds Film to submit a WRoCAH studentship application via the WRoCAH application system by 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019

Please note that if you are selected by the CDA project team to be put forward for WRoCAH, your application will be considered competitively within the main WRoCAH competition. Being put forward for consideration by the School is not a guarantee of funding.

For more information about this project contact Professor Stephanie Dennison s.dennison@leeds.ac.uk

Closing date to apply for a study place at the University of Leeds: 9 January 2019 17:00 (GMT/UK time)

Alumni bursary 

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

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