Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Scholarships and fees

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Current School of Media and Communication annual fees for 2017/18 are £4,250 for Home (UK) and European Union (EU) students, and £16,500 for international students. See the University Postgraduate Research Fees page for further details and information on criteria for Home/EU/International status.

A number of PhD Scholarships are available to those who intend to begin PhD study in the School of Media and Communication. Some are available only to Home (UK) or European Union students and some are available to both Home (UK)/EU and ‘international’ (non-UK/EU) students.

All scholarships will cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate, and some will also cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s international rate. All scholarships run for three years and provide an annual maintenance at the UK Research Council rate (£14,296 per year in 16/17). The total value of a Scholarship in Session 2016/17 was £18,549 (the total value for those funding international fees was £29,557). These amounts will be reviewed annually to be in line with inflation.

The following studentships are open to UK/EU students only:

ESRC and WRDTP Funded PhD research degree studentship (now closed)

The School is pleased to offer a research degree studentship 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. These Open Competition Pathway PhD studentship awards will enable successful applicants to commence their studies at the University of Leeds in October 2017. These are very prestigious, fully-funded studentships and will be awarded on academic merit.

Studentship applications are invited within the following broad pathway areas although it is most likely that applicants to the School of Media and Communication will apply to pathway 4. More information on the pathways can be found at http://wrdtc.ac.uk/dtp-interdisciplinary-pathways/ and it is only necessary for applicants to suggest a potential pathway as part of their application.

  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

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. The awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU. Full awards (for eligible candidates) provide fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17). 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.

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 here.

School research programme application deadline: 18 January 2017
Studentship application deadline: 1 February 2017

AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Studentship (now closed)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is the UK’s main provider of postgraduate awards in the social sciences. The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Although no studentship for 2016-19 is specifically reserved for media and communication studies, School of Media and Communication applicants can compete with other candidates in other subjects for at least one and perhaps more studentships.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have first applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. For more information, please see: http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition.

University Research Scholarships (URS) (now closed)

The University of Leeds has up to 18 University Research Scholarships (URS) available for students from the UK and EU countries who are commencing PhD study from October 2017. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,296 in Session 2016/17). Applications must be made through the University’s scholarship site.

The following studentships are open to UK/EU students AND international students:

School of Media and Communication Open Scholarships (now closed)

The School of Media and Communication is offering three PhD Scholarships for study commencing in September/October 2017 with applications being welcome in two phases. Applications for Phase 1, which offers two scholarships, are invited by 2 February 2017 and is now closed. Phase 2 offers one further scholarship with application to be submitted by 1 May 2017.

Please note that applicants who have applied for Phase 1 scholarships are not eligible to apply in Phase 2.

The scholarship cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years. They are intended to support full-time study leading to a PhD in any area of the School’s research activities and are open to both home/EU and international applicants. Please note that the scholarship only pays fees at the rate for home/EU fees, even to international students.

Open School Scholarship candidates are encouraged to apply for other scholarships through schemes such as the ESRC or AHRC White Rose schemes and those who have made applications to multiple scholarships will be considered favourably.

Applicants are strongly advised to make informal enquiries to the School or an individual supervisor well in advance of the deadline. Applicants should normally have already received an offer for PhD study from the School before applying for the scholarship – please see the ‘how to apply’ tab for details.

Please email mediaphd@leeds.ac.uk for a School scholarship application form.

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships (now closed)

The University of Leeds offers a number of fully funded scholarships for UK/EU and international students who are commencing PhD studies from October 2017. The award covers tuition fee up to three years and maintenance matching Research Council UK rates. Applications from all suitable-qualified candidates are welcome, but those from black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are particularly encouraged.

More details can be found here.

There are a number of other centrally-funded scholarships available, with deadlines from January to June. Look out for these at the University of Leeds scholarship website and apply for as many as possible.

How to apply for a scholarship

To be considered for a scholarship you must have completed an application for PhD study and be in receipt of a Student ID Number well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Applicants should normally have already received an offer for PhD study from the School before applying for a scholarship. Applicants are also strongly advised to make informal enquiries to the School or an individual supervisor well in advance of the deadline. This helps the School identify potential scholarship candidates and to recommend other funding opportunities that you may be eligible for. It also ensures that supervisors will be able to prepare supporting statements for scholarship applications that are well informed and tailored to each candidate and funding opportunity.

Each scholarship has its own application form. Please ensure you follow the correct procedures that apply to the various scholarships.

See ‘How to apply’ for details of the information needed to apply for PhD study and what should accompany your scholarship application.

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