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.

Sources of funding for our postgraduate researchers include:

  • School of Physics and Astronomy Scholarships
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council Scholarship
  • Leeds Doctoral Scholarships
  • China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarships
  • Bell Burnell Scholarship Fund

Find up to date information on funding opportunities in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Other funding sources

You could benefit from a funded PhD place along with enhanced training and development through our Centres for Doctoral Training.

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.