Funding and fees

If you’re hoping to secure funding for your PhD, there are many options available. Visit to search our funding opportunities, project ideas, research areas and PhD supervisors. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it’s important that you apply as early as possible. Popular sources of funding for our postgraduate researchers include:

School of Computing Scholarship
The funding may be linked to a specific non-EPSRC funded project or your own research project. Open to all nationalities.

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships
There are a number of fully-funded places open to UK and EU applicants.  

China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarships
At least 15 China Scholarship Council/University of Leeds Scholarships are available for International fee-paying students who are nationals of the People's Republic of China. The School of Computing is also offering an additional China Scholarship Council/University of Leeds Scholarship.

Centres for Doctoral Training
CDTs provide structured PhD training and you will be part of a cohort of postgraduate researchers. Funding typically covers academic fees and a maintenance grant at standard Research Council rates. Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other EU applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study.

Other funding sources

Each year the University receives funding from the Research Councils for new postgraduate scholarships (Masters and research). You should check the relevant Research Council website for further information.

There are many trusts, charities and foundations that award partial funding for postgraduate study. There are huge numbers of applications for these sums of money, so you’ll need a strong case to make a successful application.


Postgraduate research fees are not regulated by the UK government so decisions on UK undergraduate fees do not apply to them. Our postgraduate research fees are set independently and reviewed on an annual basis. Where the research projects undertaken require a high expenditure on consumables, equipment or other resources an annual bench fee may be charged in addition to the academic fees. 

Fees are listed on the University of Leeds website.