The Social Sciences building at the University of Leeds

Leeds University Faculty of Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarships

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.

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.

The Faculty is inviting applications from candidates from UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities currently underrepresented within postgraduate research.

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.

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.

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.

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).

To find out about doctoral study in one of our Schools, see the relevant School pages:
School of Education
School of Law
School of Politics and International Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy

To find out more about what it’s like to be a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences, see some of our PGR student and alumni profiles.

Other Conditions:

  • 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.
  • Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.
  • Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2023.
  • Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.
  • 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.

We will hold two online information sessions about these scholarships and the application process in December 2022 and February 2023. Click here to register.