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Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Extinction Studies


Key facts

Friday 26 February 2021
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
Key staff
Professor Graham Huggan
School of Biology, School of Earth and Environment, School of English, School of Geography, School of History, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, School of Media and Communication, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, School of Politics and International Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships are available for Home fee-rated students for Session 2021/22 for study in the following Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Cultures; Biological Sciences; Environment; Social Sciences.

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

<p>Extinction is one of the great challenges of our times. As part of a new doctoral training programme, hosted at the University of Leeds, we are offering full funding for students to work on topics relating to extinction and its meanings, histories and legacies. Working both individually and collaboratively, students will have the opportunity to explore the rich connections between the biological, cultural and social meanings of the global extinction crisis, and to clarify the responses and impacts that extinction is currently having upon societies and cultures across the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Closing date for application forms 17:00 (UK time) Friday 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;February 2021</strong></p> <h2>Duration of the Award</h2> <p>Full-time (3 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.</p> <h2>Funding</h2> <ul> <li>These&nbsp;awards are available to Home fee-rated applicants</li> <li>EU students with settled status in the UK are also eligible to apply. International fee-rated students are welcome to apply, but must have alternative sources of funding</li> <li>The awards provide&nbsp;a maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (&pound;15,609 in Session 2021/22).</li> </ul> <h2>Other conditions</h2> <p>Students will be required to work across <strong>at least two </strong>of the following disciplines represented by the 18-strong members of our supervisory team: biology, communication and media, ecology, environmental social science, geography, history, linguistics, literary studies, palaeontology, philosophy, political science, theology and religious studies, sociology and social policy. The following are some potential topics:</p> <ul> <li>Cultural and biological perspectives on the parasite (contact Dr Alison Dunn at <a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Climate change, language death and species decline (contact Prof Janet Watson at <a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Apocalyptic narratives, activism and community resilience (contact Dr Stefan Skrimshire at <a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Cultural genocide in the twentieth century (contact Dr Adrian Gallagher <a href=""></a>)</li> <li>Using past mass extinctions to predict future biodiversity loss (contact Dr Alex Dunhill at <a href=""></a>).&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>For other potential supervisors, please see the <a href="">Extinction Studies webpage</a>.</p> <p><strong>While candidates may choose their own topics, they will be required to discuss their proposals further with at least one member of the supervisory team before making an official application.</strong></p> <p>Additionally:</p> <ul> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree&nbsp;</li> <li>Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2021</li> <li>The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded&nbsp;from applying</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.</li> </ul> <h2>Selection process</h2> <p>For further&nbsp;information about the selection process, please see the&nbsp;<a href="">Extinction Studies webpage</a>.</p>

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

<p>For further information about how to apply and the documentation required, please see <a href="">Extinction Studies webpage</a>.</p> <p>Please note that an unsuccessful application for this scholarship does not exclude you from applying to other research study opportunities or scholarships offered by the University of Leeds.</p> <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>

Minimum entry requirements are a good first degree (2:1 BA/BSc Hons, or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. A Masters degree and/or relevant work/professional experience are desirable.

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

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 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. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

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

<p>For further information please check the relevant contact information at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, or contact the Programme Convenor, Prof Graham Huggan (<a href=""></a>).</p>