The University of Leeds in the UK is inviting applications for doctoral scholarships for UK/EU or international applicants for the 2020/21 academic session.

The University of Leeds is a redbrick university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Originally named the Yorkshire College of Science and later simply the Yorkshire College, it incorporated the Leeds School of Medicine and became part of the federal Victoria University alongside Owens College (which eventually became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool).

Applicants must meet the English Language requirements of your programme of study if English is not your first language  (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at registration; international applications  – by the relevant scholarship deadline).

Worth of Award

  • Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the standard UKRI rate (£15,009 for 2020/21).


To be eligible you must:

  • be a UK/EU or International fee-paying applicant
  • have achieved at least a first-class (1) honours degree or equivalent* at the undergraduate level
  • meet the English language requirements of your programme of study if English is not your first language (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at registration; international applicants – by the relevant scholarship deadline)
  • not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree
  • not already be in receipt of a doctoral scholarship
  • have applied for a research degree and be in receipt of a student ID number
  • * Candidates with a lower mark in their undergraduate degree will be considered if they have or are expected to receive a distinction in a Masters programme relevant to their field of research, or if they can demonstrate relevant alternative experience (eg in industry or business, or for a practice-based PhD, in the creative arts).
  • They welcome scholarship applications from all suitably qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in their postgraduate research community, and they would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

How to Apply

To apply for a centrally funded research scholarship at the University of Leeds, you need to:

  • Stage 1 – first of all apply for a research place of study by completing a study application form online and once you have received your 9 digit student ID number move onto stage two.
  • Stage 2 – apply for scholarships by working your way through the questions on the online form.
  • You will be asked questions on the following:
  • Contact details
  • English Language qualifications (if relevant)
  • Nationality and residency
  • Qualifications
  • Area of study
  • Employment history, publications, prizes etc
  • Further information – eg how did you find out about the scholarship

POINTS TO NOTE when completing the scholarship application

  • You should only submit ONE form (unless you are applying to more than one School.) If you complete the form multiple times, only the most recently submitted form will be considered.
  • If you submit the form after the Scholarship deadline it will be rejected.
  • You can save the form and then log in again to complete the form.
  • If you have applied to study a PhD in two schools eg School of Mathematics and School of Physics and Astronomy and wish to apply for scholarships in both of these schools, you will need to submit a separate application form, naming the different Schools. PLEASE NOTE, that although you can submit applications for the same award in more than one School, if you are selected by more than one School for the same award, you will be asked to choose your preferred School, as only one nomination can be sent forward for consideration for any one type of scholarship.

Deadline: Arts, Humanities and Cultures; Biological Sciences; Business; Environment; Medicine and Health; Education, Social Sciences and Law: April 1, 2020.


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