Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music


Possible Funding Sources

WRoCAH AHRC Competition 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. Doctoral researchers with the WRoCAH develop their employability skills with a cohort, learning and networking with each other in a unique and tailored training programme.

Applicants for this scheme should first apply to study for a research degree at the University of Leeds (preferably by the end of December 2017). The WRoCAH application form and details of how to apply (deadline 17:00 GMT on 24 January 2018) are available via the link below:


LDS and LIDS (Leeds Doctoral Scholarships and Leeds International Doctoral scholarships)
The deadline for applications is 9 March 2018. The awards will cover fees plus a maintenance grant of c.£14,553.

AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships                                                                Deadline: 9 March 2018. These 2 scholarships will be awarded to postgraduate research proposals that clearly cross two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. The awards will cover the cost of academic fees, plus a maintenance grant of up to £14,553. The level of funding for part-time awards will be pro-rata.

Commonwealth PhD scholarships
Funded by the UK Department of Education, these scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to lead in the pursuit of global excellence in research and knowledge, as well as academic merit and the quality of their plan of study. The deadline for applications is 22 May 2018. Full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here.

Brotherton Bursary
The Brotherton Bursary competition is for PhD applicants wishing to work on the Herbert Thompson or Moody Collections in the Brotherton Library. One bursary of £1000 will be awarded, which will be offset against the first year’s fees for students beginning their studies in October 2018. Closing date for applications is 14:00 on 1 June 2018; further details can be found at this link.

Stanley Burton Scholarship
One Stanley Burton Research Scholarship will be available for a student from the UK or other EU country for full time PhD study in the School of Music from October 2018. The award will cover the cost of academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and provides a maintenance grant of £12,000 per annum. Closing date for applicants: Friday 1 June, 2018.

Further details of all these scholarships can be found at the University of Leeds Scholarships Office website (opens in a new window)


The university offer an Alumni Bursary worth 10% of the course fee for studying at Masters or PhD level. To be eligible, you must have obtained an undergraduate or postgraduate full degree award from the University of Leeds. Further details are available here

Other scholarship opportunities include:

British Council (opens in a new window) (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY)
The Leverhulme Trust (opens in a new window)
Economic and Social Research Council (opens in a new window)
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (opens in a new window)
International Foundation for Music Research (opens in a new window)
Funds for Women Graduates (opens in a new window)

An extensive list of funding bodies is available on request from the Postgraduate Administrator following the submission of your application.

From the second year of their PhD study, students may apply for a certain amount of teaching work each year. The University is committed to supporting the training of PhD students and endeavours to offer them teaching experience; however,it should be noted that opportunities are limited by budgetary considerations and the curriculum needs of the School. Further details are available from the Postgraduate Research Tutor.

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