Poet of international acclaim and children’s rights activist, Lemn Sissay, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield. Having spent his childhood in care, Lemn’s achievements are an inspiration to other looked after young people across the country and it is fitting that this scholarship should be offered in his name.
The University of Huddersfield recognises the particular challenges young care leavers face in accessing higher education.
The Lemn Sissay PhD Scholarship for Care Leavers is a full scholarship which covers fees and provides a bursary of £13,700 per year for 3 years full-time study at doctoral level. The focus of the study can be in any subject area as long as it fits within one of our seven Academic Schools.
This scholarship is only open to care leavers. Applicants must have been in Local Authority care up to or at age 16, and still in care, or have left within the last ten years.
To apply for this PhD Scholarship, please apply using our online application form. You should clearly indicate on the form (section 4) that you are applying for the ‘Lemn Sissay PhD Scholarship for Care Leavers’, and within the application identify which School/Department your study would sit within.
The selection process will be in two stages.
You will need to complete the online application form.
The successful candidate will be expected to undertake up to a maximum of 6 hours teaching/ other duties per week as appropriate to their experience, disciplinary background, allocated research centre and broader needs of the institute.
It is anticipated that study will commence in October 2018. For further information please contact Rebeca Hays, Care Leavers Coordinator (R.Hayes@hud.ac.uk) who will also be able to connect you with recent Lemn Sissay Scholarship recipients.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 31 July 2018.