3 x 4 Year Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Studentship opportunities for applicants who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME)

Qualification: PhD

Departments: Archaeology and Ancient History School of Business School of Criminology English Education History History of Art and Film Leicester Law School Media and Communication Modern Languages Museum Studies Politics and International Relations Sociology

Application deadline: 31 March 2021

Start date: 27 September 2021


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Graduate Teaching Assistants Scheme (GTA)

Open to Candidates who self-identify as BAME* (* see full criteria in the Eligibility section below.)

The University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is committed to enhancing the opportunities for BAME applicants in its research postgraduate cohorts, supporting BAME students to progress into academia as a career and thereby  increasing the representation of BAME staff within the College, leading to an increase in the ethnic diversity of our workforce.

The College is therefore seeking applications for our BAME GTA scholarship scheme. The College has a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines and will consider applications across this broad spectrum including Law; Criminology; Management; Economics; Education; Museum Studies; History; Politics and International Relations; Media Communications; Sociology; Modern Languages; History of Art and Film; English; and Archaeology and Ancient History. Applications in disciplines where there is an increased teaching need will be prioritised in the shortlisting process.

Applicants are asked to submit a detailed research proposal with their online application – please refer to the How to Apply section below for further details and guidelines to the format of your proposal.

Successful applicants will be engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants who hold a unique position in the University; they will be both registered students in receipt of a scholarship and employees of the University.  As such they hold two mutually dependent agreements with the University of Leicester and are required to abide by the terms and conditions of both agreements, as well as having the opportunity to enjoy the privileges of each scheme. (Job Summary attached). Terms and conditions will be provided on appointment.

The GTA scholarships will be funded for 4 years after which there will be a competitive process for a Teaching Fellowship position for an initial fixed period of 1 year.  

Grade 7 Teaching Fellowship

There will be a one year Grade 7 Teaching Fellowship position that the successful BAME GTA students can apply for in the 4th year of their study. Details of this competitive process will be communicated at the start of the 4th Year. Expected salary would be Grade 7, spine point 31.



Successful applicants will receive:

  • The scholarship element of the GTA is a combined salary and maintenance grant equalling the full UK Research Council (UKRI) rate £15,609 (rate for the 2021/2) plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
  • Tailored support and career mentoring/networking opportunities throughout the PhD process.
  • Preparatory career training and support for application to a post-PhD position.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UK Bachelor degree with at least a good second class classification and should hold or expect to hold a Master’s degree by the PhD start date of 27 September 2021 or overseas equivalent qualifications.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Please send enquiries to PGR Admissions.

How to apply

How to apply

Applicants who have already applied for a PhD place for 2021 entry in the subject areas below can be considered if they meet the required criteria. They should email pgradmissions@le.ac.uk to request to be considered for the GTA funding before the closing date and include their current application ID number.

New applicants

Refer to the Social Science, Arts and Humanities PhD subject pages:

Identify supervisors within Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities subjects whose research is of interest and closely matches your own.

Using the guidelines for Research Proposals in the area you wish to apply for prepare your research proposal. For the subject areas that require you to use the Research Proposal Form* please download and complete the proposal form and upload this to your online application.

Submit your PhD application using the appropriate Apply Button at the bottom off this page and include the following:

  • CV
  • Research Proposal *
  • Personal statement
  • Bachelor Degree Certificates and Transcripts
  • Master's Degree Certificates and Transcripts -if study completed or marks to date
  • 2 Academic References - enter contact details of referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already to hand

In the proposal section upload your proposal and include the names of proposed supervisors and your research proposal title in the section provided.

In the funding section of the application select Studentship from the drop down menu and select CSSAH BAME GTA.  If you self identify as BLACK and would also like to be considered for the ring fenced GTA studentship please select CSSAH BAME GTA BOTH in the drop down menu.

Applications will be considered by the BAME GTA panel after the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for online interview and successful candidates will be informed in June 2021.



Criteria for consideration for the GTA funding:

  • UK applicants only.
  • Applicants must meet the standard UK Government criteria for Home fees and have no restrictions on permanent residency. For further advice please contact pgradmissions@le.ac.uk and include a copy of your current passport / immigration status.
  • Candidates must self-identify as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) student:
    • Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi Asian or Asian British – Indian
    • Asian or Asian British – Pakistani
    • Other Asian background
    • Black or Black British – African
    • Black or Black British – Caribbean
    • Other Black background
    • Chinese
    • Mixed
    • Other ethnic background

In recognition of the under-representation of Black students at PGR level a minimum of one scholarship per year will be ring fenced for a Black applicant.