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School of Media and Communication PhD Scholarship 2024


Key facts

Friday 1 March 2024
Funding start date
Tuesday 1 October 2024
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Key staff
Dr Helen Kim and Dr Helen Thornham
School of Media and Communication
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Four full scholarships are available in the School of Media and Communication in 2024/25. Up to two of them cover international rates (full maintenance plus fees), the remaining scholarship(s) will cover maintenance and fees equivalent to Home rates.<br /> <br /> These fully-funded scholarships provide exciting opportunities to pursue postgraduate research in a range of fields relating to media and communication.<br /> <br /> The School of Media and Communication invites applications for the School of Media and Communication PhD Scholarship from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2024/25.<br /> <br /> The award is open to full-time candidates who have been offered a place of PhD study by the University of Leeds. We especially welcome applications that connect to the School&#039;s seven core research areas of global communication, journalism, political communication, media industries and cultural production, gender and media, digital cultures, and visual media and communication.

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

<p>The <a href="">School of Media and Communication&#39;s</a> research is multidisciplinary, theoretically innovative and socially relevant. A vibrant community of PhD students is an essential part of our research culture.<br /> <br /> Researchers at the School are involved in extensive networks of collaboration with academic institutions, the public sector and media industries, both within the UK and across the world.</p> <p>We are a top Media and Communication School and 88% of our research outputs is considered &quot;world leading&quot; or &quot;internationally excellent&quot;, according to the 2021 <a href="">Research Excellence Framework</a> (REF). The School is one of the leading media and communication studies institutions, ranked 4th in the <a href="">QS ranking 2022</a> of institutions in the UK (22nd world-wide) and ranked 6th in the UK for communication and media studies by Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. Since 2016, Media and Communication is one of nine Schools in the newly constituted Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. Research in the School has been organised into seven <a href="">themes</a>: global communication, journalism, political communication, media industries and cultural production, gender and media, digital cultures, and visual media and communication. We combine social science and humanities approaches, and bring together economic, political, historical, cultural and technological perspectives.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our thriving PhD community is fully integrated into the School research culture. PhD students are treated as much as possible as academic colleagues, acting as co-convenors of Research Groups, attending and contributing to job presentations, and sharing kitchen/social space with academic staff. Our PhD students consistently present their work at national and international conferences (including ICA, IAMCR, and ECREA). The School organises weekly seminars during semesters addressing the full range of social science and historical research methods. These are delivered by School academic staff, allowing PhD students to become familiar with the approaches of a range of academics beyond their supervisory team, and across the School&rsquo;s Research Themes. PhD students participate fully in research group meetings, presenting their work, suggesting readings, engaging in debate and discussion, and in some cases acting as co-convenors. PhD students organise an annual academic conference, with support and mentoring from academics. This allows them to learn organisation and networking skills, and for those taking part to develop presentation and communication skills.</p> <p><strong>Information about the Award</strong><br /> We are offering four PhD scholarships in the School of Media and Communication, matching full tuition fees and the UKRI maintenance stipend (currently &pound;18,622 in 2023/24).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Duration of the Award</strong><br /> 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 /> <strong>Other Conditions</strong></p> <ul> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.</li> <li>Awards must be taken up by 1st October 2024.</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship.</li> </ul>

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

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong></p> <p>First, apply for a research place of study, through the <a href="">online application form</a>. Please state clearly that the funding you wish to be considered for is the &ldquo;School of Media and Communication PhD Scholarship&rdquo;. You will be expected to meet <a href="">our eligibility criteria</a> 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 together with a research proposal (3,000 &ndash; 3,500 words) and a CV. More information on what needs to be included can be found <a href="">here</a>.<br /> Once you have applied and received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong><br /> <br /> Apply for the School of Media and Communication PhD Scholarship by completing the <a href="">online scholarship application form</a>. You must submit your scholarship application by <strong>17.00 p.m. on 1 March 2024.</strong></p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).<br /> &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 this scholarship in the School of Media and Communication should normally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. A Masters degree is not a requirement but your application is seen more favourably if you have one - ideally you will have achieved a distinction or at least a merit, especially in your Masters dissertation. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the Graduate School Admissions Office prior to making an application.

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

The minimum English language entry requirement for postgraduate research study in the School of Media and Communication is an IELTS score of 6.5, with a writing component of 6.5 and no component less than 6.0. 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>

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