Funding and scholarships


There are a number of ways you can access support for funding your PhD studies. 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. Find out more about the University of Leeds Alumni bursary. There are also a number of Doctoral Scholarships offered each year in recognition of excellence.

Institute for Medieval Studies Scholarships

The School of History and the Institute for Medieval Studies offer a number of scholarships each year which are awarded as payment of fees and a maintainence grant (or as a contribution to fees for overseas students). When awarding scholarships, we consider your academic record and the quality of the research proposal submitted with your application. Your references and any relevant work experience will also be taken into account. You will need to have submitted your application before applying for this scholarship. Download the application form and guidance notes.

Arts, Humanities and Cultures Interdisciplinary 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 deadline for applications is Monday 21st April 2019 and this funding opportunity is open to UK, EU and International students. You can apply now by completing our online application form or contact the Graduate School for more information. Please note we can only accept applications for scholarships once you have applied for your chosen research degree.

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.