Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarship opportunities to support and reward students from around the world. If you are a UK student you may be able to receive government support to help towards your tuition fees and living costs.

Below is a selection of the funding currently available – you can find application forms, along with more scholarships and awards, on the University’s postgraduate scholarships database.

Alumni Bursary

  • Bursary worth 10% of self-funded tuition fees.
  • Open to graduates of the University of Leeds.
  • Email us for application information.

Masters funding:

School of Performance and Cultural Industries Masters Scholarships

  • 4 awards available.
  • Taught postgraduate courses only.
  • Award worth UK/EU tuition fees or partial international fees.
  • Open to UK, EU and international students.
  • Application deadline 1 June 2018.
  • Apply through the postgraduate scholarships database.

Leeds Masters Scholarships

The aim of these scholarships is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. They are funded by the generous donations from our alumni through the University of Leeds Footsteps Fund. The job market is becoming progressively more competitive, and a postgraduate qualification will help set you apart and help you take advantage of potential career opportunities.

  • Taught postgraduate courses only.
  • Award worth £5,000.
  • Open to UK students.
  • Application deadline 29 June 2018.
  • Apply through the postgraduate scholarships database.

Research degree funding:

Please note that to apply for funding you first need to have applied for your course of choice. If you are thinking about applying for any of these awards we recommend you contact our Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Ben Walmsley, for guidance.

School of Performance and Cultural Industries Research Scholarships

  • 2 awards available.
  • Research postgraduate courses only.
  • One award worth UK/EU tuition fees, and one award worth UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant.
  • Open to UK, EU and international students.
  • Application deadline 1 June 2018.

To apply for a School Scholarship, please send a 500-600 word personal statement to Linda Watson (pciphd@leeds.ac.uk). In this statement please ensure that you address:

  1. how your previous experience, qualifications and interests would equip you to undertake the proposed research;
    2. how you would formulate the project within the scope of the specialist supervision available in the School and its relevant areas of research expertise.

You should arrange for two academic references to be sent to us by the deadline.

Selection criteria
Candidates for all scholarships will be shortlisted and selected according to a range of relevant skills, qualities, experience and academic achievements. The most important criteria are as follows:

  • your potential to achieve academic excellence and provide an original contribution to your research field in your doctoral study;
  • your ability to complete your proposed research project within three years.

We will assess this potential through your application form, accompanying statement, CV and interview.

Cultural Institute Doctoral Scholarship with East Street Arts

  • Research postgraduate courses only.
  • Award worth approximately £14,000.
  • Open to UK, EU and international students.
  • Application deadline 9 March 2018.
  • Email us for application information.

Supervised by Dr Jonathan Ward and Dr Leila Jancovich (School of Performance and Cultural Industries) with Leeds-based arts organisation East Street Arts.

East Street Arts is currently developing Guild, a four year project (2018–2022) conducted with significant national and international partners including a-n The Artists Information Company, and funded through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

Guild is focused on developing sustainable artists’ spaces, and examining their value and impact on the national cultural landscape. Guild will support the growth of innovative operating models for artists and art spaces by providing learning programmes that are embedded within localities, and by working directly with decision- and policy-makers. Find out more.

Working alongside East Street Arts and within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries we welcome proposals for doctoral research that will critically engage with Guild’s themes and aims. The range of possible topics in this area is wide but we are particularly interested in receiving applications that explore the following research questions and issues:

  • Is it possible to embed artists and artists’ spaces within localities without perpetuating the negative impact of regeneration and replacement?
  • Can the use of temporary spaces benefit artists, audiences and localities long-term? If so, how?
  • What is the role of artists’ spaces in driving innovation and economic growth?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the relationships and partnerships developed between the arts sector and asset-based stakeholders (e.g. LEPs, landlords/property developers, Business Improvement Districts, social housing and local authority planning departments)?

Applications are invited from a range of disciplines across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The precise methodology will depend on how the research questions are framed, but it is anticipated that the research will be empirical and involve contact with practitioners and policymakers.

There are extensive, well-established networks which the researcher will be able to access through East Street Arts as well as within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and the Cultural Institute, and across the University of Leeds. Additional financial support is available for events and publications through Guild.

As this is a collaborative award the successful applicant will be expected to be embedded within East Street Arts as well as the University’s research culture. This would normally require the researcher to be based in Leeds up to three days a week.

AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships

  • 2 awards available.
  • Research postgraduate courses only.
  • Award worth UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant.
  • Open to UK, EU and international students.
  • Application deadline 9 March 2018.
  • Apply through the postgraduate scholarships database.

University of Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

  • 5 awards available.
  • Research postgraduate courses only.
  • Award worth UK/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant.
  • Open to UK, EU and international students.
  • Application deadline 9 March 2018.
  • Apply through the postgraduate scholarships database.

Other funding

PhD students can apply to the School for up to £300 a year in support of appropriate research-based activities such as fieldwork and presenting at conferences.

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