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White Rose University Consortium Doctoral Training Centre

The White Rose East Asia Centre has been awarded two ESRC PhD Scholarship as part of the Language-based Area Studies/East Asian Studies training pathway on a 1+3 or a +3 basis within the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), a major new collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York with a total of 48 ESRC studentships per year over 5 years. The WR DTC is one of the largest consortia in the country 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 your research. Students will work together with others studying in their discipline from across Yorkshire and have lots of opportunities to develop their Interdisciplinary research networks and expertise.

These scholarships are available on a 1+3 or a +3 basis in the White Rose East Asia Centre (Leeds) pathways.  One scholarship will be at the University of Leeds and one at the University of Sheffield.


These awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award;


The deadline for applications for ESRC funded studentships will be 31 March 2011. Successful candidates will be notified by the beginning of June. For further details about the scholarships and the application procedure:




Japan Forum Scholarship (UK, EU and International Students)

Provides £10,000 to be used for fees and/or maintenance

The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) is pleased to announce a new studentship to support the completion of a PhD in Japanese Studies and the opportunity to serve as Managing Editor for Japan Forum, the official journal of BAJS. Japan Forum is ranked 'A' out of more than 20,000 academic journals by the Australian Research Council (For more information:

For more details of the studentship, click here.

Deadline for applications 30 April 2011

Other scholarship opportunities

As all scholarships are highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to pursue other scholarship opportunities as detailed below:

University of Leeds


China Scholarship Council/University of Leeds scholarships (deadline for 2011/12 session was 3 December 2010, but the scholarships are expected to continue in years to come pending further confirmation. Please watch this space).

Fully-Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS) Session 2011/12 Closing Date 24 January 2011 (although the deadline is passed, potential international applicants can apply next year)

University Research Scholarships (Home/EU students). Doctoral awards in any discipline. Closing date 25 March 2011.

Full Fee Scholarships. Master's programmes - any discipline (home/EU students). Closing date 10 June 2011.

For further information and how to apply please see:

The University of Sheffield.

Details of the competitive scholarships offered by the University and the Faculty for the academic year 2011-2012 are available at the following URLs.



Although the deadline for the 2011/12 session has now passed, potential applicants can apply next year.

Application process

Guidance on the PhD application procedures to both is available at: (Leeds); and (Sheffield)

Please note the deadline for each scholarship.