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Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarship - 2024/25


Key facts

Monday 18 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
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Two AHC Doctoral Scholarships are available for UK and International students for postgraduate research study in the following Schools: Design; English; Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies; History; Languages, Cultures and Societies; Media and Communications; Music; Performance and Cultural Industries and Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. <br /> <br /> The award includes full fees and a maintenance grant matching UKRI rates (which was GBP 18,622 in Session 2023/2024). <br /> <br /> These research scholarships are available for 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time study. Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship.<br /> <br /> These fully funded PhD places provide an exciting opportunity to pursue postgraduate research in a range of fields within arts, humanities and culture. The Faculty is home to a thriving, collaborative and international facing group of academic experts, who work with a variety of external partners: industry, charities, schools, social enterprises, local council, etc. <br /> <br /> The Faculty of Arts Humanities and Culture invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2024/25 for the Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarship. The award is open to full-time or part-time candidates (UK only) who have been offered a place on a PhD degree at a school within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Culture. Please note these scholarships are not available to distance learning candidates.

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

<p>The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures hosts postgraduate researchers (PGRs) involved in a broad range of projects &ndash; from those that focus on single concepts or multidisciplinary projects that seek to address global challenges and sustainable development. Due to our close relations across all Faculties within the University, collaborative projects can be proposed that are between schools within the Faculty or across the University. Close relationships have existed between all schools in the Faculty, but also across the University for example with the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Please take a look at our Graduate School website with links to all the schools within the Faculty to see the range of research and expertise. The successful applicant will become a member of the Leeds Doctoral College where the research journey and experience will be supported through dedicated training about research methods and approaches and help with access to a wide range of issues such as wellbeing, the Library, the students&rsquo; union and the Language Centre.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Information about the Award</strong></u></p> <p>The AHC Doctoral Scholarships are for students seeking a scholarship to support their PhD studies in any of the nine Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. The Faculty will consider applications from students seeking to undertake PhD study through any of the following programmes.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Doctoral Research within one School&nbsp;</li> <li>Doctoral Research across two Schools (Interdisciplinary)</li> </ul> <p>We are offering 2 full-time/ part-time PHD scholarships, covering a maintenance grant matching UKRI maintenance stipend (currently &pound;18,622 in 2023/24) and tuition fees, subject to satisfactory progress.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Duration of the Award</strong></u></p> <ul> <li>Full-time, 3 years in total (UK and International students) or part-time, 5 years in total (UK students only). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years (full time) or 4 years (part time), subject to satisfactory academic progress.</li> </ul> <p><u><strong>Other Conditions</strong></u></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.&nbsp;</li> <li>The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from applying.</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this scholarship. These scholarships are not available to distance learning candidates.</li> </ul>

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

<p><u><strong>Stage 1</strong></u></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 &ldquo;The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarship&rdquo;. You will be expected to meet our eligibility criteria for PHD candidates (please refer to<a href=""> each School website</a> for specific information).</p> <p>In order to be considered for the Studentship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for PhD study. For application to PhD study, it is important to develop a well considered research proposal and the Doctoral College provides useful advice on <a href="">how to write a research proposal </a>on their website. &nbsp;</p> <p>Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p><u><strong>Stage 2</strong></u></p> <p>Apply for &ldquo;The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Doctoral Scholarship&rdquo; by completing the <a href="">Scholarship Application Form</a>. You must submit your scholarship application by 17:00 p.m. on Monday 18<sup>th</sup> March 2024.</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).</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 an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. 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 study in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent (some Schools do have a higher requirement &ndash; please check your relevant School webpages). The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Please contact the AHC PGR Admissions Office if you have any questions about the English language requirements.

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