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Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship 2024


Key facts

Monday 8 April 2024
Funding start date
Tuesday 1 October 2024
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
University of Leeds
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Three Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarships (LORS) are available to prospective postgraduate researchers from Black, Asian and other minoritised ethnic groups for study in any Faculty in Session 2024/25.

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

<p>These scholarships are part of our wider commitment to postgraduate diversity and inclusion as outlined by the <a href="" target="_blank">Access and Student Success Strategy (2025)</a>, including involvement with the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (<a href="" target="_blank">YCEDE</a>).&nbsp; Through YCEDE, we offer opportunities to home-rated applicants from BAME backgrounds.&nbsp; These include virtual events to support submitting an application, as well as additional engagement and mentoring, whilst undertaking the PhD studentship.</p> <h3>Closing Date for Application forms 17:00 (UK time) Monday 8 April 2024</h3> <h4>Duration and Value of the Award</h4> <ul> <li> <p>The award provides full academic fees and a maintenance grant (&pound;18,622 in Session 2023/24) for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata at 60%.&nbsp; This amount increases per annum in line with the UKRI rate.&nbsp; Full-time awards provide full fees for 3 years and a maintenance award for 3.5 years (Part-time awards are pro-rata).</p> </li> </ul> <h4>Eligibility Criteria</h4> <ul> <li>Applicants must identify as belonging to one of the minoritised ethnic groups &ndash; Black or Black British-Caribbean; Black or Black British-African; Other Black background; Asian or Asian British-Indian; Asian or Asian British-Pakistani; Asian or Asian British-Bangladeshi; Chinese; or Other Asian background; Mixed-White and Black Caribbean; Mixed-White and Black African; Mixed-White and Asian; Other Mixed background; Arab, or other minoritised ethnic background.&nbsp;</li> <li>Applicants must be eligible to pay fees at the Home (UK) rate or have been recognised (or be the partner or child of someone who has been recognised) as a refugee or asylum seeker, or been granted humanitarian protection status by the UK Government.</li> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>If you are unsure whether you meet any of the eligibility criteria listed above, please contact the PGR Diversity Team (<a href=""></a>) with the subject &lsquo;LORS application query&rsquo;.</p> <h4>Other Conditions</h4> <ul> <li>Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2024</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.</li> </ul> <h4>Selection Process</h4> <p>Admissions Teams select a shortlist of applicants who they wish to nominate for the award.&nbsp; Applications are then assessed by the University of Leeds LORS Scholarship Selection Panel on the basis of your information about your personal circumstances, your personal statement and financial declaration.&nbsp; The LORS selection process acknowledges historic awarding gaps and barriers often faced by those from minoritised ethnic groups to accessing the extra/co-curricular or professional activities by which many other scholarship applications are assessed.&nbsp; Your suitability for the proposed research project is therefore evidenced by your offer to study and the supporting statement provided by your proposed supervisor(s) or Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.&nbsp; Where necessary, the LORS selection panel may also use contextual information provided by your application ( in particular details that may indicate you belong to one or more groups that are underrepresented in higher education) and institutional data related to current PGR cohort representation to reach a decision.</p> <p>The Postgraduate Scholarships Office will not enter into any communication regarding the progress of your application form.&nbsp; Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of their application outcome approximately 4 weeks after the application closing date.&nbsp; Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 10 weeks of the application closing date.</p>

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

<h3>Stage 1&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> <p>First of all apply for a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">research programme of study</a>&nbsp;by completing the application form</p> </li> </ul> <p paraeid="{1cb12a88-4c7f-4a7c-9a2b-534fa11ffa74}{162}" paraid="617466781">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&nbsp;are not accompanied&nbsp;by the documents requested by the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the award.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{1cb12a88-4c7f-4a7c-9a2b-534fa11ffa74}{172}" paraid="101257157">Please note that an unsuccessful application for this scholarship does not exclude you from applying for other research study opportunities or scholarships offered by the University of Leeds.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{1cb12a88-4c7f-4a7c-9a2b-534fa11ffa74}{176}" paraid="615424475">*The supporting documents you need to provide with your study application&nbsp;are listed&nbsp;on website for the School/Faculty in which you are applying to study.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Stage 2</h4> <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>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>You are advised to read the &lsquo;Guidance for applicants&rsquo; available on website <a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;before completing your scholarship application form.</p> <p>The PGR Diversity Team offers an online application workshop for applicants to the Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship.&nbsp; This workshop offers advice and guidance on writing your personal statement and financial declaration, as well as a question and answer session.&nbsp; The workshop will take place at some point during February/March 2024 &ndash; the exact date and time of the workshop, as well as registration details will be made available on webpage <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>If you have any questions about your LORS application, or the support available, please contact the PGR Diversity Team (<a href=""></a>).</p> <p>Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, the Postgraduate Scholarships Office will not enter into any correspondence regarding the progress of an application until the outcome is known.</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. &nbsp;Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.&nbsp;</em></p>

<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 (some Faculties may also require a Masters degree). You should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in your final year of study. If you have a lower mark in your undergraduate degree, you may be considered if you can demonstrate relevant alternative experience (eg in industry or business, or &ndash; for a practice-based PhD &ndash; in the creative arts).

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

You must meet the University&rsquo;s English Language requirements prior to or at registration. If the School/Faculty to which you have applied has a higher English language entry requirement, you must meet this higher requirement. You should have a valid test result, which is no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds. Examples of an acceptable English Language standard can be found at<br />

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

<p>For further information please contact the <a href="">Postgraduate Research Admissions Team</a> in the Faculty you intend to study.</p> <p>OR <a href="">email Postgraduate Scholarships</a></p>

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