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Applications open for PhD Studentships and Fee Waivers

Leeds Trinity University is a modern, anchor institution with a developing and vibrant research environment. We are therefore delighted to announce the launch of up to four full-time PhD studentships, that include a stipend and a tuition fee waiver. 

One of these studentships will be exclusively offered to a candidate from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background who must qualify for home (UK) fees. This ringfenced studentship is to continue our work towards race equality following our bronze award in the Race Equality Charter and to actively address under-representation at the highest level of research. We wish to encourage British BAME applicants to consider academic research in all disciplines.

We are also offering two doctoral fee waivers (without stipends) to graduates from Association of Commonwealth University member universities.

These opportunities are open to new applicants beginning their PhD studies on February 1st 2022.

Successful applicants will be required to reside in the Leeds area for at least the first year of the PhD and to make an active contribution to the University’s research culture, through up to 200 hours of work per annum as research assistants/tutors or similar.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon GMT on Friday 1st October, 2021.

About Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity is a small University with a big reputation that offers a personal and inclusive University experience in a research-led culture. Established in 1966 as a Catholic teacher training college, Leeds Trinity achieved University status in 2012 and is now looking to attract the next generation of researchers. Our faith-based values continue to inform our work and we welcome all, regardless of faith. For more information about the institution  please see the About Leeds Trinity page.      

The scale of the institution provides for a supportive culture and facilitates research across discipline boundaries. Our research degrees are validated by The University of Leeds, one of the UK’s leading research universities. Postgraduate Researchers can therefore supplement Leeds Trinity University’s research training offer with courses offered by The University of Leeds.


Finding a supervisor

Applications are invited to study in one of the three schools of the University listed below. Interested applicants should contact the listed school contact. They will guide you towards a suitable subject expert who is eligible to supervise in the area of interest. Interested applicants should discuss the feasibility of their research with a potential supervisor in the first instance to develop their research proposal.

Studentships will be awarded to selected applicants on the basis of competitive interview by a panel that will include external representation.

Institute (School) of Childhood Education (ICE)

ICE houses experts in Children, Young People and Families; and Teacher Education. 

Current research themes in ICE include:

  • special and inclusive education
  • child wellbeing
  • social justice
  • social work
  • vulnerable adults and children
  • young fatherhood
  • migration
  • ethnicity and culture
  • religious studies and indigenous religion

ICE School contact: Dr Duncan Martin D.Martin@leedstrinity.ac.uk

School of Communication Business and Law (SCBL)

SCBL houses experts in Business, Computer Science, Law, Media, Film, Television, Journalism, English and Creative Writing.

The School includes two research centres – the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS) and the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS).

Current research themes in SCBL include:

  • literary, cultural and intellectual heritage
  • translation studies, comparative literature and world literature
  • environmental and cultural history
  • theory of film and media practice, documentary studies
  • pedagogy
  • health care management, decision making, operations & supply chain management.

SCBL School contact: Rev Prof Jane de Gay j.degay@leedstrinity.ac.uk 

School of Health and Social Sciences (SHSS)

SHSS houses experts in Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHaPE); Psychology; and Criminology, Investigation and Policing (CIP).

Current research themes in SHapE include:

  • human performance and health (e.g. in sporting, occupational and extreme environments)
  • team sports
  • sports nutrition
  • sports coaching

Current research themes in Psychology include:

  • sport psychology
  • youth and occupational mental health
  • cross-cultural psychology
  • behaviour change
  • appetite control
  • eating behaviour and weight management
  • mental health
  • religion and culture

Current research themes in CIP include:

  • criminal justice and employability
  • youth justice
  • youth and adult prison research

SHSS School contact: Dr Martin Barwood m.barwood@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Advice for Applicants, Eligibility and Key Dates

These opportunities are available to new applicants beginning their PhD studies on February 1st 2022.

Four studentships with fee waiver and stipend

The four studentships will cover tuition fees up to the value of the home UK/EU rate (£4,000 a year for 2021-22) or, for international applicants, a full waiver at the international fee rate (i.e., £12,500 per year).

The studentship offer also includes a tax-free stipend for living expenses at UK Research Council rate (£15,609 a year for 2021-22) for up to three years of full-time study.

Two Commonwealth fee waivers

The Commonwealth fee waivers will include a full fee waiver up to the value of our full international fees (£12,500 per year) but will not include an associated stipend.

Reserved PhD studentship for UK BAME applicant

The BAME PhD studentship will only be offered to a UK BAME national. The following ethnic groups are considered as BAME:

  • Arab
  • Asian - Bangladeshi
  • Asian - Chinese
  • Asian - Indian
  • Asian - Other 
  • Asian - Pakistani
  • Black - African
  • Black - Caribbean
  • Black - Other 
  • Gypsy or Traveller
  • Mixed - White/Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White/Black African
  • Mixed - White and Asian
  • Mixed - Other 
  • Other - Any other Black or Minority Ethnic Group.

Submitting your application

You can apply by completing and returning the application form which you can download below.

Please specify at the start of your Research Proposal the potential supervisor who you have discussed your proposal with and which Studentship(s) and/or fee waiver you are applying for. You may apply for more than one if eligible: General Studentship / BAME Studentship / ACU Fee Waiver.

The deadline for applications to admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk is 12 noon on Friday 1st October, 2021. 

Committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Leeds Trinity University is proud to have been awarded a Bronze Race Equality Chartermark. We are committed to Equality and Diversity, the principles of which are described as part our Postgraduate Research Admissions Policy.

We actively seek applications from all parts of the community. Please note that, depending on your circumstances, there may be additional requirements (e.g., English Language qualifications, residency checks, student visa, completion of EU Settlement Scheme) that you need to meet in order to be considered for these opportunities. All applications are subject to receipt of supporting references.