Application procedure

Guidance on how to apply for a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship and details of the information that must be included in an application. 

Application procedure overview

There are three elements in the application procedure:

  1. A short application form and a detailed statement, which must be submitted by a nominated principal applicant. The principal applicant should be the person who would have overall responsibility for the management of the award and for preparing annual progress reports. He or she is likely to be the dean of the relevant faculty, the head of a graduate school, or the head of a school. Once a principal applicant has been nominated, we will give them access to the online application system.
  2. A supporting statement from a designated representative of the applying university. The designated representative should be the pro-vice-chancellor for research, or someone holding a similar role.
  3. Institutional approval of the application, following the applicant university’s normal procedure for approving Leverhulme Trust applications.
     

Information to be provided by the principal applicant

The application form asks for brief biographical details about the principal applicant, the title of the programme, and a 250-word summary of each of the following: the rationale behind the choice of research subject area for doctoral scholarships; the relationship between the proposed Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships and any current doctoral training awards in the chosen research subject area or related disciplines; how the proposed Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships would provide added value in the chosen research subject area and to the university; the legacy that will be delivered for the university’s research in the chosen research subject area and details of how the university intends to sustain this beyond the three years of the Leverhulme grant; details of any relevant additional financial or other support or resources to be provided by the university during the grant. These points should be elaborated on in the detailed statement.

The detailed statement should address the following issues in detail and provide any other relevant key information:

  • The rationale behind the choice of research subject area for doctoral scholarships
  • The relationship between the proposed Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships and any current doctoral training awards in the chosen research subject area or related disciplines
  • How the proposed Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships would provide added value in the chosen research subject area and to the university
  • The legacy that will be delivered for the university’s research in the chosen research subject area and details of how the university intends to sustain this beyond the three years of the Leverhulme grant
  • Details of any relevant additional financial or other support or resources to be provided by the university during the grant
  • Relevant information about key academic staff likely to be involved (such as the number of their doctoral supervisees) and about general research capacity in this area
  • The proposed mode of selecting the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars to ensure that those candidates chosen have an outstanding academic record and the potential to complete their doctoral studies successfully.

The maximum length of the statement is ten sides of A4 (font size 11pt or greater). The principal applicant can choose how to use this space in order to address these points.

Information to be provided in the supporting statement by the designed representative

The designated representative will be asked to provide a 500-word statement explaining why the research subject area is deemed to be of importance to the university and giving key information about the university’s research capacity in this area (for example, numbers of staff and doctoral students, and grant income). 

Institutional Approval

Once the designated representative has provided the statement, the application form requires online institutional approval according to the normal procedure for signing off Leverhulme Trust applications. This must be provided by 4pm on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Before making an application

Before beginning an application, please read the following essential guidance: