Funding: MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds (Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian Studies)

money [150-2]MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds (Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian Studies)

East Asian Studies, a constituent unit within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, at the University of Leeds, UK, would like to draw your attention to the funding opportunities in Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian Studies listed below. We invite applications from suitably qualified students intending to begin their MA or PhD study in October 2016.

The study of languages, cultures and linguistics enjoys over a century of history at the University of Leeds. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is one of the Europe’s leading centres for international-quality languages and cultures research and teaching. The School belongs to theFaculty of Arts, which was recently ranked in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University rankings. Researchers in the Faculty of Arts are currently running projects worth over £3 million, funded by research councils, charities and the European Union.  Within the School, you can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, the expertise and dedication of internationally recognised scholars.

East Asian Studies at Leeds has been established for over fifty years and, in 2004, it came together with the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield and the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds to create the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC).  Staff at Leeds pursue individual, collaborative and multidisciplinary research in the fields of language, literature, history, politics, economics, sociology, cultural studies, film and media studies, linguistics and translation studies. Underpinning our research is the appreciation of the key importance of language as a human institution and the intellectual, educational, and social value of its study. Detailed information about the research interests and areas of PhD supervision of our academic staff can be found here:

Please note that in order to be considered for the scholarships below, you need to have gained a place on one of our MA programmes or on the PhD programme at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. More information about the programmes is available here:

For the PhD, we advise you to contact a prospective supervisor and discuss your application with them before submitting it. For information on how to apply for PhD study at the University of Leeds, entry requirements and fees, please visit the research postgraduate admissions web page:

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC) PhD Studentships 
(closing date 2 February 2016)
The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre is a major collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It offers a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciencesOne PhD studentship is available for an outstanding UK/EU candidate proposing to begin a PhD or an integrated MA+PhD in East Asian Studies in October 2016. ESRC studentships fund research in the social sciences. The award will cover fees at the UK/EU level and maintenance for three years (PhD) or for four years (MA+PhD). Further information and application will be posted on the page below; please keep checking it.

WRoCAH PhD Studentships (Arts and Humanities)
(closing date midnight GMT on 2 February 2016)

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 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.
We encourage applications for PhD study in the areas of Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian languages, cultures, history, religions, visual and performing arts, film, media and related subjects.
Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study. They may only apply for AHRC 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:

Only UK/EU students are eligible to apply.

Sasakawa Studentships in Japanese Studies
(closing date 26 February 2016)

The studentships are part of the five-year programme designed to support the study of Japan in the UK at postgraduate level which the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation launched in 2014. Up to three studentships (MA or PhD) will be available per annum, each worth £10k. We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to pursue a MA or a PhD in Japanese studies starting October 2016.

The studentships are open to students of any nationality. Non-UK nationals applying for Masters studentships are eligible only if they are settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident for at least three years immediately preceding the start of their Masters course. This does not apply to PhD studentship candidates.

For further information and how to apply, see:

For informal inquiries about these funding opportunities, please contact Prof. Christopher Dent ( or Prof. Mark Williams (

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