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Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Extinction Studies 2023


Key facts

Monday 6 February 2023
Funding start date
Sunday 1 October 2023
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
Key staff
Professor Graham Huggan
School of Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, 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 Molecular and Cellular Biology, 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>

Up to 5 Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Extinction Studies are available for Home fee-rated students for Session 2023/24 for study in the following Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Cultures; Biological Sciences; Environment; Social Sciences. There will also be one University of Leeds funded scholarship in Extinction Studies funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Scholarships are ONLY for Home rated fee students. International fee paying students are not eligible to apply.

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

<p>Extinction is one of the great challenges of our times. As part of a doctoral training programme, hosted at the University of Leeds, we are offering full funding and an exciting interdisciplinary training programme for PhD 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&nbsp;(UK time) Monday 6 February 2023</strong></p> <p>The programme is committed to inclusion and diversity, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.&nbsp; We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants, as these groups are historically under-represented amongst research postgraduates.&nbsp; <strong>To this end, one of the six available scholarships is ring-fenced for BAME students.</strong></p> <h2>Duration of the Award</h2> <p>Full-time (3 years) or part-time (5 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years (for full-time PGRs) or four years (for part-time PGRs), subject to satisfactory academic progress.</p> <h2>Funding</h2> <ul> <li>These&nbsp;awards provide fees at the University of Leeds home rate.</li> <li>The awards provide&nbsp;a maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (&pound;17,668 in Session 2022/23 for full-time study).</li> </ul> <h2>Other conditions</h2> <p>Applicants are <strong>required </strong>to work across at least two different disciplines, although they will be based in a host School and will need to be admitted to that School in order to be eligible for funding. Applicants may <strong>either </strong>apply to work on a <a href="">pre-set topic</a> <strong>or</strong> develop their own research topic. In both cases, candidates are <strong>required</strong> to discuss their project with a prospective lead supervisor (see supervisor details on the <a href="" target="_blank">Extinction Studies website</a>) from their chosen host School prior to submitting a formal application.&nbsp;</p>

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

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Candidates are<strong>&nbsp;required</strong>&nbsp;to approach a potential supervisor or supervisors to discuss their project OR Select a project from the list on the <a href="" target="_blank">Extinction Studies website</a> prior to submitting an application.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Stage 2&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Apply for a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">research programme of study</a>&nbsp;by completing the application form.&nbsp;In order to be considered for the scholarship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for study*. Any study applications that are not accompanied by the documents requested by the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the award.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Please note that an&nbsp;unsuccessful application&nbsp;for this scholarship does not exclude you from applying for other study opportunities or scholarships offered by the University of Leeds.&nbsp;<br /> *The supporting documents you need to provide with your study application are listed on the website for the School/Faculty in which you are applying to study.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stage 3</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Once you are in receipt of your 9 digit Student Application ID complete the <a href="" target="_blank">online application form</a>.</p> </li> </ul>

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

Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate discipline. Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study. A Masters degree and/or relevant work/professional experience are desirable.

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

The University of Leeds minimum English language entry requirement for 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. If the School/Faculty to which you have applied has a higher English language entry requirement you must meet this higher requirement. 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, candidates should contact the School&nbsp;in which they wish to study and/or the programme director, Professor Graham Huggan (<a href=""></a>).</p>