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Cowdray Scholarship in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies - 2024/25


Key facts

Friday 23 February 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
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is delighted to offer one Masters by Research award for a student to commence their project in October 2024. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees and maintenance, matching UKRI stipends (currently 18,622 GBP in the 2023/24 academic year).

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

<p>The Cowdray Scholarship in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is open to full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months) candidates. Part-time candidates will be paid pro rata.</p> <p>Successful applicants will produce an original piece of research of approximately 30,000 words with the support of two supervisors and additional research training provided by the School. The School welcomes projects which have the potential to benefit from the research interests and expertise of academic staff working in the field of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the <a href="">School of Languages, Cultures and Societies</a> at the University of Leeds. Scholarship holders are expected to contribute actively to the research culture and postgraduate experience in the School (e.g. by organising and promoting research activities and supporting postgraduate recruitment).</p>

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<p>Leeds is recognised as a global centre for research in the arts and humanities, with a consistent record of performing exceptionally in UK measures of quality, excellence and impact. As one of the largest and most diverse arts and humanities faculty in the UK, our research projects range widely by period, geography and theme but are united by their focus on innovation, academic rigour and global reach.</p> <p>With world-leading researchers, and world-class archives and facilities, we generate innovative, intellectually and socially significant research within a wide spectrum of disciplines, and across an exceptionally strong range of interdisciplinary strengths.</p> <p>We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated quality research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. To achieve this our research is user-led and solutions focused, driven by the needs of our partners and stakeholders.</p> <p>As an international research-intensive university,&nbsp;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;Within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies 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.&nbsp;Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</p>

<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 the Cowdray scholarship. You will be expected to meet our<a href=""> eligibility criteria</a> for PhD candidates.</p> <p>In order to be considered for the Scholarship you must submit all the required supporting documents for your application for PhD study together with (transcripts, references and research proposal). You can find all information on our <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p>Between the application in stage 1 and stage 2 you may be invited for an interview to assess your planned research application with a team of senior academics.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Stage 2</strong></u></p> <p>Apply for the School of Cowdray scholarship by completing the <a href="">scholarship application form</a>. &nbsp;You must submit your scholarship application by 17.00 p.m. on 23<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;February 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>

<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 research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. A degree from a country in which English is the primary language can also be accepted as evidence of English language qualifications provided that it is less than two years old by the start date of the proposed course of study.

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

<p>Informal&nbsp;enquiries can be directed in the first instance to Professor Thea Pitman, Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies,&nbsp;at&nbsp;;</p> <p>For further information on the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office at&nbsp;</p>

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