Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Funding for taught postgraduate students

In this Section:

POLIS International Excellence Scholarship

There are up to six partial fee scholarships (£4,000) available to international fee paying students, which can be used on any full-time Masters course offered by the School of Politics and International Studies, starting in September 2018.

Conditions of the award

  • Not open to individuals who are already holding another award which covers the payment of tuition fees in full or part, with the exception of the Alumni Bursary award.
  • Not open to individuals who have already been awarded a doctoral degree or equivalent.
  • Receipt of the scholarship is conditional upon you commencing your period of study by registering no later than 1st October in the academic year for which the award is offered.
  • Scholarships cannot be deferred to a later year.
  • If you are successful you must confirm acceptance of your offer of a place on a Masters programme and the scholarship award within two weeks of notification of the award otherwise the scholarship will be awarded to another applicant.

How to apply

Download an application form and return your completed application to pgpolis@leeds.ac.uk by the closing date.

Closing date: 5 June 2018

University scholarships

The University of Leeds also offers other general scholarships and awards for postgraduate research students. Visit Scholarships at Leeds for more information.

Scholarships at Leeds

Alumni Postgraduate Bursary

Introduced in 2013, the Alumni Postgraduate Bursary is available to former University of Leeds students. Those who qualify are eligible for a 10 percent tuition fee bursary.  The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards as the 10 percent bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining. If you are thinking of continuing your studies to postgraduate level, we would love for you to stay with us.

More information about the Alumni Bursary


ESRC Studentships

The School is pleased to offer a number of research degree studentships as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP).

The WRDTP is one of 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships to be accredited by the ESRC in recognition of the high quality training and development it offers researchers across a broad range of subjects. A number of Open Competition Pathway PhD studentship awards are available, enabling successful applicants to commence their studies at the University of Leeds in October 2018. These are very prestigious, fully-funded studentships and will be awarded on academic merit.

Studentship applications are invited within the following broad areas:

  1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability
  2. Security, Conflict, and Justice
  3. Education, Childhood, and Youth
  4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies
  5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities
  6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity
  7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy

In addition to these Pathway studentship awards, we welcome applications for Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) studentships from applicants who expect to use AQM in their research project and for Cross-Research Council studentships, available for applicants whose research project will transcend the intellectual disciplinary boundaries of the UK Government’s Research Councils.

The awards

All awards are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four year MA + PhD (1+3) studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst these awards are in the main only available to nationals from the UK and EU, a small number of AQM awards are open to applicants paying fees at the international rate.

Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,553 in Session 2017/18). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award. AQM awards include an enhanced stipend of £3,000 per annum for full-time PhD study.

Timescales and how to apply

Candidates for these studentships must firstly apply online for a postgraduate research programme in the School and be in possession of a Student ID Number in order to be eligible and then apply separately for a studentship award.

Full details about these studentships, including eligibility, regulations and how to apply can be found in this information sheet.

Research programme application deadline: 5pm 10 January 2018
Studentship application deadline: 5pm 24 January 2018

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