Funding and scholarships


There are a number of ways you can access support for funding your PhD studies.

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds, you may be eligible for an alumni tuition fee bursary which gives you a 10% discount on your fees. 

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.

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 (for 2018 entry this was at a rate of £14,777).

The applications for this scholarship have now closed for 2019.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

The UK 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. 

External funding sources

History postgraduates are often eligible for funding from other sources, including:

Applicants for the United States may be interested in the following funding opportunities:

You can find out more about general financial support, including funding opportunities and scholarship provision through our dedicated online scholarships database.