Fully funded PhDs aim to attract the very best international students

The University of Leeds is offering a number of Fully Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS) for PhDs beginning in 2012/13. The deadline for application is 23 January.

The scholarships cover full international fees and provide maintenance for living expenses.  FIRS last for three years subject to academic progress) and are applicable to researchers undertaking PhDs in any of the University's nine faculties.

Professor Paul Harrison, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies commented:

"We are delighted to be able to offer the FIRS scholarships as part of our ongoing drive of attracting the finest academic talent from around the world.

The University of Leeds is one of the largest centres for research training in the UK, and has an outstanding reputation in research as highlighted by our success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Our community of over 2,000 postgraduate researchers form a vital part of our vibrant research culture, and our commitment to training the next generation of excellent researchers is demonstrated by our significant investments in supporting researchers' personal and professional development.

Competition for these scholarships will be fierce, and it's vital those applying meet the exacting eligibility criteria. Accomplished individuals who choose to come to Leeds will work with academics who are leaders in their fields, in an environment committed to research interdisciplinarity and excellence."

Can I apply?

Competition for the FIRS will be extremely high so candidates should ensure they meet all the eligibility criteria. The deadline for application is 23 January 2012 and all applicants must:

  • have applied for an academic place for PhD research study at the University of Leeds and be in receipt of a University BANNER ID Number (Student ID Number
  • normally be liable to pay academic fees at the full international fee rate
  • hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree and should be considered to be amongst the 'best of the best' (successful applicants are likely to be in the top 5% of their MSc/MA and BSc/BA cohorts and already in receipt of prizes at national or international level).  Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study
  • have already met the University's English Language requirements by 23 January 2012
  • be ready to undertake PhD research study for the first time in Session 2012/13
  • have not already have been awarded a Doctoral degree or equivalent qualification
  • successful award holders must not hold another Scholarship

How to apply

If you are satisfied you meet the eligibility criteria, application forms, regulations and guidance notes for completion of applications are available here: How to apply for the FIRS Scholarship

Completed application forms should be returned to the Postgraduate Scholarships Office or by email to pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk by 23 January 2012 (midnight UK time).

Visit our Scholarships web pages to read more about FIRS and other funding opportunities

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