Funding and scholarships

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The fees for our research degrees change each year, and will be different depending on whether you're a UK/EU or international student. 

As a PhD student in the School of Media and Communication, you'll have access to many different funding opportunities to help support your studies. 

Government Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you're a UK or EU national, you may be able to apply for a government Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000. 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 you are approved for the Loan you do not need to pay your fees up front. 

School of Media and Communication PhD Scholarships

We're offering three PhD scholarships for September/October 2019. Up to two scholarships will cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to international rates. The remaining scholarship(s) will cover maintenance and fees equivalent to Home/EU rates.

These scholarships will support full-time study leading to a PhD within a period of three years. If you've received an offer to study a PhD with us full-time and would like to apply for this scholarship, contact our postgraduate admissions team for an application form.  

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

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 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.

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

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 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.

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 the 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, 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 in the 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.

Leeds 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.

Alumni Bursary

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

Sport Scholarship

Sports Scholarships ensure our athletes are able to compete at the highest level, whilst studying at the University of Leeds. 

Sanctuary Scholarship

The Sanctuary Scholarship is open to forced migrants to the United Kingdom (a person displaced from their homeland or place of residence for political, economic, ethnic, environmental, or human rights pressures). 

Other Scholarships

You can search our postgraduate scholarships database for information about other funding opportunities, including:

You may be eligible for extra financial help if you have a disability or are in financial hardship.