Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Postgraduate scholarships

Scholarships for 2018 entry onto taught postgraduate programmes

School of Design Taught Postgraduate Award

School of Design offers six Taught Postgraduate Awards of £3,000.

You can request an application form via email from Michelle Benson, Education Service Officer Taught – Postgraduate Admissions: texpg@leeds.ac.uk.

GREAT Scholarship Scheme

The University of Leeds is proud to be working in partnership with the British Council’s GREAT Scholarship Scheme to offer prestigious scholarships for Indian students starting their studies at Leeds in September 2018.
The British Council is working with the University of Leeds to offer students from India a fulfilling educational experience in the UK.
You can apply for the scholarship if you:
What is it?
One £5,000 scholarship is available for a full time, self-financed overseas fee paying student who has been offered a place (unconditional or conditional) for the academic year commencing September 2018.
Recipients of the Scholarship will have the scholarship amount deducted from their tuition fee – the award cannot be used in conjunction with any other fee scholarship (with the exception of the University of Leeds Alumni Bursary).

How are they awarded?
As well as meeting the conditions for your offer, you will need to be able to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

How do I apply?
You can request an application form via email from Michelle Benson, Education Service Officer Taught – Postgraduate Admissions: texpg@leeds.ac.uk.

Closing date: visit the British Council website for closing dates.

Scholarships for 2018 entry onto PhD research programmes

School of Design PhD Scholarships

Two PhD scholarships are available for full-time research degree study in the School of Design for Sessions 2018/19. Each award provides full academic fees for Home/EU rated applicants or partial fees at the Home/EU rate for international applicants and a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18).

Once you are in receipt of your student ID Number please email designphd@leeds.ac.uk for an application form.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

Visit our PhD research programme pages for more information about research degrees at the School of Design.

Fully funded PhD studentship – Green chemistry systems for coloration of polyester: development of sustainable solvents systems and application of CO2 chemistry

This PhD studentship is available from 1 October 2018 and covers all fees at the UK rate and an additional stipend of £16,000 p.a. for three years. The studentship covers all bench fees and provides a budget for all research costs. The PhD also offers the opportunity to travel to international conferences to present the findings of the research.

The successful applicant should have or predicted to have a minimum equivalent of an upper second-class honours degree in chemistry, colour chemistry, or a closely related subject. Experience with and a passion for green chemistry is desirable, but previous experience with colorants is not a requirement.

The textile industry has huge problems of inefficiency, pollution and waste. Traditional dyeing processes use 5.8 trillion litres of water and 391 billion kWh of energy p.a., and dye remaining after dyeing (plus other auxiliary chemicals), contributes one fifth of the world’s industrial water pollution (World Bank). The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) program, a collaborative effort from 62 brands and supply chain affiliates, has issued a report on chemicals it seeks to phase out by 2020 based on hazard concerns they pose to human health, aquatic life, and the environment. Polyester is the number one synthetic fibre produced throughout the world (over 50 million tonnes p.a.), and its demand is expected to grow in the next decade, therefore, greener processes are critical for these final fabrics. Most polyester is dyed with disperse dyes at high temperatures (ca. 135 °C) in water.

To address sustainability concerns in textile dyeing, this PhD research project will study how green systems can be integrated into polyester dyeing processes by exploring alternative, recyclable solvent systems other than water. In another aspect of the research, novel CO2 chemistry will be used to develop new disperse dyes that can be used in water without the need for auxiliary chemicals.

Please contact Dr. Richard Blackburn (r.s.blackburn@leeds.ac.uk) with any enquires and for details of how to apply.

Download further information about the studentship here.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2018.

Fully funded PhD studentship – EPSRC iCASE PhD Studentship with University of Leeds and Proctor and Gamble: The effects of laundry detergent actives on overall garment/fabric care and integrity

PhD Supervisors: Dr Richard Blackburn and Prof Stephen Russell (University of Leeds) and Dr Alan Brooker and Mrs Lindsey Heathcote (P&G).

Applications are invited for this 4 year PhD studentship. The research project, which is jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Procter and Gamble (P&G), will be primarily conducted within the Textiles Technology Group, University of Leeds.

The project is funded for a total of 4 years, which includes an opportunity to spend 3-6 months at P&G Newcastle Innovation Centre, further enhancing their training. The studentship includes full payment of fees and a tax-free stipend of £17,777 p.a. The preferred PhD start date is 1 October 2018.

The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, and this has been exacerbated by a trend towards fast fashion and industrialisation of emerging economies which has led to a doubling in clothing production between 2000-2014. The purpose of this project is to understand the mechanisms behind improving textile care and potentially formulate novel strategies to drive delight in fabric care.

Please contact Dr. Richard Blackburn (r.s.blackburn@leeds.ac.uk) for any enquires and for details of how to apply.

Download further information about the studentship here.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2018.



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