PhD funding


The fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

Campus-based Phd£5,285 per year (minimum of 3 years of payment is required)£13,015 per year (minimum of 3 years of payment is required)
Distance Learning PhD£5,285 per year (4 years of payment is required)£10,930 per year (4 years of payment is required)

Funding Your PhD Study:

There is a wide range of resources to help you look for funding for your PhD fees, living costs or research expenses.

For UK / EU Students:

AHRC funded PhD studentships

The School is part of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Midlands 3 Cities which offers full and/or partial competitive studentships for PhD study each year. They are advertised on this page in the autumn of each year. The 2017 competition is now open.

ESRC funded PhD studentships

ESRC funded PhD studentships with the Midlands Graduate School.
Available for entry in 2017 for PhD projects in Social Research in Museum Studies.

Prospective EU applicants should note the UK Government's announcement of 11 Oct 2016 that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017-18 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

For International Students:

The University's International Postgraduate Research Excellence Scholarships for Oct 2017 entry will be announced here shortly.

Other Sources of Scholarships, Fees and Living Expenses:

A good place to start for help with fees and living costs is scholarships provided by your own country. Many of our PhD students are funded through scholarships from their country of origin.

You will find information about scholarships offered by the University of Leicester at Arts, Humanities, and Law PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Funding and at Social Science PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Funding.

The Find a PhD resource is a database for searching a wide range of PhD funding sources.

For students from Commonwealth countries you could review information about the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan to check your eligibility.

For students from Pakistan the Higher Education Commission has details of scholarships available to Pakistani students wishing to study abroad.

For students from the USA, see Fulbright Scholarships and  British Marshall Scholarships

For all International students see British Chevening Scholarships and British Council Fellowship Programmes

Living expenses only- Funds for Women Graduates.

Living Expenses for Third year of study only- Federation of Women Graduates.

See also the following printed publications:

  • The Grants Register
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

Once you are a student in the School you can search for funding to assist with research expenses through the University’s subscription to the research funding database ResearchProfessional

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Sunny Conference

Connect Members are invited to join us on the 29th June for an Accessible Design Workshop at the School (delivered in partnership with the National Trust) followed by drinks and refreshments at the Jodi Awards, Attenborough Arts

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Scholarships Available

Following the success of last year's scheme, we once again have two Open Scholarships and four 'Diversity Scholarships' available for applicants wishing to commence their studies in Autumn 2017. Each scholarship is worth £3,000, which will be awarded as a fee discount. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.

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