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Leeds University Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships for Researchers from UK Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities


Key facts

Wednesday 1 March 2023
Funding start date
Sunday 1 October 2023
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
UK only
Source of funding
University of Leeds
School of Education, School of Law, School of Politics and International Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leeds, is inviting applications for the next round of its doctoral scholarship scheme for UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority students to undertake postgraduate/PhD research within the Faculty. Two scholarships are available each year.<br /> <br /> The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to addressing different forms of intersecting inequalities in relation to our education, research and broader engagement with society. These scholarships will seek to address, in particular, the under-representation of ethnic minority students in postgraduate research and throughout academia, including senior roles.<br /> <br /> The Faculty is inviting applications from candidates from UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities currently underrepresented within postgraduate research. <br /> <br /> Scholarship holders will have access to world leading facilities and supervision, and to research centres which shape the research and innovation agenda within and beyond the social sciences. All postgraduate researchers in the Faculty are members of the Social Sciences Graduate School, bringing together a socially, culturally and intellectually diverse community of doctoral researchers, in an interdisciplinary research environment geared to addressing global challenges. Our doctoral researchers also have access to bespoke training and support via the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.<br /> <br /> These scholarships are available on either a 1+3 (Masters and 3-year PhD) or a +3 (3-year PhD) basis (or part-time equivalent). Depending on the level of research training already achieved, and where applicants do not yet meet our entry requirements for PhD study, we can also support applications via the 1+3 scheme. This would include funding to undertake an appropriate Masters degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the first instance, followed by the PhD.<br /> <br /> The duration of the award is 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.<br /> <br /> The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees and a maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (17,668 GBP in Session 2022/23).

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

<p>To find out about doctoral study in one of our Schools, see the relevant School pages:<br /> <a href="">School of Education</a><br /> <a href="">School of Law</a><br /> <a href="">School of Politics and International Studies</a><br /> <a href="">School of Sociology and Social Policy</a></p> <p>To find out more about what it&rsquo;s like to be a doctoral researcher in the <a href="">Faculty of Social Sciences</a>, see some of our <a href=";categoryID=-1&amp;searchDirCategoryID=10008">PGR student and alumni profiles</a>.</p> <p><strong>Other Conditions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. &nbsp;Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from applying.</li> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.</li> <li>Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2023.</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.</li> <li>These scholarships are open to applicants from UK Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnic minority communities only. Applicants will self-identify and sign a disclaimer to the effect that the information they provide is correct.</li> </ul> <p>We will hold an information session about this scholarship in early 2023. Register your interest&nbsp;<a href=";resource=c9a559d2-7aab-4f13-a6ed-e7e9c52aec87&amp;response_type=code%20id_token&amp;scope=openid%20profile&amp;state=OpenIdConnect.AuthenticationProperties%3DeyJ2ZXJzaW9uIjoxLCJkYXRhIjp7IklkZW50aXR5UHJvdmlkZXIiOiJBVkljMUo5eXZoN2U1Tl9MQ2RwQVYzcGlGU0k2Z0Z4N1FCZmd0VU9EZklpUjcwdzhzR3VDV2NweHJ6b0NKR2d3QXdoUjhZVzNOTzVMT0Q3Y0kyNWgybUUiLCIucmVkaXJlY3QiOiJodHRwczovL2Zvcm1zLm9mZmljZS5jb20vcGFnZXMvcmVzcG9uc2VwYWdlLmFzcHg_aWQ9cU8zcXZSM0l6a1dHUGxJeXBUVzN5ejBJcWI3NG53WkJpMnNHa0g5OThmaFVNMWsxTnpsR01sRlZVa0kxVmtGUk5rWkVUVkZMTVZJek5DNHUmc2lkPTM2YjUzNjU5LTU3MmEtNDc5Ni04NjllLTA5MzA4YWVhODg2YSJ9fQ&amp;response_mode=form_post&amp;nonce=638035018250138440.OGQ0ZjVkMjQtM2M3ZC00NzViLWExYzMtMTNhNjM2ZTQ0NGMzMDU0MTNmNGYtZDk2My00YmQ2LWI1MjgtMjhiMzA1NDg3Zjgz&amp;;msafed=0&amp;x-client-SKU=ID_NET472&amp;x-client-ver=">here</a>.</p>

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

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong></p> <p>First, apply for a research place of study in one of the Faculty Schools, through the <a href="">online application form</a>. You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PHD candidates.</p> <p>In order to be considered for the Studentship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for PhD study.</p> <p>Your research proposal should clearly demonstrate how you align with the research priorities and areas of expertise of one or more of the <a href="">Schools of the Faculty</a> (<a href="">Education</a>, <a href="">Law</a>, <a href="">Politics and International Studies</a>, and <a href="">Sociology and Social Policy</a>).&nbsp;We strongly encourage proposals which are interdisciplinary in nature and are relevant to more than one School, or more than one of the research centres based within our Schools.</p> <p>You should submit your application for a research degree by 1st February 2023 at the latest, so that the School has sufficient time to consider your application for a place on the research degree programme.</p> <p>Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong></p> <p>Apply for the &lsquo;Leeds University Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships for Researchers from UK Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities PhD Studentship&rsquo; by completing the <a href="">Scholarship Application Form</a>. You must submit your scholarship application by <strong>12.00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday the 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;of March&nbsp;2023 (UK time).</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</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. 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.</em></p>

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

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline. They should also have (or expect to obtain) a Masters degree with a Merit grade (or equivalent) in an related subject area. Where applicants have not yet met the entry requirements for a research degree, we can support successful candidates to first undertake an appropriate Masters degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences via the 1+3 scheme. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

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

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in the School of Law is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The minimum English Language requirement for research postgraduate study in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Education is an IELTS of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component. 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 Graduate School Office<br /> Email: <a href=""></a></p>

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