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POLIS Postgraduate Research Excellence Scholarship


Key facts

Friday 1 May 2020
Funding start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Source of funding
University of Leeds
School of Politics and International Studies
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

A fully-funded PhD scholarship in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) for innovative research projects across the subject area. We particularly encourage creative PhD proposals working within and between the School&rsquo;s centres of research excellence to advance knowledge in theory and practice of the principal global challenges of our time

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>POLIS is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research in International Development, International Relations and Politics. Our global focus means we have expertise covering Africa, North America, Asia, the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Our research is focused around the activities of six centres of excellence including: the Centre for Democratic Engagement; the Centre for Global Development; the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect; the Centre for Global Security Challenges; the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics; and the Centre for Contemporary Political Theory.</p> <p>Our PhD programme provides comprehensive support in research training and professional development. Our postgraduate researchers are closely integrated within the School&rsquo;s centres of research excellence and contribute actively to their research and impact agendas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>Funding Details</h4> <p>One full time PhD scholarship for one UK/EU candidate covering a maintenance stipend of &pound;15,009&nbsp;per year and UK/EU tuition fees for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.</p> <p>This&nbsp;award&nbsp;must be taken up by 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;October 2020 and is not deferrable.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Apply for a place on the PhD in the School of Politics and International Studies&nbsp;</p> <p>Formal applications for a PhD should be made online through the <a href="" target="_blank">University&rsquo;s online a</a><a href="">pplication</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Apply for the scholarship.</p> <p>Please submit a <a href="">scholarship application form</a> by the deadline to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Applicants for the scholarship&nbsp;should submit a scholarship application form to the Social Sciences Graduate School by 17:00 p.m. (GMT) on the 1<sup>st</sup> May.</li> <li>To ensure there is sufficient time to consider you for a&nbsp;place on the programme in advance of the&nbsp;scholarship deadline we would strongly advise that you apply for a study place on the PhD at least a month&nbsp;prior to the scholarship deadline.</li> <li>Applicants should&nbsp;ensure they have provided all supporting documents with their application for research&nbsp;degree:&nbsp;degree transcripts and certificates, Masters results (or results obtained so far) and a research proposal. We may not be able to consider your application if any of these are outstanding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</li> </ul> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants for this award in Politics and International Studies should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class UK Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline as well as a Masters degree at Merit level (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree or scholarship are advised to contact the Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The English language entry requirement for research postgraduate study in the School of Politics and International Studies is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Social Sciences Graduate School Office<br /> e: <a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 8056.</p>

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