Funding: MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds

money [150-2]MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds
(Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific 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 2017.

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 the Faculty 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
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 sciences. One 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 2017. 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.
Closing date: 1 February 2017

Sasakawa Studentships for Japanese Studies
Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for PhD (full time and part time) and UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme including MA by research (MAR). Non-UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme.
Value of award: £10,000
Enquiries: Professor Mark Williams (<>)
Further information can be found here<>
Closing date: 24 February 2017
2017 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.  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.
Closing date: 1 February 2017

University Research Scholarships
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 (£14,057 in Session 2016/17). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.
Eligibility: Applicants must have already met the University’s English Language requirements prior to registration (some School requirements higher than University minimum). Be commencing PhD research degree study at the University of Leeds for the first time in Session 2017/18.
Value of award: academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16)
Further information available here<….
Closing date: 10 March 2017

Arts Cross Disciplinary Awards
Two Faculty of Arts Cross Disciplinary Research Scholarships will be available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study commencing in October 2017. These scholarships have been created to meet a need for studentships for postgraduate research proposals that clearly cross two Schools within the Faculty of Arts.
Value of award: The awards will cover the cost of academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and a maintenance grant up to £14,296 per annum (rate for Session 2016/17). The level of funding for part-time awards will be pro-rata (50%).
Further info and how to apply<…
Closing date: 10 March 2017
AHRC WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters Studentships
MA by Research, full or part-time.
Eligibility: Home/EU students only. For students intending to progress to PhD study.
Fees and maintenance: £14,296 in Session 2016/17+ for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates) if they meet the residency criteria. 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.
More information here:<> Please note that you need to enter “taught postgraduate” (rather than research) under Level of Study in order to retrieve the information.
Closing date: 5 May 2017

Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) Scholarships
Eligibility: Available to all new UK/EU and International students undertaking full-time or part-time MA or PhD study (Masters by Research and PhD) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds
Value of award: Part-fee bursaries at UK/EU fee levels may be awarded to individual applicants at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee.
Please note: All eligible candidates who have submitted an application for study by the closing date will be considered. No separate application required. Nominated and reserve candidates only will be contacted.
Closing date: 11 June 2017

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

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