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ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Studentships 2017/18

Closing date for applications: 1 February 2017

The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) offers funding for postgraduate study in the social sciences on a 1+3 or +3 basis (full-time or part-time) from September/October 2017. Full awards offer UK/EU fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend of approximately £14,296* (2016/17 rate) and some additional research expenses.  

1+3 funding (Masters followed by PhD) is suitable for applicants who do not currently hold a relevant Masters degree or a who hold a Masters degree which does not demonstrate an appropriate level of research training in the social sciences (click here for"eligibility criteria" which provides more details).  This route provides funding for a 1 year MA in Social Research from September 2017 followed by 3 years funding for PhD study from October 2018.  Further details on the MA in Social Research will be available shortly.

+3 funding (PhD only) is available for applicants who can demonstrate that they have already achieved a level of research training in the social sciences that would allow them to proceed directly to PhD.  This is usually through the attainment of a suitable previous Masters (such as an MA in Social Research). For further details on what social science training is required for +3 study, please click here and look under "eligibility criteria".

Funding opportunities for 2017/18

How to apply

Applicants should first submit a PhD application to the School of Geography which includes a research proposal in a relevant area.  Ideally you will have contacted potential supervisors beforehand to discuss and develop your research interests/proposal.  If you are applying for 1+3 funding, it is not expected that your research proposal will be as well developed as someone who is applying for the +3 route. You should submit your PhD application to the School well in advance of the ESRC Scholarship funding deadline (1 February 2017) to allow time for us to process your PhD application and follow up any missing supporting documents if necessary.

You should then submit an ESRC scholarship application through the University's online system by 1 February 2017.  Scholarship applications will be assessed by the School and the strongest applications will be put forward to the Open Competition. Results of the competition will be announced at the end of April 2017.

Other ESRC funding opportunities may become available and will be advertised on our website in due course.

For further information on the application process and a link to the scholarship application system, please click here