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WREAC Scholarships

The White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC) combines the research expertise of the more than 40 East Asian Studies staff members of the universities of Sheffield and Leeds to provide a better and broader education for its MA and PhD students. It aims to integrate its postgraduate teaching programmes and already has created some innovative and unique forms of advanced teaching and research student training cooperation.

The centre is able to offer the following scholarships for postgraduate study at either the University of Leeds or the University of Sheffield:

  1. ESRC WR DTC Language-based Area Studies (East Asian Studies) Pathway Scholarships

These awards are only available to UK and EU nationals and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay tuition fees at the international fee rate.

ESRC WR DTC Language-based Area Studies (East Asian Studies) Pathway Scholarships

The White Rose East Asia Centre has been awarded two ESRC PhD scholarships as part of the Language-based Area Studies/East Asian Studies (social science field) training pathway on a 1+3 or a +3 basis within the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC), a major new collaboration between the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

The Language-based Area Studies (East Asian Studies) Pathway scholarships are available to UK and EU students. One scholarship is based at the University of Leeds, while the other is based at the University of Sheffield.

Applicants for the scholarship on a 1+3 basis must have a minimum of a good 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in an appropriate Asian Studies field or a relevant disciplinary area.

Applicants for the scholarship on a +3 basis should have a minimum of a good 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent, together with a good Masters level qualification in an appropriate Asian Studies field or a relevant disciplinary area, as well as a well-developed research proposal for the PhD project.

For further information about the studentship and the application process at Leeds, please click here.

For further details about the WR DTC at Sheffield, please click here.

The WR DTC is one of the largest consortia in the UK and offers a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences, as well as numerous training opportunities, particularly focused upon maximising the social and economic benefits of students' research. WR DTC students work with other students in their discipline from across Yorkshire and have numerous opportunities to develop their interdisciplinary research networks and expertise.

Other awards and scholarships

Sasakawa Studentships for Japanese Studies at Leeds

Awards to the value of £10,000 are available to UK/EU and international students who have applied to study for a PhD (full-time and part-time) in Japanese Studies and UK students who have applied to study on a relevant MA programme, including the MA by research (MAR). Non-UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme, who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme are also welcome to apply.

The deadline for applications for the Sasakawa studentship is 31 March 2016.

For further information on how to apply, please click here. Enquiries can also be made directly to Professor Mark Williams (m.b.williams@leeds.ac.uk).

Other funding opportunities at Leeds and Sheffield

For more information about scholarships in general and deadlines for applications, please visit:  

The postgraduate scholarships page at Leeds. This site provides up-to-date information about taught and research postgraduate scholarships for study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, including details on eligibility and the application process.

The postgraduate fees and funding page at Sheffield. This gives details of scholarships for study across all disciplines at the University of Sheffield.

What to do next

Please look at the information about studying at the WREAC universities of Leeds and Sheffield through their websites. If you have questions about how to find PhD supervisors or about WREAC scholarships, please contact us at info@wreac.org. If you want to discuss your application for an MA degree at one of the WREAC universities, please contact the postgraduate secretaries at the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University or the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at Leeds.