Leverhulme PhD Scholarships in UK 2014
The new Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships scheme was announced by the Leverhulme Trust Board in January 2014 as a means to support doctoral studies in UK universities and to nurture the future generation of aspiring young researchers. At a time of growing undergraduate debt, the Board wishes to ensure that increased indebtedness does not discourage graduates from undertaking doctoral study. The initial investment in the scheme is over £10 million, providing for 150 scholarships over the next three years.
- Scholarships are awarded in a subject area of the applicant university’s choice.
- Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral degree at UK Universities.
Eligibility: While the scholarships may be held by students of all nationalities, the Trust has a particular interest in supporting UK or EU students. The scheme is open to applications from any UK university. The Leverhulme Trust does not accept applications directly from graduates wishing to pursue doctoral study.
- UK/EU and international students (the Trust has a particular interest in supporting UK or EU students) can apply for these doctoral scholarships.
- The scheme will make ten awards of £1 million each to UK universities. Each award will fund 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at that institution, with five scholarships to be offered in each year of the three-year grant.
- These doctoral scholarships are offered for three years.
- The scheme will make ten awards of £1 million each to UK universities. Each scholarship is for a fixed sum of £70,000 over 36 months of full-time doctoral study, which will cover maintenance (at research council levels), tuition fees, with any remaining funds to be used for the Leverhulme Scholar’s research and training expenses.
- General criteria: When considering applications for this scheme we will use the normal Leverhulme Trust assessment criteria to identify applications of outstanding merit, that fit with the particular values of the Trust. These general assessment criteria are set out in detail in our approach to grant-making. Specific scheme criteria: There are three additional criteria that are specific to the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships scheme: -The strength of the case made by the applying university for the choice of subject area that has been identified as a priority for doctoral training at that institution. -How well the proposed scholarships fit within the applicant university’s current provision for doctoral training, and the extent to which the award would provide added value. -The extent to which the scholarships will deliver a legacy for the university’s research in the chosen area, and how well this legacy will be sustained beyond the three years of a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships grant.
- Successful applicants will be notified in December 2014.
- Universities may submit one application only. Applications must be submitted by a principal applicant, who must undertake to oversee delivery of the programme and to be responsible for the management of the award. All applications must be accompanied by a supporting statement from a designated representative for the applying university. This should be the pro-vice-chancellor for research, or someone holding a similar role.
- The application deadline is 11 September 2014.