PhD funding for biological research at the University of Leeds

book-631748_1280If you are interested in doing a PhD but are struggling to find funding that fits your project or have been unsuccessful in applications to the funding schemes that are scattered around (e.g. the NERC DTP schemes that are interviewing at the moment) then don’t despair! There are always funny little pots of money that you can apply to.  The University of Leeds has three such scholarships available that can be used to fund PhD research in biological sciences (and some other areas). These all close on 1st June but if you are interested in applying please do get in touch with me (or one of my colleagues in the Ecology and Evolution Research Group) to discuss a potential project.  The sooner the better!


Scheme: Frank Stell Scholarship

Deadline: 1 June 2015 (23:59 UK time)

Area of study: Biology, Agricultural Science or Social and Political Science.

Pays for: Academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant of £10,000 per annum. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs. Available for one year and renewable for two more years according to satisfactory progress.

Weird eligibility rule: Beneficiaries of the awards must be resident or have a parent or parents resident within the former administrative area of the County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire.  (‘Resident’ usually means having lived in the area for three years immediately prior to application, but please note that living in an area whilst studying does not constitute residence under the terms of this Scholarship).

If you or your parents have lived in West Yorkshire for the past three years then let me know – any biological PhD topics are eligible. I’d be interested in topics on urban biodiversity, especially of wetlands and rivers, and possibly to look at socio-ecological variables.


Scheme: Frank Parkinson Scholarship

Deadline: 1 June 2015 (23:59 UK time)

Area of study: Any

Pays for: Academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant of £10,000 per annum. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs. Available for one year and renewable for two more years according to satisfactory progress.

Weird eligibility rule: Beneficiaries under the Fund must be born of British parents who have been domiciled in Yorkshire for a period of not less than ten years.  The years of domicile need not be successive, but must amount to ten in the aggregate.  All candidates will be required to supply proof of eligibility in respect of British nationality and the Yorkshire domicile of parents.

If you are British and your parents have lived in Yorkshire for at least 10 years then let me know – any PhD topics are eligible. I’d be interested in topics on urban biodiversity, especially of wetlands and rivers, and possibly to look at socio-ecological variables.


Scheme: W B Crump Scholarship

Deadline: 1 June 2015 (23:59 UK time)

Area of study: Studies relating to the economic, social and industrial history, archaeology, geography or botany of Yorkshire and the Pennines or the North of England generally

Pays for: Academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant of £10,000 per annum. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs. Available for one year and renewable for two more years according to satisfactory progress.

Weird eligibility rule: None.

There are some fascinating socio-ecological topics that we can look at for this around the geography or botany of Yorkshire and the North of England. Topics could include urban biodiversity or urban design.

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