2017 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Call 2017 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Call

Now open to applications from UK universities, the 2017 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Call offers ten grants of £1.05 million each to fund full-time scholarships for doctoral study in a subject area of the applicant university’s choice.

Funding Overview

Ten awards will fund 15 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at each winning institution, with five scholarships to be offered in each year of the three-year grant. UK universities may submit one application only, and joint applications are not accepted from groups or consortia of universities.

The awards are offered in a subject area or thematic area that applicant universities have identified as a research priority. The chosen area should be sufficiently broad to sustain five doctoral students in each of the three years of the grant, but it should also have a clear and coherent overarching thematic identity.

Further Information

Each scholarship is for a fixed sum of £70,000 for each student over 36 months of full-time doctoral study. This 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.

Preparing for a Submission: Information and Networking Event at UEA

An internal sift process will take place in April and May 2017 to select the application to be submitted by UEA. The Postgraduate Research Service will be holding a session on 17 March 2017 to provide information on this process, and to learn from academic colleagues involved in leading doctoral programmes at UEA. In line with the importance of transcending disciplinary boundaries for the Leverhulme Trust, this event will also provide an opportunity to discuss interdisciplinary ideas ahead of the UEA internal sift.

This event will take place on 17 March 2017 from 9:30 to 11:00 (Queen’s Building 01.09).

Registration is required; please contact Simon Dowsett (REN) if you wish to attend.


  • Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

Dr. Vivien Easson, Head of the PGR Service, and Dr. Audrey Heppleston, International and Postgraduate Research Funding Manager

  • Doctoral Bids: Development and Delivery

Prof Peter Waldron, Academic Lead, CHASE (AHRC DTP) and Prof Bill Sturges, Director, Env East (NERC DTP)

  • Developing a bid for Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships at UEA: Networking and Discussion

Submitting an Expression of Interest to the UEA Internal Sift

The deadline to submit an expression of interest to the UEA internal sift is 20 April 2017. Completed application forms should be sent to Audrey Heppleston (PGR Service, EFB 2.30).

Application Form: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships – Expression of Interest


February 2017 Full details of call available on The Leverhulme Trust Website
17 March 2017 Information and Networking Session, 9:30-11:00 in Queen’s Building 01.09
20 April 2017 Expressions of interest to be submitted to Audrey Heppleston, International and Postgraduate Research Funding Manager
End April 2017 Comments sought from Deans/Associate Deans of Faculty/Academic Director and comparative data on areas in submitted bids prepared by PGR and REN
4 May 2017 Expressions of interest, comments and comparative data to be sent to Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) for her decision on which bid will be developed for submission
15 May 2017 Feedback given to those who submitted expressions of interest
May - July 2017 Bid writing group set up with involvement from academic staff, PGR and REN
18 July 2017 Bid submission deadline
November 2017 Notification from The Leverhulme Trust of successful bids
1 October 2018 First Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars start at chosen institutions