The Leverhulme Trust will fund up to 18 Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships for UK universities in priority research areas. As a result we have a demand management process in place.

The call opens in January 2023 and closes 2 June 2023, with decisions being made in November 2023.

See the call information.


  • Each institution can only lead one proposal, but can partner on multiple bids in different topic areas
  • Each grant is worth up to £1.95 million
  • 15 or 18 scholarships available in a priority area for the university
  • Up to three scholarships can be offered to international students
  • Includes option to include up to three Masters Plus opportunities for underrepresented groups (low income and Black students)
  • Allows a consortium of up to two universities
  • Usual Leverhulme exclusion topic areas
  • Will fund 10 grants in total

Assessment criteria

  • How well it fits with the standard trust criteria: Our approach to grant-making
  • Strength of the case being made, including evidence of topic being a research priority and demonstrating excellence
  • Fit with the current provision for doctoral training
  • Legacy for the chosen research area beyond the life of the grant
  • If relevant the strength of the case and management of the consortium arrangements

Internal selection process

  • Stage 1: October 2022 to January 2023
    • Open competition to the university inviting short summaries of proposed doctoral training topic in line with the assessment criteria of the Leverhulme (Questions as per below)
    • A panel to choose up to three of the summaries to move forward and provide further information
  • Stage 2: January 2023 - February 2023
    • Chosen shortlist candidates provide more detail to panel via a presentation before final decision is made about which proposal to submit to the Leverhulme
  • Stage 3: March 2023 - June 2023
    • Develop full proposal for submission to the Leverhulme in June 2023

Stage 1 outline summaries

  • Title
  • Within 500 words describe your proposed doctoral training topic area, including how well it aligns to the research priorities of the university and either:
    • a) evidence of excellence in the area, or
    • b) evidence to explain any innovation into a new field.
  • How will this new doctoral training fit with the existing provision at Bath? (200 word limit)
  • Describe the proposed management structures for the doctoral training centre and an indication of who is going to be involved in the supervision and training opportunities (200 word limit)
  • If you are proposing to work as part of a consortium, briefly provide details of why this adds value to the proposal and how it will work (200 word limit)

Email your outline summaries to Sarah Jones, Research Development Manager in RIS, by 4pm 11 January 2023: