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There are a number of scholarship and funding opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for. Our Postgraduate research opportunities directory lists all our opportunties and information on how to apply.

Applicants must have recieved an offer of a place before applying for these scholarships. If you are thinking about applying for any of these awards we recommend you contact our Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Maria Kapsali ( for guidance.

School of Performance and Cultural Industries Research Scholarship

  •     3 awards available.
  •     Research postgraduate courses only.
  •     Three awards worth UK/EU tuition fees, including maintenance grant.
  •     Open to UK, EU and international students.
  •     Application deadline 1 June 2019.

How do I apply for a School Scholarship?

Please send a 500-600 word personal statement to Linda Watson ( In this statement please ensure that you address:

  1. how your previous experience, qualifications and interests would equip you to undertake the proposed research;
  2. how you would formulate the project within the scope of the specialist supervision available in the School and its relevant areas of research expertise.

We will assess your potential through your application form, accompanying statement, CV and interview.

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and Leeds International Doctoral Scholarships

The awards will cover fees plus a maintenance grant and are open to UK/EU and international applicants. Applications for the Scholarships usually open in December.

AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships

These scholarships will be awarded to postgraduate research proposals that clearly cross two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. The awards will cover the cost of academic fees, plus a maintenance grant. The level of funding for part-time awards will be pro-rata.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Competition Studentships

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. 

WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Studentships

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries is currently seeking applications for 4 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) to begin in October 2019.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals, with academic and professional experience and a willingness to contribute to the research needs of our partners, to undertake fully funded doctoral research, supervised by members of academic staff and industry professionals in the following projects:

Researching Radicalism in the North: Embedding New Modes of Dramaturgical Research at Red Ladder Theatre

Developing audiences for drama: a critical analysis of England’s regional touring strategy

Innovative Approaches to Ballet Audience Development with Young Asian Communities

A new model for large-scale community performance – SlungLow and Leeds Peoples’ Theatre

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 include:

You can find out more about all our scholarships and bursaries through our dedicated scholarships database.