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ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Studentships 2018/19

Closing date for applications: 24 January 2018 (17:00)

The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) offers funding for postgraduate study in the social sciences on a 1+3 or +3 basis from September/October 2018. Full awards offer UK/EU fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend of approximately £14,553* (2017/18 rate) and some additional research expenses.  Applicants for a full scholarship must normally be a UK or EU citizen who has been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to starting the award. For full details of residency requirements, please see Annex 1 of the  RCUK Training Grant Guide

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 the 1 year MA in Social Research (Interdisciplinary) at the University of Leeds from September 2018 followed by 3 years funding for PhD study from October 2019. 

+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".

If you are unclear which funding route you are eligible for, please submit your PhD application to the School of Geography and the ESRC online scholarship form and we will guide you further.  You do not need to apply directly for the MA in Research Methods (Interndisciplinary).  You will be offered a place on it automatically if you are successful with your funding application and the WRDTP decide this is the best route for you.  You will also obtain advice from prospective supervisors and the Graduate School staff when you make your application.

Current funding opportunities for 2018/19

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 but you must still have a research idea with methodology and a timeline. You should submit your PhD application to the School well in advance of the ESRC Scholarship funding deadline 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 24 January 2018 (17:00).  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 by the end of April 2018.

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