Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Fees, funding and scholarships for research postgraduates

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Full details of Posgraduate Research Fees are available on the main university website:

We regularly offer the following scholarships to research postgraduates.

We have a large number of full and part-time PhD scholarship opportunities available throughout the academic year (see the tabs above), the deadline for which varies for each funding scheme. Across these scholarships there is opportunity for applicants wishing to study any area of law and/or criminology and criminal justice in which the School can offer expert supervision – see the School’s current register of Research Supervisory Expertise.

Informal enquiries can be made in connection with any of the scholarships offered by the School by contacting Professor Duncan Sheehan d.k.sheehan@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 34 39936.

For further information about the application procedure please contact the Law Admissions Office lawpgadm@leeds.ac.uk

ESRC Funded PhD Research Opportunities 

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 2017. 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 (£14,296 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. 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: 18 January 2017
Studentship application deadline: 1 February 2017

AHRC PhD studentships

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 doctoral 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. Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have 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.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website here.

We encourage PhD applications in doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, or comparative research studies that are focused on the content or procedures of the law.

AHRC studentship applications deadlines: 

Academic Application – 5pm 18 January 2017

Scholarship Application – 5pm 1 February 2017

William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship

The Scholarship Application Deadline has passed for session 2016/17

The School of Law invites applications for the William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship from suitably qualified persons who wish to commence postgraduate research studies in the next academic year.

The School will offer one William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship to one PhD candidate commencing their studies. The award is open to full-time or part-time students (UK/EU or International) who have been offered a place on a PhD with the School of Law. The value of the award is equivalent to the cost of Home/EU Rated course fees.  

Closing date: TBC

Applicants must use the application form below, which is available to download.
Application form


  • One scholarship is available for the academic year. The award must be taken up for a start date of TBC and cannot be carried forward with a deferred offer.
  • The scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction, the amount of which is equivalent to the full value of UK/EU fees. Those assessed to pay fees at the International Rate will be required to pay the balance of any fees remaining.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to the most academically outstanding candidate wishing to study full-time or part-time for a PhD. The award may be renewed on an annual basis to a maximum of three years (five years PT). Renewal is subject to proof of satisfactory academic progression.
  • Candidates must be wholly self-financing for the tuition fee element of the programme
  • The William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship cannot be held in addition to the Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship.
  • Candidates must not already hold a doctorate or equivalent.
  • The scholarship will only be awarded once the offer of the academic place has been confirmed.

 The successful candidate will be advised in writing as soon as possible after the scholarship committee has met.

School of Law Teaching and Research Scholarship

The Scholarship Application Deadline has passed for session 2016/17

The School invites applications from suitably qualified, prospective PhD students for a School of Law Teaching and Research Training Scholarship, This is a prestigious School-funded award that has both a research and training component. The successful applicant will register with the University for a three-year programme of study for a PhD degree, receiving regular academic supervision, support and research training throughout. They will also be expected to undertake a specified amount of undergraduate teaching and academic support to students in each year of study as directed by the School, as well as a modest amount of marking in the final year of their studies. The scholarship provides a maintenance grant of £10,000, plus a payment for teaching and/or other academic duties up to £3,500. Please note that the teaching work payment may count as taxable income, whereas the maintenance payment is tax free.

Closing date: TBC

Applications are invited from any area of law or criminology/criminal justice that is broadly consummate with the research supervision expertise currently available in the School. Potential applicants should consult the School’s list of Research Supervisory Expertise.


Alumni Postgraduate Bursary

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.

The University of Leeds offers a number of awards for both Taught and Research postgraduate students.

Around half of our research students receive some kind of support from the University for their studies. We strongly encourage you to apply for one of these awards.

For full details on funding available, please see:

If you are applying for funding you will also need to submit an application for postgraduate study in the School.  You should ensure that you do this within plenty of time to allow for the consideration process and to meet any deadlines for award applications.  We strongly advise applicants to apply at least a month before any relevant scholarship deadline.  You should also ensure that you provided the following supporting documentation to the School as part of your application:

  • Full Transcripts (or transcript of results to date where a degree result is not yet known) in English and original language if outside the UK
  • Two Academic references
  • A Research Proposal (see How to apply for guidance)

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