Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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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.

The School of Music has two WRoCAH AHRC Studentships available for 2017/18. Applicants for this scheme should first apply to study for a research degree at the University of Leeds (by the end of December 2016). The WRoCAH application form and details of how to apply (closing date 1st February 2017) are available via the link below:


University Research Scholarships (URS)
Up to 18 University Research Scholarships are available for students from the United Kingdom and other 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 (this was £14,296 in Session 2016/17). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.For UK/EU students. Closing date for applicants: Thursday 1 June, 2017.

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 2017. 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: Thursday 1 June, 2017.

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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