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School of Geography Full Fee Scholarships

2 full fee scholarships are available for full-time PhD study in the School of Geography commencing in 2015.  These scholarships are open to UK/EU or international applicants with an excellent academic track records who have (or who are applying for) a secure source of maintenance funding for at least 3 years of study. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement to date, research potential and the security of maintenance funding. The start date for study is flexible but would normally be 1 October 2015.  Scholarships must be taken up no later than 1st November 2015. Fee scholarships will be awarded for 1 year in the first instance and will be renewed for a maximum of 3 years (in total) subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Minimum of a high 2(i) honours degree (or equivalent) in Geography or a related discipline. A Masters degree in an appropriate discipline is also desirable along with evidence of excellent research potential (e.g prizes, publications). Applicants must meet the University’s English language requirement by the time the scholarship is taken up (see http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/phd/Entry%20Requirements/


Additional Requirements

Applicants must have (or be in the process of applying for) maintenance funding for at least 3 years of study. Full-time students are not permitted to undertake paid work outside the research programme (with the exception of up to 100 teaching hours or other work within the university per year to aid career development) so full funding must be secure at the start of the studentship. This is to ensure that scholarship recipients do not encounter financial difficulties during their studies which may prevent successful completion of their PhD. Maintenance funding will ideally come from another scholarship or sponsorship source (e.g. external government, university or industry). However, self-funding students who already have funds in place to cover 3 years of living costs are eligible to apply. Please see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130112/fees_and_funding/151/your_finances for guidance on the cost of living in Leeds as a student. It is essential that applicants give full details of how maintenance costs will be met on the scholarship application form.

How to apply

Submit an application for research degree study (including all supporting paperwork) and complete a School of Geography full fee scholarship application form by midnight 26 January 2015. Ideally PhD applications will be submitted in advance of the scholarship deadline if possible.  Applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their applications by mid March 2015.  Interviews (in person or by Skype) may be held with applicants by potential supervisors as part of the application process.