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 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

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. Find out more and apply now through the WRoCAH website now.

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 10 January 2018

Scholarship Application – 5pm 24 January 2018

Brian Hogan Fellow Scholarship

The School of Law invites applications for the Brian Hogan Criminal Justice Fellowship from suitably qualified persons who wish to commence postgraduate research studies in the academic year 2018-19.

The Brian Hogan Criminal Justice Research Fellowship is available for those wishing to register for the MA by research (full-time) to undertake a project in the fields of either Criminal Justice or Criminal Law. The student will be registered in the School of Law and will work closely with scholars allied to the prestigious Centre for Criminal Justice Studies The scholarship provides a contribution of £2000 towards the cost of fees and is open to all applicants regardless of fee status.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic competition and we anticipate that the successful applicant will have achieved First Class honours at Bachelor level or very high Upper Second Class honours (including non-UK equivalents).

The scholarship honours Professor Brian Hogan who held the Chair of Common Law until his retirement in 1994. During this time he co-authored (with Professor Sir John Smith) the leading work, Smith and Hogan on Criminal Law.

This Fellowship will be awarded on a biennial basis.

The School will offer one Brian Hogan Criminal Justice Fellowship to one MA by Research candidate commencing their studies in October 2018. The award is open to full-time students (UK/EU or International) who have been offered a place on an MA by Research with a research project in the fields of either Criminal Justice or Criminal Law with the School of Law. The value of the award is £2,000 towards the cost of course fees for 2018-19.  

Closing date: 1 June 2018 23.59 GMT

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

Regulations

  • One scholarship is available for the academic year 2018-19. The award must be taken up for a start date of October 2018 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 £2,000. The successful applicant will be required to pay the balance of the fees remaining.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to the most academically outstanding candidate wishing to study full-time for an MA by Research.
  • Candidates must be wholly self-financing for the tuition fee element of the programme.
  • The Brian Hogan Criminal Justice Fellowship may be held in addition to the Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship.
  • Candidates must not already hold a Master’s degree either taught or research or a qualification higher than Bachelor level.
  • 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.

 

William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship

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 academic year 2017-2018.

The School will offer one William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship to a PhD candidate commencing their studies in October 2017 The award is open to full-time or part-time students (UK/EU) 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 for 2017-18.  International students are not eligible for this award.

Closing date: 1 June 2017 23:59 GMT

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

Regulations

  • One scholarship is available for the academic year 2017-18 . The award must be taken up for a start date of October 2017 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.. The scholarship may only be held in conjunction with a research and teaching scholarship, which will provide for maintenance.
  • 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.

Download conditions of the award


School of Law Teaching and Research Scholarship

The School invites applications from suitably qualified, prospective PhD students for a Teaching and Research Training Scholarship commencing October 2017  Up to three scholarships will be made available.

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 £11,000, 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.

The scholarship may be held in conjunction with the William Harrison scholarship which can be used to pay the tuition fee element. Eligible applicants will be assumed to be applying for the William Harrison Scholarship as well.

Closing date: 1 June 2017 23.59 GMTApplications 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. However, the School is particularly interested in receiving applications in the areas of private law (contract, tort, unjust enrichment and Chancery subjects) as well as legal education and the legal profession. Potential applicants should consult the School’s list of Research Supervisory Expertise.

 

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

There are a number of Leeds Doctoral Scholarships available for 2018 entry, which can be used with projects from across the Faculty.

Value
Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

Eligibility
To be eligible you must:

  • be a UK, EU or International fee paying applicant
  • have achieved at least a First Class (1) Honours degree or equivalent* in an appropriate subject at undergraduate level
  • meet the English language requirements of your programme of study if English is not your first language (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at registration; international applicants – by the relevant scholarship deadline)
  • not have already been awarded or currently be studying for a doctoral degree
  • not already be in receipt of a doctoral scholarship
  • have submitted a research degree application and be in receipt of a student ID number

*Candidates with a lower mark in their undergraduate degree will be considered if they have or are expected to receive a Distinction in a Masters programme relevant to their field of research, or if they can demonstrate relevant alternative experience (eg in industry or business).

How to apply

For more information on applying and the application form click here

Deadline: 1 June 2018

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.

University scholarships

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

 

Please note: 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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