University of Leicester Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarship


The University was founded as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. The site for the University was donated by a local businessman, Thomas Fielding Johnson, in order to create a living memorial for all local people who made sacrifices during the First World War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut vitam habeant – 'so that they may have life'.

Students were first admitted to the college in 1921, sitting examinations for external degrees awarded of the University of London. In 1927 the institution became University College, Leicester; 30 years later the college was granted its Royal Charter. This gave it the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees.


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is pleased to offer eight International Excellence Scholarships to the value of £15,000* for September 2018 entry, to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs.


  • Awards will be granted to the strongest applicants based on an assessment of your: - research proposal - academic record and - supporting references

  • You must be an international (non-EU) fee paying applicant.

  • You must be able to commence studies in September 2018 as a full-time campus based student or part time Distance Learning student.

  • You must have obtained a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject.

  • You must have obtained a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject.

  • You must meet our English language requirements or show evidence of achieving this by September 2018.


  1. Explore the University of Leicester’s research areas (College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities) and ensure supervision is offered in your area of study.

  2. Draft a research proposal. Please refer to the guidelines for research proposals on the relevant subject page you wish to research.

  3. Prepare your supporting documents: a.) Supply copies of all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts (You must provide official copies of your transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used). Supporting documents that are not in English must be provided with a certified English translation. b.) You must also provide contact details for two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme.