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Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Extinction Studies 2023

Up to 5 Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships in Extinction Studies are available for Home fee-rated students for Session 2023/24 for study in the following Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Cultures; Biological Sciences; Environment; Social Sciences. There will also be one University of Leeds funded scholarship in Extinction Studies funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Scholarships are ONLY for Home rated fee students. International fee paying students are not eligible to apply.

Extinction is one of the great challenges of our times. As part of a doctoral training programme, hosted at the University of Leeds, we are offering full funding and an exciting interdisciplinary training programme for PhD students to work on topics relating to extinction and its meanings, histories and legacies. Working both individually and collaboratively, students will have the opportunity to explore the rich connections between the biological, cultural and social meanings of the global extinction crisis, and to clarify the responses and impacts that extinction is currently having upon societies and cultures across the world. 

Closing Date for Application forms 17:00 (UK time) Monday 6 February 2023

The programme is committed to inclusion and diversity, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.  We particularly welcome Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants, as these groups are historically under-represented amongst research postgraduates.  To this end, one of the six available scholarships is ring-fenced for BAME students.

Duration of the Award

Full-time (3 years) or part-time (5 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years (for full-time PGRs) or four years (for part-time PGRs), subject to satisfactory academic progress.


  • These awards provide fees at the University of Leeds home rate.
  • The awards provide a maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (£17,668 in Session 2022/23 for full-time study).

Other conditions

Applicants are required to work across at least two different disciplines, although they will be based in a host School and will need to be admitted to that School in order to be eligible for funding. Applicants may either apply to work on a pre-set topic (see details on the Extinction Studies websiteor develop their own research topic. In both cases, candidates are required to discuss their project with a prospective lead supervisor (see supervisor details on the Extinction Studies website) from their chosen host School prior to submitting a formal application.